Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Expedit sewing/crafting/cutting table

Materials: Expedit 4×2 units, Vika Amon tabletop, Ribba picture ledge

Description: This is a cutting table for craft and sewing projects. The base is two Ikea Expedit units (4×2) that I put on their sides and connected together. To connect them together I used the brackets that come with the Expedits that are meant to connect them to the wall.

Then I attached Besta 4 inch legs (10 of them total – 5 on each Expedit) to the bottom to give the table more height (so it would be closer to counter height). This allows for the right height to cut without hunching over.

The tabletop is the Vika Amon tabletop (the one that is 59 x 29.5). I covered it in a layer of quilt batting and then fabric (the padding makes it better for ironing directly on the table). The tabletop is connected to the Expedits with L brackets from the hardware store.

On the long edge of one side of the table are two Ribba picture ledges that I cut to the right size and connected (they are screwed into the Expedit). I’m using the picture ledges to keep rulers, pencils and other tools organized. The other nice thing about attaching the Ribba is that the two Expedit units connected are wider than the tabletop. The Ribba gives it extra width to that the tabletop overhangs slightly on the other side, which looks more attractive. In addition, the overhang allowed the use of L brackets to attach the tabletop to the Expedit units.

When attaching the Ribba, I aligned them flush with the Expedit in the event I rearrange my sewing room and I want to put the table against a wall (of course, in that case, I lose access to the eight cubes on that side, but it’s an option this way).

~ Summer Frace, Austin, TX

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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".

8 Responses to Expedit sewing/crafting/cutting table

  1. Ivonne says:


    After searching endlessly, I’m so happy to have come across your table! I had gotten estimates, figuring that my only option would be to get it custom made, but your improvisation seems like an easier, more budget friendly option! I know it’s been a couple of years since you posted, and I’m curious to know how it has held up?

    Thank you!
    Ivonne G

  2. Sophia Wi says:


  3. Jared @ The Sewing Table Store says:

    I’m super late but this is awesome. It looks great. I love the side gutters. If anyone is interested, check out this DIY Ikea table guide. It’s a very clean looking sewing table you can make. The instructions are really good.

  4. Lucky says:

    I’m surprised how much of a difference the legs make. Great design, great idea.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love it, now I just need to get rid of some kids and make their room into a sewing room. Beats doing all the crafts and sewing on the dining table and taking over the dining room for a couple days

    • Anonymous says:

      You could put casters on it and swing it against the wall maybe? half craft center, half dining room sideboard, with a lovely matching tablecloth over it to hide the padded ironing surface. :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    this is excellent. Hope i can make one too one day! love the ironing surface idea.

  7. Seville says:

    What?! Ok, this is now my favorite website… :D

    The best part about IKEA is that there stuff is so easy to put together.

    The worst part about IKEA is that all of your friends have the same bookshelf as you.

    Now you can switch it up for the same price. What a cool idea for a website… glad I found it! :)

    (Also checked out the Facebook page… good stuff!)

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