This DIY Craft Table is a brilliant IKEA hack that gives us tons of work space for our Cricut Maker plus enough storage for all the accessories & materials!
It’s like déjà vu all over again!
Another room makeover, another trip to IKEA.
It’s a good thing I’ve tempered my former loathing for the Swedish furniture Goliath, or these makeovers would really be a drag!
I enjoy IKEA now, and as long as I keep a tight hold on Handan’s hand at least 50% of the time, the whole trip is entirely pleasant and not too expensive!
One of our main goals with the new craft room is to have a Cricut station / craft table, where we can keep the Cricut Maker and all its supplies and accessories. The Cricut is one thing – it’s a single machine, so it keeps itself neat.
But all the other stuff?
Jeezum Crow, it’s an ever-evolving and constantly-expanding ecosystem of color and texture, and if you don’t keep it organized, I’m pretty sure the vinyl and transfer papers and mats and stencils and other crap start to interbreed and multiply!
Yeah, so we needed a Cricut Station. We also needed a work surface up top – let’s call it a craft table, because it won’t only be used for Cricut projects – and we needed storage below for the Cricut ecosystem.
We thought about buying something (briefly), but Handan couldn’t find exactly what she had in mind, and what she did find was way too expensive.
Remember, just like Barish’s bedroom makeover, the theme of this craft room makeover is Cheap, Easy and Quick.
Then we thought about designing and building one of wood, but I hemmed and hawed and suggested that there was probably a quicker way than that.
And then my babes hit upon the idea. How she does it, I don’t know. I’ve a better chance divining the meaning of life than understanding the mind of that woman.
One minute, we had no plan. The next minute, I’m holding Handan’s hand through the halls of IKEA as we sought out the components of a DIY craft table.
Anyway, her plan was to get a couple of cheap metal storage cubes – part of IKEA’s office collection. For those who love their ridiculous Swedish monikers, the cubes we sought are called HÄLLAN. They are pretty unassuming and pretty cheap at $40 each.
If you look at it too long, you risk keeling over dead from acute boredom.
So, is it mandatory to capitalize everything when writing about IKEA? Do you think that also translates to speech?
Like, should I be shouting when I say the word “HÄLLAN?” And does it rhyme with “Allen” or “Van Halen?”
And what about IKEA internal emails? Do you think the CEO writes in all caps?
When he gives a speech, is he shouting and screaming in Swedish to all his minions?
I suppose these are questions for another time. Let’s get back to our DIY craft table.
Handan wanted two HÄLLAN units with casters (called RILL in IKEA Swedish) added to their bottoms. On top of each, she wanted wood, and on the wood, she wanted black pipe. On top of the black pipe would sit a tabletop – another inexpensive IKEA purchase called LINNMON.
LINNMON (remember to shout it in your mind), is a lightweight and very inexpensive composite tabletop – only $23 for 47″ x 24″ piece.
We loaded up our car with the craft table components mentioned above, plus a few more for some other craft room projects coming up, and headed back to The Navage Patch.
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DIY IKEA Hack Craft Table
- (2) IKEA HÄLLAN metal storage cubes
- (1) IKEA LINNMON tabletop
- (8) IKEA RILL Casters
- 1/2 inch plywood
- 3/4 inch plywood
- (8) pieces 8 inch x 1/2 inch black pipe
- (16) 1/2 inch floor flanges
- Construction adhesive
Step 1 – Build the storage cubes
And here’s the best part about it. When we got home, Barish offered to build the two HÄLLANS! I may have softened on visiting IKEA, but my distaste for building it is as strong as it ever was!
Hey, one step at a time, right?
Step 2 – Add plywood to the storage cubes
After Barish assembled the plain and homely things, we took them to the basement. I took some measurements and cut two pieces of 1/2 inch plywood to fit precisely on top of each and two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood that would fit precisely underneath. I sanded to get rid of the sharp corners and edges.
We’ve been using a ton of Minwax’s Special Walnut stain lately (we love it!), but we wanted to go a little lighter in the craft room.
I decided to play around with stains, to see what I could come up with.
