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Published on October 14th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Spring Chick’s to-die-for craft room

Once in a while I receive a craft room hack that turns me green, really really green. This is one of them. Lucky you, Kari!

Kari says, “I recently moved to a new house and am lucky enough to finally have a whole room for my crafting hobbies/business. I do a lot of sewing so I wanted a big, flat, and high (to save my back) work surface where I could lay out fabric. I also needed a lot of storage space.

My solution was to buy four Ikea base kitchen cabinets (2, 30″ and 2, 18″). After assembling the cabinets, we (my husband and I) bolted them together on the bottom and added turned feet (to make it higher and prettier).

We flipped it right side up and built a top out of MDF. We covered the MDF with nice fabric (actually a shower curtain, for the width) which we stapled on underneath the edge.

We had a piece of glass cut to cover the whole top. As finishing touches, we added wood trim to hide the ‘seams’ between cabinets, glass knobs, and an Ikea rod (Bygel). I think it turned quite nicely and it functions just as I had hoped. A huge work surface (with a knee hole for sitting), with tons of storage underneath.

On the other side of the room, I needed a desk. We also used Ikea kitchen cabinet bases for this (one 24″, one 18″), one side with drawers, one with a door. Then we just used the Ikea white kitchen counter top (Pragel) for the top. We also added feet and glass knobs to the desk. When I pulled up a chair to the desk, I realized that (duh!), this desk was higher than a regular desk, because it is counter height. Therefore, I had to go buy a counter height stool (Ikea Henriksdal). I modified their standard cover by sewing on a little Ikea fabric (Fredrika) around the bottom for a more custom look.”

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53 Responses to Spring Chick’s to-die-for craft room

  1. Anonymous says:

    sweet!..wish i had the room for something this nice

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can you give approximate measurements of the table shown? I have a fairly small room to work with and a small bet with my hubs that a table like this would fit! Thanks!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very clever. Love to see how ingenious people are.

    Thank you.

    Love Ikea, Mich

  4. Kari says:

    Update: So it’s been a few years since I made this and after pushing it around the room several times, 2 of the base cabinets did get stressed and cracked, which prevented the door from closing. Ikea only guarantees their cabinets if they are installed per instructions and never moved. We love the table so we disassembled it and built it better than ever. Since I had to replace 2 cabinets anyway, I rebuilt it without the knee hole so that it is now a solid base (instead of U shape). This makes it stronger and now has more storage. We built a solid platform with rolling casters on the bottom so moving it now will not stress it at all. Then we just bolted the cabinets together and to the solid base.
    For Anon on 7/3/11, we do have double french doors to that room that it fits through, but the whole thing is easily disassembled if we needed to move it. Top comes of, cabinets can be detached from each other and the base.
    Thanks everyone for continuing to check this out!

  5. rilojane says:

    Found you via TipNut – I am *in love* with this. Thank you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea. I need more workspace as well as storage. This will solve both of my problems.
    What size is the counter top for the desk? (49″, 73″ or 96″)
    What are the measurements for the glass?

  7. Anonymous says:

    this looks awesome, very well finished.
    Only have one issue, u built it in the room, what happens if you wanna move in the future? hehe :)
    Wondering if it could it be built so it could be split into two cabinet pieces that join together with the table top free floating but recessed underneath to join the two bases (like a cap) so it can get through a door?

  8. Corinne says:

    Brilliant!!! You just solved a huge problem for me. :-) I have a Hermann Miller Counter Height Task Chair. We recently moved & I’m having trouble finding a counter height desk. I sure don’t want to get rid of the chair! I’ve been searching for a solution for 3 weeks now. Thanks to you, I can get to the planning stage finally! :-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    We are in the process of building this craft table!!! I am so excited! What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I recently used this as my inspiration for my office, and now I’m in LOVE with being in my office! Thank you so much!

  11. Cabinet Doors says:

    I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

  12. Debbie says:

    that is awesome, I want one. thank you for sharing and I love your new room.

  13. Your post is something that would be a Godsend for any crafter. Thanks for sharing your Ikea idea Kari.

  14. Kari says:

    For those who are wondering about the feet they are ‘tulip’ style wood feet that I got at my local woodcraft store. They are also available online.
    Deena – I used Ikea BASE cabinets. Stephanie, the dimensions are about 4 feet 5.5 feet. Thanks all!

