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Published on March 9th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


The Ultimate Quilting Table

The Ultimate Quilting Table

Materials: 2 Ikea Expedit bookcases, 1 Ikea Numerar countertop, 4 heavy duty casters and 2 2x4s

Description: As any quilter will tell you, a large table to support the quilt is a must have item. We were looking at all kinds of hacks for months before walking into IKEA and seeing the Expedit bookcase on it’s side and on casters! The wheels starting turning… To make it larger, we placed two Expedits side by side, joining them at each end.

The Ultimate Quilting Table

We then put it up on casters (not those for sale at IKEA, in my opinion it was a broken toe waiting to happen!) To make the top smooth we added the large Numerar counter top with “L” brackets, making the counter hang over on one side and one end.

This enables two quilters (possibly 3!) to sit and sew together with plenty of leg room underneath. Foot controls can sit on a shelf for easy reach. A coat of poly to make the counter smooth is a wonderful finish and your choice of baskets gives you a ton of storage for WIPs (work in progress) and fat quarters.

~ Ms. Bland MacPherson-Reddy, Burlington

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

10 Responses to The Ultimate Quilting Table

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s an OK concept, but there’s not enough room for your knees, the foot pedal issue was mentioned and I like my machine flush with the table top. I have my sewing “table” kitchen counter height and have a raised area for my pedal but I notice the cord for this persons machine go off to the side so they are out of site, not sure how they reach it, LOL!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps after the comments are approved, you could forward to the poster for answers.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I did notice the chair is actually a stool. If you have a foot pedal for your machine, versus a knee pedal, you had better have long legs to reach.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I, too, wonder what sizes used? Looks like 2 of the 2×4 expedits were placed on side back to back? Please provide more details. Sorry I am dense about this! Thanks for sharing

  5. Leah says:

    What was the size of the countertop that was used for the top of the shelves. I am looking at the IKEA website now and it seems like the countertops they have wouldn’t fit (too small). I love this idea and would really like appreciate the help!

  6. Great idea, at least it didn’t remain as a PHD

    (project half done)

  7. Againstthegrain says:

    Not a quilter any more, but as a handknitter/spinner, I knew what WIPs were, as well as UFOs. ;-)

  8. Dresnia says:

    Decent hack for putting stuff away and a large place for your cloths, but it does seem a bit annoying too get your feet/leg close enough, giving back issues.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How were the 2×4′s used?

  10. famousamy says:

    This also looks like it might make a great island for a kitchen. Well done!

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