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Custom DIY Sewing/Cutting Table

Alrighty, so I offered a little bit more info for my new sewing/cutting table at the end of last year. Today I’ll share how we put together the table.  Maybe it’ll work for you too!

I sketched out designs, scoured Pinterest for inspiration, and looked around my house to see what I could do for a new cutting table/sewing table.  It was not easy! I already have a cabinet that holds most of my fabric and a desk for my computer, but this new table is in such a great addition.

The height of this table is really easy to customize!  I goofed around and searched out different options for height.  I ended up settling on my perfect middle, between counter height and desk height, about 34″ tall.  I’m about 5’8″ and am quite comfortable both cutting and sewing at this table.


  • 1 Ikea Expedit shelving unit
  • 42″ wide by 62″ long oak veneer 3/4″ plywood
  • (1/4″ x 3/4″) Oak Screen Moulding – [3] 8′ 0” Long (for finishing edge of plywood) 
  • [1] 10′ 2×4
  • [3] 8′ 2×2′s
  • [10] 4” lag screws (for attaching ‘legs’ to Expedit and table top)
  • [25] 3” deck screws (for making the ‘legs’)
  • pickling stain
  • water based poly

Nail gun, cordless drill, and someone that knows about woodworking are invaluable.

I believe the pictures show it pretty well how the desk goes together.  The 2×2′s are made into 2 rectangular frames and attached to the table top and back of the Expedit cabinet.  There are [3] pieces of 2×4 that go under the Expedit (to add extra height), the other 2×4 goes under the open side of the desk, it attaches to the 2×2 frames and stabilizes the front edge of the desk. Hopefully this sketch will help a little, too:

  • 2×2 [cut 4] 20.5”
  • 2×2 [cut 4] 32.5” (these are the vertical pieces, if you’d like to adjust the height, make longer or shorter)
  • 2×4 [cut 3] 15” (these pieces get attached under the Expedit to raise it’s overall height)
  • 2×4 [cut 1] 55.75”

We pickled the top of the desk (oak veneer), it’s such a great look without spending gobs more money on a more expensive veneer or other solid surface countertop.  Keeps everything bright and happy.

Everything is held together with the lag screws.  And it’s very sturdy.  Don’t need a wobbly desk! Anyway, if there’s something that I forgot, please ask away!

23 Responses to Custom DIY Sewing/Cutting Table

  1. Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper 02.03.2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Great idea! Does the height of the table work for you when you’re cutting? I need to make a cutting table and wonder what the right height is. Thanks!

    • Anna 02.03.2014 at 10:53 pm #

      Yes, I’ve been using it for 3 months now and I do love it. I think you might want to try measuring a few table heights to get a good feel for what might work for you. That’s what I did and it’s worked well so far. :)

  2. Madalynne 02.03.2014 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m planning on moving to a new apartment this year, one in which I can have more space for sewing and hopefully, a sewing table! Hanging onto this tutorial!

  3. Samantha 02.03.2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I love this. We just moved and I lost my sewing room…this would be perfect for my sewing area!

  4. Brienne Moody 02.03.2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Forwarding this to my carpenter husband right now… Yes! Thanks for the great idea. I love the extra height for cutting.

    • Anna 02.03.2014 at 10:56 pm #

      oh awesome, hope he approves. :)

  5. French 75 02.03.2014 at 7:44 pm #

    That’s a great idea. But, please tell me you don’t sit on that hard metal stool to sew.

    • Anna 02.03.2014 at 10:54 pm #

      ha! I do. It’s a great lightweight stool. And the seat is actually wood. I find that a stool gives the opportunity to keep a good posture. To each (his) her own! :)

  6. 02.04.2014 at 12:53 am #

    Love the idea of combining a sewing desk and cutting table in one. Who has room for two big tables in their creative space? My husband has promised me a custom sewing table as a birthday present so working on a design. Thanks for sharing your details.

  7. Steem Oberoy 02.04.2014 at 6:56 am #

    Sewing table are more useful for study purpose. I like this idea of cutting table. I think this is perfect height of this table . We can use these type of tables as a office tables also. I like your sketch.

  8. Joe Zuchowicz 02.04.2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Awesome job Anna! When it comes to sewing cabinetry and tables sometimes the only way to get what we need is to make it ourselves. Sewist are surely a self reliant bunch ; )

  9. amandajean 02.04.2014 at 12:55 pm #

    This is such a great piece!!! Thanks for sharing the instructions. It seems totally do-able….for my husband. Heehee.

    Your sewing room looks AMAZING!

  10. Sewing Princess 02.04.2014 at 12:57 pm #

    How cool Anna! I love expedits!

  11. Sheila 02.04.2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Looks great – can I ask what “pickling” is? Two nations separated by a common language!!

  12. krazgrl 02.04.2014 at 3:53 pm #

    GREAT sewing table! One question I have is that you obviously turned your shelf on it’s side but where did the drawers come from? I looked over at the Ikea link you offered but didn’t see a drawer option. Would love this in my sewing area.

  13. Delia 02.04.2014 at 11:39 pm #

    This super cool! Definitely pinning it!

  14. Lynn 02.05.2014 at 9:47 am #

    Just wondering if you painted the 2×4′s white or used the pickling stain on all the wood? LOVE this table!

    • Anna 02.10.2014 at 10:54 am #

      The legs of the table are all painted white, just the table top is pickeled. :)

  15. Alana 02.05.2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I love this idea and wonder if a “gate leg” hack would work with a hinged top? You’ve definitely got all of our creative juices flowing…Thanks for the post!

  16. Alicia 03.08.2014 at 11:52 pm #

    Very nice table. Can you tell me about the sewing macine sitting on your table?

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