  15. Jill says:

    These look great! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  16. Leslie says:

    You have done an exception job putting this together. I love all the finishing details. Your hubby is a good man to help you put this together! Can you share where you got the turned feet? Thanks!

  17. Anonymous says:

    My husband doesn’t know it yet, but he is going to build me one of those. I am so excited. Thank you for the inspiration.

  18. Stephanie says:

    What are the dimensions on your table? I’m lucky enough to have a hubby who can build me something like that without having to buy Ikea cabinets. If you could email me, I’d appreciate it, I REALLY like your table! <3 [email protected]

  19. Deena says:

    Your craft table is so awesome! My husband is going to build one for me. I was looking at the Ikea website though and was wondering if you used base cabinets or wall cabinets? Since you said you had to use a counter height stool, it makes me think you used base cabinets. But the only ones on the site have metal feet. Maybe they have more in the store than online?

    I can’t wait to get mine built! Thanks for the idea.

  20. Kari says:

    I think the whole room cost around $1200. My Ikea receipt for all the cabinet materials was about $800 (for both the work table and desk). Add to that the extra wood, fabric, glass top,knobs, etc. You could do the whole project cheaper by making different cabinet selections and skipping some of the finishing details.

  21. crafty dreamer says:

    looks great! Kari, can you please share how much the whole project cost you?

  22. alecat says:

    You’ve inspired me to change some of my renovation plans re: the dining and adjoining sewing/office.
    Thank you so much.

  23. what a fantastic idea and they look great, too

  24. Judy says:

    Very clever and a fantastic work area.

  25. Kari says:

    I did attach the top. Just drilled up from underneath.

  26. Lisa Brown says:

    AWESOME!! Love the clean crisp look of the white!

  27. ~amy~ says:

    Absolutely FABulous!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Kari did you attach the top of the desk to the two cabinets? if so, how? thanx!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I was looking for a more grown up Lego building station for my nine-year-old, because the Lego tables ready made are for toddlers. This is it!!! Thanks so much. You are a friggin genius. :o )

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is seriously brilliant! I’m going to use this in my craft room… been looking for a fabulous cutting table with storage! Thanks!

  31. Wow. You’re a rockstar. Can I be you when I grow up? Definitely coming back here, especially since we’re getting an IKEA in a few months. Woohoo!!! No more driving six hours!

  32. Kari says:

    Thanks Jules and everybody! Anon -I used the white STAT cabinet doors.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Can Kari please say what doors she used for the cabinets? This hack looks awesome! Thanks!

  34. Adlin says:

    thanks for sharing…you guys did an amazing job. clutter free hobby room…very inspiring!

  35. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful job!! I am totally envious!

    Are those knobs from Restoration Hardware? I think I have the same ones in my kitchen…

    Great hack!

  36. Janine says:

    That project was sooooo cool.

  37. Beth says:

    A whole room for craft!
    I’m completely jeleous. I don’t even have a whole room to call my own, let alone space to leave my craft projects ready to get on with when I have the time.

  38. maritessb says:

    OMG this is s a real inspiration! Thanks for sharing this. Now I have to bug the hubby. LOL.

  39. Sugarblush says:

    now this is what i call a hack. love it.

  40. Michele says:

    The large work table is great and looks really useful.

  41. Maria says:

    Wow, brilliant!

  42. Erin says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. You and your husband did an awesome job!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget a nice little footrest under that high desk!

  44. alyssa says:

    I love this!!!! Good thing I’m just starting to put together my craft room :D

  45. Michaela says:

    Both hacks are extremely useful and also very neat.
    The towel rod is cherry on the cake. I’m always looking for a reasonable place for the kitchen towels.
    Now you gave me the idea. Good work!

  46. Courtney e says:

    WOW! I LOVE the huge craft area, and the desk!! They look so great!!!

  47. Chuck says:

    Unbelievably cool! Great work and totally inspiring.

  48. Anonymous says:

    wow. that is beautiful, and I’m totally jealous. ;D

  49. Ashley says:

    These are AMAZING!!!!

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