First, I applied a coat of Varathane Antique White. I stained only the tops of the 1/2 inch plywood and only the edges of the 3/4 inch. Here it is before I wiped it off.
On top of the white, I applied a coat of Special Walnut, figuring it would just give a slightly lighter shade of our favorite.
Ermmm…what the heck?
I guess pre-staining with white was a little too much for the Special Walnut to handle. I wanted lighter, not au naturale!
Okay, I needed to darken this, but Special Walnut wouldn’t cut it right now – the wood was saturated with white. What to do?
I cast my eye over to my Wall of Stain and spied a can of Varathane Kona – our favorite dark stain. On its own, it’d be too dark for this project – even with the base coat of white.
But what if…
I shook the can, opened it, stirred it and then poured a bit into a plastic cup. I then poured an equal amount of white and mixed the two together.
The color in the cup looked like a slightly richer and even more “true brown” version of Varathane’s Briarsmoke stain. I’d guess that Briarsmoke came to be when a Varathane Stain Engineer started playing around with Kona and White. I hope his picture is hanging on the Engineer of the Month wall.
Anyway, it looked decent enough, so I applied a very light coat.
It looked great! (You’ll get a look in just a sec)
I flipped the bottom pieces over and installed the casters.
Once the stain dried, I put some construction adhesive on the bottoms and installed them underneath the metal cabinets.
Next, I installed 4 flanges on each piece of 1/2 inch plywood. Now you can see the color I ended up with. Pretty good light brown, I think!
To attach the top to the metal cube, I again used construction adhesive.
I positioned the top and pressed it in place.
I clamped it all up, and then Handan got to work scraping away the excess glue that the clamps squeezed out.
While she was scraping the glue, she noticed that the top corners weren’t glued down. I hadn’t put enough Loctite around the edges or corners.
I unclamped the whole mess, pried the top off, squirted on some more Loctite and then put the top back in its place. While doing so I noticed the glue in the center of the cube had not been flattened by the plywood. That meant the the whole middle would not have been glue down. I had a solution for that!
We clamped it up again, and this time I added a big weight in the middle.
That ridiculously big iron pulley hook weighs at least 60 pounds, if not more. It’s the perfect presser for the places a clamp can’t reach! I protected the wood underneath with shop towels, and I spread out the weight with a block of wood.
We let the glue cure overnight and built the other cube the next day.
The day after that, we carried the cubes upstairs to the craft room for final assembly of our IKEA hack DIY craft table.
Step 3 – Add black pipe to the storage cubes
Handan perfectly captured my unintentional Butt-head impersonation.
Step 4 – Attach the tabletop
For the final step, we placed the tabletop on the flanges and centered it with the help of a tape measure.
When we had it in place, I secured the flanges to the underside of the tabletop.
And that was it for our IKEA hack DIY craft table project! Another Handan brainchild brought to life by yours truly and his fabulous wife.
The top is big enough for any Cricut project, but we’ll use it for other small crafts, too.
The space between the tabletop and the storage cubes is where we now store our EasyPress 2 heat transfer machines.
I screwed an L-bracket underneath the table on one side to hold some of our Cricut mats.
We store all of our Cricut materials inside the cubes.
Here are the transfer papers, vinyl and more mats!
And on the other side we put a magnetic hook to store – yep – even more mats!
But the best part about our DIY craft table might just be the wheels. Now that we have laminate flooring instead of carpeting, we love that we can roll or slide our furniture around the room for photo ops or to create more work space!
How do you like our new Cricut and craft table? Let us know in the comments!
If you’re following along with the craft room makeover, here’s how we stand:
Craft Room Makeover Checklist
Craft room ideas and laying out the game plan Paint the walls, ceiling and trim Paint the French door Carpet removal Install laminate flooring DIY craft table for Cricut Buy curtains and install curtain rods
- Buy or DIY a computer desk
- DIY Closet makeover
- DIY Industrial Bookcase (West Elm Inspired)
- Antique Sewing Machine Drawer Upcycle
- Upcycled craft room storage
- Craft room makeover reveal
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