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Published on March 17th, 2014 | by DMCShaw


Craft / Sewing / Work Table Hack


Used 2 IKEA Expedit Shelves & 2 IKEA Linnmon Table Tops

Bought 2 Expedit Shelves, 6 sets of caster wheels, and 2 Linnmon table tops. After assembling the Expedit shelves and attaching the casters, I attached the two Linnmon table tops with “L” brackets to the tops of the shelves. This created a 59″ x 59″ x 38.75″ counter-height work table with openings for bar stools on both sides.

I now have lots of cubbies for storing and organizing supplies and equipment, and a large work surface for sewing and crafting.

I am thinking of adding another shelf under the table tops at the bottom to store large items underneath the table. I also plan to add two 45 1/4″ Ribba picture ledges to the sides as a trough for holding & storing scissors, rulers, pens, etc. Will submit photo updates when these are done.

The table can be rolled out when needed, and rolled back against a wall when not in use.

The whole project was extremely easy to put together and I was able to do it all by myself without any help from my husband, except for having him carry the heavy boxes to the basement with a hand truck! :-)







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12 Responses to Craft / Sewing / Work Table Hack

  1. Kelsey says:

    Omg, this is hilarious. Thank you for sharing this! Now all I need is a file file storage unit from ikea. XD

  2. katie says:

    I did something like this a while ago. I needed a large table to spread out quilts so I put two full size doors on top of two expedit bookcases. It was very large and just right for me to use while standing or on bar stools. I never thought of casters. I just shifted the different parts around when I needed room.

  3. sharon says:

    what about stability?

  4. DMCShaw says:

    –I used two Expedit shelving units, birch effect (Article # 501.030.86)
    –Two Linnmon Table Tops, birch effect (Article # 502.513.50)
    –Six set of casters (3 per Expedit), Silver color (Article # 601.699.77)
    –Eight “L” brackets to attach table tops to Expedits, 2 per table top end, attached underneath table tops on inside edge of Expedits
    –I also laid boards across the bottom row of cubbies, then topped them with one long piece of plywood to create as shelf underneath the tabletops to store larger items
    –I also added two IKEA Ribba Picture Ledges one both sides to use a a trough to hold ruler, pencils, scissors, etc. (Article # 501.525.95)
    –I glued some round cork trivets to the ends of the Expedits to use as pin holders or bulletin boards

    Does anyone know how I can add additional photos to this? I’ve tried, but can’t seem to get the media uploader to save them.

  5. Beth says:

    I like you idea. I bought the same size expedit and was wondering where you attach the L bracket. I might just use 1 table top


  6. Melissa says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for the great idea, i have been looking for a nice work table myself and I think this is perfect.

    I am searching in the web page and i see multiple options, do you happen to have the item numbers?

  7. Shobna Persaud says:

    Thank you!!! Exactly what I was looking for…I would love to see the completed product and item list.

  8. Denise says:

    The height is a perfect counter height used with a barstool or standing to work on projects. Yes, Nate, you could use just one tabletop for a smaller table. You could also use a 4-cubbie Expedit instead of the 8-cubbie Expedit to reduce the size.

  9. Nate says:

    Nice hack! I’m thinking of copying this myself. A few questions: 38″ is tall for a sitting table. It’s more counter height. Does it feel tall to you? Or does it feel just right because you’re standing while working at it?

    Also 59″ x 59″ feels large for my purposes. Do you think I could put two expedits back to back and cover with one single table tops? Those dimensions should work and give me a table half the size?

  10. I just wrote about the expedit being discontinued. I sure hope Kallax has these 2×4 configurations too!

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