Published on June 29th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Quilters Table with storage

2 IKEA Expedit (2 x 4) bookcases
2 sheets of plywood (3/4″)
5 heavy duty casters
5 washers
5 lockwashers
leftover flooring
18 – 20 L-brackets

1. Assemble the two bookcases

2. Cut the two sheets of plywood down to 6 ft (cut 2 ft off the long side). The sheets will now measure 4ft x 6 ft). Paint one side of each sheet to match/coordinate the finish of your EXPEDIT pieces. In my case, I just painted them white.

3. Mount 4 of the casters in the four corners (within 6″ of the edge of the long side so that they will not interfere with the bookcases), and one in the center. The casters should be mounted on the side of the plywood that is NOT painted.

4. Position the bookcases parallel to each other but with 13 1/4″ of space in between them. Position the plywood (with the casters) on top of the two bookcases. You should now have a 6″ overhang on the long ends, and a 2″ overhang on the short ends. Secure the the plywood and the bookcases together with L-brackets (2 on each of the short ends and 1 in the middle of the long side).

5. FOR THIS STEP ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED !! Turn the table upright (see photo above)

6. Attach the 2nd piece of plywood (painted side down) to the top of the two bookcases, using the same measurements you used on the bottom.

7. Finish the top with the covering of your choice. I used leftover flooring for mine. In the main picture, I have attached the trim to the top but not yet to the bottom.

~ Irene Grimes

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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".

15 Responses to Quilters Table with storage

  1. Barbara Vann says:

    “Quilter’s Table With Storage” Is this a kit ( could not find the price if it is)? Or is this just
    instructions? Thank you so much!

  2. Andrew says:

    Because of this manual, I was able to make it almost identical to yours!!! My girlfriend wanted to have one for a while so I did it while she was at work Christmas week and surprised her when she got home! Thank you!!!!

  3. PammieTaj says:

    I’m almost finished building my own! I’m waiting for a roll of cork to come in for the top, then I need to add the trim. Thank you so much for sharing your hack!

  4. Angie Turner says:

    This just gave me a fantastic idea for making an island for my kitchen!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mine is a 4 x 8 foot door, that was unfinished, and we varnished it and put trim around the end and layed it on top of six refinished kitchen cabinets that we got for dirt cheap, viola, extra large cutting area with tons of storage underneath.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would like it 8′ long, so i don’t have to clear everything off to cut. one end for notions. Then peg board on the ends for adjustable hooks, rulers ect.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like the design, I would round the corners of the plywood.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I dont think stubbing your toe would be a problem the wheels are quite big

    • mama saartje says:

      I like it, but I don’t see the need to make the bottom layer so big? I would make it the same size as the expedits are wide.
      But anyway: looks very usefull!

  9. liniecat says:

    I think Id end up stubbing my toes against the bottom layer but having said that, this is smashing! Just perfect kit bashing lol

  10. Anonymous says:

    mine’s only half of that, and works awesome! nice job

  11. Oooh, Irene, so jealous, I think your table is bigger than my sewing room, LOL, this looks fab

  12. Laurel says:

    Absolutely perfect — I’ll bet it works great for your projects. Looks good too!

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is terrific! The only issue I see is things possibly falling thru into the middle. But I’m definitely filing this away in my project file. Thanks for sharing it.

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