Learn how to build a DIY Kids Table with storage. The hidden compartment under the top to help hide all the clutter on the children’s desk!
Are you looking for a desk for to your elementary aged child?
You could make a simple little desk and chair but child’s desk can easily turn into a big mess if there is no storage.
Especially with online learning or homeschooling – you need to have everything accessible but not visible enough to distracts them.
This easy DIY children’s desk with hidden storage is the perfect answer!
It has hidden storage inside which is easily accessible and supported by special hinges that make it safe for little fingers.
This fun easy DIY student desk stores everything inside the table to keep the top uncluttered and usable.
Just lift the tabletop, and they can get what they need. When they are done, everything is stored away almost as if nothing happened 🙂
I designed this a couple of years ago and built one for my daughter’s fifth birthday. I also built a few different designs over time for friends and family.
Be sure to check out all the pictures at the bottom to get all your inspiration on the designs and modifications!
There is a lot of inspiration there!
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Materials needed –
- Lumber per the plans
- Standard hinges
- Toybox lid support – you may need 1 or 2 depending on the weight and size of the top. Alternate hinges
- Miter Saw
- 1 ¼″ finish nails
- Brad nailer or hammer
- Wood glue
- Kreg Jig ( Check out my complete Kreg Jig resource)
- Kreg right angle clamp
- Power Drill
- 1 ¼″ pocket hole screws
- Wood filler
How to make the kids table with storage
Below is the video showing how to build this easy table with storage and the chair to go with it.
Step by step instructions for the desk follow below.
How to build –
Step 1 – Build sides
Step 2 – Build the leg frame
Build the frame by attaching the short aprons and bringing ¾″ pocket holes and 1 ¼″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
Be sure to check and correct for square.
Step 3 – Cut base
Cut out the corners on the ¼″ thick plywood sheet or hardboard using a jigsaw.
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 – Attach bottom
Step 5 – Prepare top
Cut out the tabletop and prepare it for painting.
Step 6 – Paint /stain
Fill all the holes with wood filler, sand, paint/stain the entire frame and the tabletop.
Step 7 – Attach top
Place the tabletop upside down and the frame on top.
Leave ¾″ space on the front and the sides and 1″ on the back. Attach the top to the frame using the hinges.
Step 8 – Add support hinges
This is the most important – attach the toy box lid support hinges on the inside of the table per instructions from the manufacturer.
This supports the lid when it is open and keeps the little fingers from being pinched.
That’s it… it is fairly straightforward and a great beginner woodworking project.
And the kid’s love the storage compartment and I am pretty sure the parent’s love it too 🙂
Plans for children’s desk with storage
You can download the plans for this desk with the hidden storage PLUS a matching chair to go with it below.
I built this set for my daughter’s 5th birthday.
She couldn’t decide between rainbows and frozen and so “rainbow snowflakes” is what she got!
You can find the details in the DIY kid’s chair tutorial.
More ideas – kid’s Art table with storage
These pictures were taken from a phone camera a long time ago and aren’t the best quality 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.
Here is one with a retro print with a removable art paper holder.
It 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 tabletop.
And here is another one with a permanent art paper holder. It was easy to make – just split the top – attach a 1×3 at the end and subtract that from the top.
All of these have vinyl -covered seats. They are definitely a godsend for all the messy paint-filled activities!
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 🙂
More Kid’s furniture ideas –
- 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?
- A 5-in-1 kid’s art station to keep them busy for hours!
Check out 29 other DIY ideas for Kid’s rooms!