How to Build a Lego Table

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If you’ve got a little skill with tools you can learn how to build this awesome Lego table for kids.  It’s a simple do it yourself project that your kids will enjoy for years to come.  You’ll find this and other great DIY projects here at Kids Activities Blog.

When my husband and I started looking for a Lego table sized for older kids, we were surprised that there wasn’t much available.  Every table we found was sized for the toddler crowd, but our boys’ Legos were in desperate need of a building area.  At ages 6, 8 and 10 they are ready for a regular height table and chairs.

We decided to build our own Lego table.

Lego Table

How To Build

After doing some research, we decided modifying an IKEA table for Lego purposes would be our cheapest option.

At IKEA we did a lot of math.

We wanted the largest surface area that wouldn’t take up more space than we have in the room.  None of the tables/table tops/desks we found had exactly the right measurements to add LEGO baseplates without alteration and it was our goal to have a portion of the LEGO building surface permanent.

This is what we ended up choosing:

LEGO Table DIY

Create Your Own

Lego Table Parts

  • 1 – IKEA Vika Amon Table Top {in red} – $24.99
  • 2 – IKEA Moliden Underframe – $30 each
  • 8 – LEGO baseplates {green} – $4.99 each
  • 2 – LEGO baseplates {blue} – $4.99 each
  • 4 – LEGO road plate packages {2 pack} – $14.99 each

The entire project cost a little less than $200.  We could have saved an additional $40 by choosing a cheaper leg option for the table at IKEA and an additional $20 by going with a solid color vs. road baseplates.

The IKEA table top measured 59″ x 29 1/2″ and the LEGO baseplates are 10″ square.  To cover the table completely, we purchased 18 baseplates.

The middle baseplates shown here in grey and blue were left intact and not glued down which allows the kids to mix and match the layout to what they have in their imagination.

Lego Table layout

Do It Yourself

The outer border of baseplates were cut and glued down to corral the inner plates.

To fit the table the green baseplates on the long sides were cut to a depth of 14 studs {cutting 5 plates into ten 14 stud pieces} and the ends were a width of 13 studs {cutting 2 plates into four 13 stud pieces}.  The corners were cut from one piece into four 13 x 14 stud corners.

The cut edge ALWAYS faces out when glued to the table.

Lego table cutting baseplates

Lego Make and Create

We used a circular table saw the baseplates with a fine tooth blade and then gently sanded the cut edge.

This next step is VERY important.

Originally, we thought we would just push all the plates together and glue around the outside.  BUT there is a small gap required between baseplates to allow a brick to straddle two.

What we did was arrange ALL the baseplates on the table like we wanted and then used LEGO bricks to bridge them all together.

Lego Table gluing using blocks for spacers Once the entire layout was one unit, we lifted up the green border pieces slightly and squirted Elmer’s glue underneath.

We placed books on top of the glued border until dry.

Lego Table border Once it was dry, the interior plates could be removed and rearranged as desired.

It was time to play!

LEGO Table finished

Build with Legos

Our boys built for days.

The roads were rearranged to create a main city street.

Lego Table in use This street will eventually need a bypass because the traffic is TERRIBLE!

Lego Table traffic jam

This LEGO table has been a big hit.  Since its appearance in the playroom, it has been used almost every waking hour.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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