Sewing Table for Small Spaces

Submitted by Linda7 on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:51

My daughter-in-law needed a compact sewing table, and this plan fit the bill perfectly! I did use 2 x 2 legs instead of 1 x 2s. This makes the table considerably more stable if you plan to use this table with your machine. If you do use the 2 x 2s for legs, you will need to widen your table top dimensions from 15 1/2" to 17" to accommodate the larger diameter of the legs. I also used a piano hinge for each drop leaf. They weren't much more expensive than the hinges listed in the plans, but again, they provide more stability (imho).

I wanted to show the locking mechanism for the legs in detail. I love these as they hold the legs in place when the drop leaf is down, and they pop into place when the leaf is in use. Called "folding leg fitting" it is part S-149L at $3.65 each at the following link:

When my daughter-in-law received her gift on Christmas Eve, she wouldn't even let me keep it for another day or two so I could touch-uppaint some spots...she loves it.

Thank you, Ana, for the wonderful plans!!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Around $75.00 not including stain and paint, which I had on hand.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine plywood, and stair rails from Lowe's (which they no longer carry)
Finish Used
Top and leaves stained with pine; box and legs painted w/ semi-gloss wall paint from my daughter-in-law's house (can't tell you the color, but it's from the terracotta color family). Three coats of poly on stained top.
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 07:49

The table for my sewing machine costs almost as much as the machine did! This is a wonderful build. You have a very luck daughter-in-law.


Mon, 02/23/2015 - 14:33

The hinges that hold the leaves look like they run the width of the table as opposed to separate hinges. What did you use? Thanks!


Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:58

I'm sorry. Just now seeing your question. Yes, I used piano hinges so that they would run the entire length. The worked well.