Is your kid’s desk a mess? well probably your too… but I won’t ask. Wouldn’t it be awesome if all those books and pens and the million erasers can be stored away and still be accessible when needed? Presenting a fun and functional DIY kids table with hidden storage. This fun schoolhouse desk inspired DIY design stores everything inside the table to keep the top uncluttered and usable. Just lift the table top, and they can get what they need.
When they are done, everything is stored away like nothing happened 🙂
This is a simple modification of the original DIY Kids table and chair set. I designed this a couple of years ago and built and sold quite a few alterations. Since I built these a long time ago, I don’t have step by step pictures but, I have got the step by step plans for you right here. Don’t miss out all the pictures at the bottom to get all your inspiration on the designs and modifications!
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Materials needed to build the DIY Kids table with storage –
- 2″ x 2″ x 8′
- 1″ x 4″ x 8′
- 1/4″ thick Plywood
- 3/4″ thick project panel
- Standard hinges
- Toy box lid support – you may need 1 or 2 depending on the weight and size of the top. I used 1.
- Miter Saw
- 1 1/4″ finish nails
- Brad nailer or hammer
- Wood glue
- Kreg Jig
- Kreg right angle clamp
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Wood filler
Cut List –
- 4 – 2″ x 2″ cut at 21 1/4″ (legs)
- 2 – 1″ x 4″ cut at 26 3/4″ (long aprons)
- 2 – 1″ x 4″ cut at 17 1/4″ (short aprons)
- 1/4″ plywood – 29 3/4″ x 20 1/4″(bottom storage support)
- 3/4″ project panel – 22″ x 32″(table top)
How to build the Schoolhouse table for kids-
Step 1 – Start by building 2 frames using the 2 x 2 legs and the long apron using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
Step 2 – Build the frame by attaching the short aprons and bringing 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Check and correct for square.
Step 3 – Cut out the corners on the 1/4″ thick plywood sheet using a jigsaw. The measurements below are for reference. The best way to do this is to keep the frame on the plywood and mark out the corners to guarantee a precise fit.
Step 4 – Place the frame upside down and attach the 1/4″ plywood to the frame using finish nails and wood glue.
Step 5 – Cut out the table top and prepare it for painting.
Step 6 – Fill all the holes with wood filler, sand, paint/stain the entire frame and the table top.
Step 7 – Place the table top upside down and the frame on top. Leave 3/4″ space on the front and the sides and 1″ on the back. Attach the top to the frame using the hinges.
Step 8 – This is the most important – attach the toy box lid support on the inside of the table per instructions from the manufacturer.
That’s it… it is fairly straightforward and a great beginner woodworking project.
I built this set for my daughter’s 4th birthday. She couldn’t decide between rainbows and frozen and so “rainbow snowflakes” is what she got! The design is from Jessica Sawyer Designs which I printed on fabric from spoonflower and upholstered the chairs. You can find the details in the DIY kids chair tutorial.
These are pictures taken from the phone camera a long time ago so they aren’t the best quality or lighting but you get the ideas!
This one with the moroccan lattice pattern was one of the favorites.
It has an art paper roll holder on one end too.
This one with the retro print was a lot of fun to make. I traced the pattern on the fabric and painted the top. Those holes on the top are for a removable art paper roll holder. The holder has 4 dowel stubs on the bottom which go into the holes on the table top. One last version which is a little bit different. The table top is split on top to help mount the art paper and the hinges are on the outside.
So… there you have it! A whole bunch of ways to design the kid’s play table with storage and make it fun yet functional! Which design is your favorite? Mine is still the rainbow snowflakes 🙂
Don’t miss the basic DIY Kids table and chair set plans –
Looking for more storage solutions for kids? A bedside table with book storage is great for all that bedtime reading!
Or how about a place to store all those toys with a DIY Toy Organizer?