A kids' table adds greater function to daily living. Creating kid-sized furniture allows access which normal, adult-sized furniture fails to provide. A simple do-it-yourself project designing and building a kids' table is easy to accomplish with minimal tools and materials.
Step 1 – Size Matters
Decide the size of the table based on the available space it will be located. The table top size is the main factor and should be as large as possible for maximum use. Table legs can be replaced as kids grow but the table top can have years of use as children grow to teen years.
Step 2 – Cut the Lumber
With measurements in hand, visit your local home improvement store where your table top and decorative wood trim can be cut to order. For purposes here, the table top is rectangular so four pieces of trim need to be ordered – two for length and two for width. While acquiring the wood, select paint in colors to suit your child’s personality and age. As children grow, the table can be repainted different colors.
Step 3 – Attach Legs
Once back home, prepare your work area so there is enough room to navigate around the table top. Place it upside down on a flat surface on the floor. Mark a spot at each corner where the legs will attach. If desired, inset the marks a few inches, but make sure the same inset is applied for each of the four legs. Drill pilot holes for the screws to be used to attach the legs. Do this by attaching each leg and inserting one screw on each side of the leg at an angle through the top edge of the leg into the table top.
Step 4 – Install Trim
Tape the decorative trim around the table perimeter. Drill pilot holes at each end of the trim on all sides. Usually only three to five small screws are necessary to attach the trim. After inserting the end screws, insert the remaining screws on each side at equidistant points.
Step 5 – Sanding
Using medium-grade sandpaper, remove all splinters while smoothing out all rough surface areas. Use the light-grade sandpaper to remove scratches caused by the medium-grade.
Step 6 – Colorizing
After sanding, prime the table for painting. Depending on your child’s age, you might engage him or her with painting and decorating their new table.