How to build a LEGO Table For Kids

LEGO is a favorite toy of my children. These plastic bricks are a common item in our house. They were difficult to store and made inaccessible for us. We decided to make a LEGO table.

Sure, you could buy one—but they’re both expensive and not necessarily the most attractive piece of furniture to place in your living room. However, making a LEGO table that’s functional and good-looking is possible by upcycling a piece of furniture you already have, or tracking one down at a thrift store or garage sale. In fact, if you can let your imagination see the potential in something that’s been cast off, creating a LEGO table can be surprisingly easy.

SKILL LEVEL EASY

Your LEGO table can be made if you have the ability to spray paint with glue. The casters on our table allowed it to be easily moved from one place to another. This was an easy process that needed only a drill, and a Hammer. 

Children can assist with almost all aspects of the project, depending on their age. However, when it’s time to spray-paint, I recommend letting them hold the top of your hand while you apply the spray paint, rather than allowing them to spray-paint by themselves. It is possible that smaller fingers won’t be strong enough to complete the job. Superglue, if in direct contact with the skin can cause irritation.

Tools & Materials

How to make a LEGO table

A LEGO table is a complex project that requires careful planning and the gathering of materials. Children can help create their LEGO tables, including choosing paint colors and setting up brick play areas. The best part about this project is that  homemade LEGO tables can be customized to suit a child’s size and style of play. You can learn how to construct a LEGO Table by reading on.

STEP 1 – Source a suitable table.

For this project, we started with an old thrifted table so we wouldn’t have to build the base from scratch. Coffee tables, end tables, side tables, and play tables make great candidates for upcycling into a LEGO table—especially when they’re already equipped with room for storing all those tiny pieces.

Our table had bins in it, as if it was a LEGO model. If your table doesn’t have drawers, consider how you might solve this storage dilemma, whether by fitting a bin on an open shelf under the table or attaching hooks and buckets to one side.

STEP 2 – Repair and prepare your thrift room.

After acquiring a table, find a spot to work that’s well ventilated. Select a spot where it’s OK to create some dust and a little mess, like in an open garage, open shed, or backyard patio. Next, check the table closely for signs of damage.

You should make sure that you check and attach the legs to the table so children can use it safely. Any broken or loose pieces can be attached with glue. The appropriate glue for a LEGO table repair depends upon the table’s material. For example, wood glue can be used for repairing wooden tables.

After the table is stable and the reattached pieces are glued and dry, sand down any rough spots to create a smooth finish that’s paint ready. After vacuuming the table, wipe clean. Before you begin painting, allow it to air dry.

STEP 3: Paint the table with spray paint in a ventilated location.

Put a dropcloth on the area you are planning to paint. If you’re using more than one paint color, prep your piece by properly masking the areas that you don’t intend to paint in the first round. We removed the table’s legs and bins and mask the top to paint the elements dark brown. We painted our bottom table red once it was dry. (This is the color I chose to see in my living and playing room.

Spray paint should not be more than 12 inches from any surface. Spray paint should be applied using a back and forth motion. The spray paint should not be spread wider than the item. Push the nozzle just a little further away than the right edge. Move the nozzle towards the right edge of the piece. Next, sweep the piece. It will produce better results if you use several thin coats, leaving one hour between each one.

To protect the newly painted finish and help it resist chipping during the playtime that’s sure to ensue, apply at least two coats of spray urethane, employing the same technique you used for the spray paint. The urethane should dry fully for 48 hours.

STEP 4 – Reassemble the broken parts of your table.

When you’re done with the painting process, allow the paint to dry completely before assembling the pieces. Cure time is longer than dry-to-the-touch time, so check the fine print on the spray paint can for the manufacturer’s recommendations on when painted items are ready to be touched.

If assembling the table before the paint is fully cured, there’s a risk of damaging the finish and causing bins or drawers to stick. After the project had dried, we put screws in place to fix the legs.

STEP 5 – Attach casters if desired for easy mobility.

