Turn A $30 IKEA Coffee Table Into A LEGO Play Centre

If you're anything like us, you probably store your kids' LEGO in a big tub that's stashed clumsily in a corner of the room. Each play session results in frenzied chaos, with countless pieces strewn across the floor. If you'd like to introduce some order to their bricklaying, this affordable DIY play desk will help to stifle their creation; Lord Business style. It can seat up to four people and comes with inbuilt brick storage and integrated building mats.

To make your own LEGO play centre, you'll need an IKEA Lack coffee table ($29.99), an IKEA Vessla storage crate ($9.99), four LEGO mats (300x300mm), an MDF board measuring 1x1 metre at 12mm thickness, four bolts (3/16 x 75mm) with nuts to match, four mudflap washers and some craft glue. You can also grab 250ml of undercoat paint (white) and 500ml of gloss enamel paint (red) if you want to spruce it up a bit.

Here are the instructions:

  1. Cut the MDF to the shape of the table top. Sand, prime and paint.
  2. Cut a square hole in the middle of the MDF to fit the VESSLA container. The container goes through the MDF top and LACK coffee table, so you would want to ensure that the cuts are accurate for both the board and coffee table.
  3. Remove the sides of the plastic VESSLA container so that it can sit flush to the table.
  4. Assemble LACK coffee table as per Ikea instructions, and place container into the cutout. Place red MDF tabletop into place on the LACK table. Then measure diagonally 15mm from the cutout corners and drill holes. These holes will need to go through the coffee table and will be where we screw the whole table together.
  5. Glue the LEGO mats on
  6. Play!

You can find more detailed instructions (including step-by-step photos) at the Mum Central website.

[Via IKEA Hackers].


Comments

    I remember tables like this from when I was a kid. A seriously worthwhile investment if you have kids who love their lego.

    If you don't do this, which is pretty cool, just keep the lego in a sheet. When it's time to pack up, just pick up the corners and you are done. Instant cleanup.

      I had something like this as a kid.
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      I think my parents repurposed it to hold duplo now for the grandkids

    That picture looks like a Lack Side table $7.99 was used instead of the Lack Coffee table that was mentioned.
    http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20193658/#/00193664

    Last edited 30/10/14 5:15 pm

    Clearly for those who don't have much lego.

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