We’ve never had an activity table for our kids, and I always thought they were a little unnessecary. Then I noticed my son always wanted to set up his guys on something or build on something. This meant that he was taking up our kitchen table or our side table or even my sewing desk. I realized he wanted his own little table to use. I started looking online or at our thrift store and wasn’t happy with anything I could find. There are tons of DIY activity tables, but they still cost over $50 or involve some special building that I don’t have the time or energy for at the moment. I knew I could find a coffee table to work, but then I would most likely have to sand it and paint it. I don’t have a garage and it’s freezing outside right now so that wasn’t really an option either. And I’d have to check often until the right table came along.
Well, I didn’t need anything with storage, and I didn’t care about having a lip on the edge. I just needed a small table with a good amount of tabletop room. I was able to put together two LACK side tables from IKEA to make an awesome activity table. (Two LACK side tables are cheaper than one LACK coffee table!)
We do keep two storage bins underneath the activity table, so it does have a little storage. It switches around though depending on what the kids are playing.
The unorganized toy mess is normal for us, especially after a week of co-op preschool. I didn’t put much effort into making it look nice for pictures, because it’s going to get dirty again quickly. And it’s not really decorated because we’re renting and planning on moving soon. This is real life!
2 IKEA LACK tables (basic black about $8, other colors are a little more expensive)
Package of wood joins (about $2.50)
1. Assemble each LACK table.
2. Push together and install at least three wood joins (add more for better stability) to keep the tabletops together.
30 minutes later and you’re done!