DIY: ikea hack work table + a studio tour

Gratitude board in the kitchenFor the past 2+ years I had been working all of my etsy business in our dining room due to a flood in our basement. About half way through realizing that it was going to take us a while to get the basement back in working order, we took a trip to Ikea and I purchased some expedits in order to get myself a little more organized. I knew that eventually when I was able to move back downstairs I would use these as the basis for my work table. Fast forward to a few months ago and the basement was finally pretty much complete and I was able to start moving back in (hear the angels sing!). building a work table

My original hope was to line these shelves up next to each other, put them up on casters and then lay an unfinished door on the top for a large workspace. We researched a bunch of different options for casters and ended up buying some locally at a small hardware store in town. We opted for a size a little larger than we probably needed to give it some good heft and also because in all honestly the basement might very well flood again and I wanted everything elevated off the floor.

building a work tableBecause we went with a larger caster and because of the height of the 2×4 that we used to attach them to the base of the shelves, we ended up not being able to use the door as a work surface. All of that together made the table too high with the door on top. My handyman husband pre drilled holes in the base of the shelves to attach the 2×4 to. building a work table

Screwed the 2×4 to the shelves – basically pulling them together and then attached the casters to the 2×4.

UntitledWe talked through a lot of different options in order to make a larger workspace on top, instead of just using the dimensions of the two shelves, but honestly I’ve been working for the past couple of months just on top of the shelves and it’s been working just fine. I laid out my cutting mats and got busy. Untitled

I can’t even begin to express what a joy it has been to be back down in my own space. To be able to lay out all my projects and not have to clean them all off the table so we can eat dinner has been amazing for my cluttered brain. I’ve even been able to teach a few classes in this space and it’s been amazing.


My kids also have their own art space. This is still a work in progress as we try to figure out the best way to set it all up. I got this drawer cabinet from my neighbor who was tossing it out of his garage. It sat in our basement for almost a year while I tried to figure out what to do with it. I finally decided to paint it and use it as storage for markers, paint, crayons and other art stuff. I am hoping to add some labels and also figure out a way to display art that they are working on up on the wall. And I’ve got to figure out some good storage for all the papers and coloring books piled up on top!

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