If you choose to use casters, flip your table onto its top so it’s easier to attach them to the legs.

  • For wheels with a threaded stem, drill a hole using a drill bit that’s sized for the threaded stems into the bottom of each leg. Next, screw the casters into place with a drill.
  • If you’ve picked up a set of plate casters, simply use four screws to attach each metal plate to one leg.

Flip the table upside-down before you proceed to the next step. Make sure that the table moves smoothly. Final, secure the casters.

STEP 6: Decide how many LEGO baseplates are needed to match your table.

This step involves creating a surface that’s ready for LEGO construction. Bricks may be attached to the surface with baseplates for sturdy construction.

Ideally, you’re repurposing a table with a square or rectangular top that makes it easier to size the baseplates that come in 10-inch and 15-inch squares. Measure the tabletop’s width and length to determine the number of baseplates that will fit. Each measurement should be divided by 10, then multiplied by 15. If you’re lucky, one of the answers will be a whole number. If you are not lucky, it may be necessary to trim one of the baseplates.

STEP 7 – If needed, make the baseplates fit your table.

It’s unlikely that a tabletop will be perfectly sized to fit LEGO baseplates without any modification. Since baseplates are plastic and brittle, scissors don’t work and a power saw can damage the little studs. You can cut plates with your utility knife or metal ruler.

You will need to adjust the dimensions of the baseplate. Place the baseplate onto the cutting mat and align it with the squares. Use a ruler or a knife to score the baseplate. The plate will most likely fall apart if the scoring allows it to bend. It may need gentle movement in order to separate. Smoothen the edges.

STEP 8 – Attach the LEGO baseplates on the tabletop.

It’s time to attach the baseplates using superglue, which will bind them to almost any tabletop. Lightly dampen the surface of the table according to the glue manufacturer’s directions. Each baseplate should be placed on the table, one by one. After all the baseplates have been placed, clamp down or weight them with something heavy like books so that they stay in place while glue cures.

Superglues like Gorilla glue expand by three to fourfold when curing. If glue is applied too close to the baseplates’ edges, you might end up with a messy mess. You can easily remove glue from the baseplates’ edges during curing using a screwdriver. The next step is to sand any paint that has chipped, and then mask the LEGO baseplates. Spray paint the top.

Once everything is dry and dried, place your LEGO pieces in the appropriate play area. Call the troops. My kids can’t wait to build on it, and I can’t wait to see where their imaginations take them.

FAQs on Making a LEGO-Table

A LEGO table can make a great weekend project. The steps can be made easy, but each table that is thrifted may have unique characteristics and raise questions. Here are some commonly asked questions about how to build a LEGO table.

Q. What’s the best height for a LEGO table to be?

It is dependent on how tall the child using the LEGO Table will be. Many children enjoy sitting while they build with LEGO bricks. Others may prefer to stand. Some children, however, might like to stand. Consider the size of the other tables and chairs that your child uses to select a height that’s most appropriate for your family.

Q.hat’s the minimum child age for LEGO?

It Recommendation for Children: Age of 5To use LEGO bricks, you must be older than 4 years. Children aged between 2 and 4 can use the chunkier DUPLO blocks. Each child will decide if the bricks are safe to use.

Q.Q. How many LEGO tablets can a child use at one time?

The table’s size will determine the number of children who can use it. Each child may need a minimum amount of space that’s similar to a place setting at a dinner table. Due to differences in their build styles, certain children will require greater space to create larger items.

Q. What’s the best colored paint for a LEGO table?

The best colors to paint your LEGO table will depend on what you like. While you can use primary colors to create a bold color statement, you can also use colors that blend in with the room or create a child’s favorite theme like outer space or roadways.

Last Thoughts

LEGO table building is an excellent project that can be enjoyed by the entire family. You can make a table for a fraction of the cost by painting or adding accessories to old furniture. By following these steps to create a space that’s dedicated to LEGO play, those little bricks will have a home and a place to keep kids entertained.

How to Make a LEGO table for kids

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