DIY Lego Storage and Table Hack
Turn your kids table/desk into a temporary LEGO play area over the school holidays!
As that time of the term looms over us all, we are now faced as parents trying to figure out How, What, When and Who? What are we going to do with our kids – with some COVID restrictions still in place and winter keeping our energetic little ones inside.. some serious inspiration is needed!
Here is one cost effective hack, that will keep them busy for more than 15 minutes when inside, with an expansive play area – a temporary LEGO kids table with storage – off the floor so your bare feet are safe from the dreaded feeling of stepping on one of those tiny LEGO pieces.
Being a mum of a little boy and many nephews, I have had the pleasure of applying this hack more than once!
What you will need for this cost effective/tool free hack
(NOTE: the board and container sizes best suited for our Kids Table and Stool - available on our website);
IKEA TROFAST TUBS X 2
(20 x 30 x 10cm – Best Size for Kids Table)
LEGO BASE PLATE (OR KMART EQUIVELANT) X 6
| OTHER ITEMS;
STEP 1 – The Storage
- Take your 4 TROFAST Rails (if you don’t have any from a TROFAST storage solution, you can ask the IKEA spare parts desk, they usually have these available) and your heavy duty double sided tape.
- Cut the rails to fit from the front of the desk to the support rail
Measure the tape to the rails and cut the tape in half (length wise) so it fits evenly on the rail and attachthe tape to the rail
Slide the rails onto each side of the tub so it sits horizontally and remove the tape then stick the empty tubwith the rails onto the underside of the table. Do this on either end of the table. Hold down for 30 seconds.
STEP 2 – The Play Area
- Take your timber board (This one is from Bunnings, they will cut to size for you on the spot) and lay flat. Line up your LEGO/Kmart base plates, ready to be super glued.
- One at a time, glue the base plates onto the board, ensuring the plates line up by placing LEGO pieces on the joints (tip – ensure glue on the corners and edges of the base plates)
- Add weights and let the glue dry
Fill your tubs with LEGO and your Lego table is now ready to use – the 6 base plates fit perfectly between the pencil holders (allowing you to store any longer/Larger or easily accessible pieces (ie for the hard to find pieces or LEGO men), leaving spare space at the back to display any pieces you don’t want to break but don’t want to pack away either.
The IA Hardware Team
Thanks for the inspiration from @the.handymans.daughter