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DIY on a Dime: Build a Lego Table

Got a Lego-maniac at your house? Instead of buying another set of bricks, craft a lego table to make building even more fun. Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy shows you how.

Build a Lego Table | Tutorial from Life as Mom

I have 4 young Lego addicts at my house, and we’re always running out of spaces to build with them. I’ve thought about buying a Lego table for them for years, and finally decided to try my hand at building one for them. I couldn’t be happier with the results!

My only regret is that I postponed this project for so long. It took me less than 10 minutes to make, and cost less than $30–a bargain compared to the tables for sale out there. This project was a breeze, and you can easily make your own for the little Lego lovers in your life.

What you need to make your own Lego table:

  • A table, new or old. (I used a new $8 Ikea Lack table. The top is 21 5/8 inches square.)
  • Lego plates to cover the table. I used 4 10 x 10 inch plates ($5 each).
  • A few Lego bricks.
  • Adhesive (spray adhesive, like Elmer’s Craft Bond spray adhesive or something like Liquid Nails)
  • Optional: a large flat surface to help properly position the Lego plates

Build a Lego Table | Tutorial from Life as Mom

How to make your own Lego table:

  1. Arrange your Lego plates on the table to roughly determine placement.
  2. Important: using Lego bricks, join your plates together. You will see that there should be a slight gap between the plates. You want to space the plates so that they will work properly for building on top of later.
  3. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to your table.
  4. Carefully place your Lego plates on the table in their pre-determined places, maintaining the appropriate spacing between the boards. (I chose to keep my 4 Lego plates joined together with the Lego bricks, slide them onto a large piece of cardboard, and then lower them onto the table like a baker would use a paddle to slide a pizza onto a baking stone.)
  5. Press evenly to adhere.
  6. Let sit for the time recommended on your adhesive’s directions.

– Anne Bogel loves strong coffee, long books, and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy. Head here to get her free guide Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy

DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.

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  1. We have two lego tables–one is 2×2 and the other is 1×4, they use that when they make cities.

    I love this idea.

    Be Blessed.

  2. I just did this for my boys with the Ikea table. I also made one for the Duplo Legos with the 15×15 plate in the middle of the table. They absolutely love it! What a great idea!

  3. My kids are getting a lego table for Christmas, too. But we used a small table that we already had, and removed the legs, so it can be slid under a couch when not in use. My kids like to lay on the floor to build anyway, so this was a better fit for our family than a traditional table.

  4. Just wondering where you buy your Lego plates at? I want to find the Duplos base plates…

    Thanks! Grace

  5. Linda Hamstra says:

    Where did you purchase the lego plates from?

  6. I just built my kids a Lego table using your directions! Can’t be happier!!! Thanx

  7. Rachel Shanafelt says:

    Thank you! Great, affordable idea! Do you think an 11 year old would like this? Dothey sit on the floor or in a chair to build?

  8. Know of any tiny chairs that will work with the Ikea side table you used?

  9. Great idea! I think, instead of gluing the lego mats to a table, I’ll use a heavy board so that I can set it on a normal table and slide somewhere (under couch/bed) when not in use. Then the table can serve as a train table, breakfast, puzzle, etc. I’ll see how it goes!

  10. I am thinking of using my son’s thomas the train table the plates turn over to a completely green board …just going to adhere the plates to it so he can do lego’s when he wants to or trains when he wants to there is a drawer on each side of the table for storage too…. looking for lego sheets now lol santa is coming early here lol

  11. Mitchell mears says:

    Where did you get the lego plates

  12. Rick Brown says:

    Hi moms. Im a 54 year old grandfather with a 6 year old grandson who loves legos. He has a lego train set and some of the city buildings. I wanted to build him a table to incorporate the train set either around or through the city. I have racked my brain trying to find a large enough table. Thanks to your great ideas I just need 4 smaller tables that will fit through the doors. THANKS A BUNCH !

  13. Risa Little says:

    I would like to put my Lego’s in the center of table. Any thoughts?

  14. Just found this and noticed it from 2012! Still very practical today though!

    Went to Ikea and they still have the tables for $7.99-$9.99. Bought a white one for $7.99. The lego plates are now $9.99, but Toys R Us had them on sale for $7.52 each. Will be doing the gluing tomorrow. Still a decent project for under $50.

    I’ll also be putting some sort of storage underneath like another poster said.

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