Friday, March 12, 2010

DIY Budget Craft Room

Ok, I'm so excited about this I just had to share. Last weekend my husband and I decided that I should reorganize my office. It was a bit of a mismash of old armoirs and dressers packed with all my craft tools a lone tiny table that my embroidery machine sat on and a small drawing table. Let me tell you, it was definately not functional and there was not enough space. I had things stashed throughout the house and with the addition of some new equiptment I had officially outgrown my 12'x17' office :( So, originally we planned to just move some things around, but finally decided I just didn't have a big enough work surface so we began brainstorming. My husband mentioned that he found a table online that he thought would fit my needs and add more storage at the same time, problem was it was almost $1000.00 and with our budget of, well, almost nothing, that was not feesible and I would have still had to shell out more for additional storage. Well, as soon as I saw the table that he had in mind I immediately mentioned the bookshelves at Walmart that were selling for $15 and we had just run across a 4'x8' melamine sheet in the Home Depot just a few days prior.........INSERT LIGHTBULB HERE, LOL. We thought of several different configurations, but for our room I wanted the most worksurface I could fit in the room. I also needed space for fabrics, threads, tools, and so on. Well, after furthur evaluation we found out that Walmart had the tall bookshelves for $25 and we had some old custom cabinets in our basement, ahhhhh the idea was now feesable.

I decided to spray paint the old upper cabinets and use them as fabric storage and the top for thread. They work perfect. Note- if you decide to spray paint cabinets to use as fabric storage, be sure and get some contact paper for the insides so that the spray paint doesn't rub off on your fabric ;) Not an issue if you are brush painting.

We designed the table to have 360 degrees of storage. There is even hidden storage in the center!

I love this table so much I decided to share the plans with everyone, scroll down for the plans :)

We created this entire table for under $150!

Materials needed:
6 -3 shelf bookshelves from Walmart current price $90 plus tax
1 -4'x8' melamine sheet from your local hardware store current price approx $40
1- roll melamine iron on edge finish approx price $6
1- package screws
Ok, so here's how I did it.
Step one- assemble bookshelves per directions
Step two- place bookshelves where they will be staying (important step table is extremely heavy when finished you won't be able to move it without unassembling it)
Step three- clamp bookshelves together one by one and predrill and screw them together
Step four- place top where you would like it. We left more overhang on two sides so that I could move my chair around and not bang my knees but you could center it if you prefer
Step five- predrill and screw top to bookshelves (go in from bottom of top shelf)


  1. This is fantastic! So excited to get my craft room organized!! Thanks!

  2. I'm glad you like it.I should really do an update. We just put a bottom on the table with wheels. So now it's a HUGE moving table. Pretty sweet.