Folding Sewing Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 12/28/2020 - 11:34
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Build your own folding sewing table from one sheet of plywood!  This is a free woodworking plan by to help you create a dedicated sewing space, in just a few square feet!  Folds out to 32" x 55", and folds down to roll through doorways and tuck away as an end table.

folding sewing table

Photo by LEXAROO

Folding Sewing Table Plan Features

Build your own folding sewing table from one sheet of plywood using our free step by step plans.  This folding sewing table features:

  • Storage for a sewing machine and sewing basket
  • Fold out wings to increase sewing and cutting space
  • Wheels for easy moving between rooms
  • Narrow profile rolls through doorways

Expandable Simple Sewing Table

folding sewing table dimensions
Table Height, expands out to 32" x 55"


Shopping List

1 – Sheet of 3/4" thick sanded plywood or hardwood plywood

2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long

4 – 2″ Caster Wheels (Overall clearance of 2 1/2″) and screws for attaching caster wheels to the base (3/4" length most likely with a larger head)

5 – Sets of simple hinges (2-1/2" to 3" length) - ten total hinges

2" self tapping wood screws (spax or similar, can use trim screws)

Cut List
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 20"
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 26-3/4"
  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 15-1/2"
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 12"
  • 4 – 1x3s @ 29 1/4″ (Legs – Measure these!)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Lay the plywood out on top of scrap 1x boards or styrofoam.

Mark the plywood every 32" width wise with pencil lines. Set circular saw to depth slightly greater than thickness of plywood.

Cut on the pencil lines to create three equal sized pieces, each 32" x 48".

From the 32" wide pieces, cut down as shown in the diagram and cut list.

Step 2

Assemble the main box as shown in the diagram, using the 2" screws.

Step 3

Attach wheels to base of the cabinet with the caster wheel screws.

Step 4

Position the cabinet face down on the floor and place the leaves next to the cabinet.  Attach on underside with the simple hinges.

Step 5

Measure the overall distance from the underside of the cabinet to the wheel bottom and cut the 1x3s to this length.

Attach legs to hinges and to the underside of the leaves.  You can also use a fold out hinge for added security.

Step 6

Flip the table over and test the leg lengths.  Cut down if necessary.

You want the legs to open slightly past 90 degrees in opposite angles, so the legs are slightly splayed out, to keep the project from collapsing.

You can also use table leg hinges.


Lauren (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:27

Going to build this next weekend -- any ideas on finishing it? I'd love for it to double as a side table in my living room, but haven't built with plywood before. Is there a way to finish it to make it less plywood-y? Is enamel paint the best way to go?

Erin (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 11:44

Oh my gosh! I'm so excited...I had a table that did that for years but I gave it to my son when he moved out on his own and I've missed it ever since. YOur table is even better because my sewing machine fits inside! (The other table was Ikea and had little drawers...great for little crafty stuff by not good enough for a sewing machine!) I just picked my next project. Woot!

Melinda (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 13:41

This can be used for any type of craft table!!! I love it! Can store it behind my couch with a tablecloth over it when not in will just look like a pretty console table!

Nikki (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 14:17

Lovely, as are all your plan! I am planning on turning a very small walk-in closet into a very small study nook, and now I will be able to neatly store my sewing machine in there too - I can slide it out when I need it. I see a range of possibilities here. Ikea has a similar flap-side table with small drawers in the centre for cutlery. I once longed for another that held 4 folding chairs in the centre compartment. What a great outdoor table that would make for an apartment balcony! So... can we expect any modifications in the future, Ana? Pleeeeeeeez!

Sheela (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 14:32

OK, this may be a silly question, but what is the thickness of the plywood for this project? Is it 3/4"? And great plan Ana! Thanks!

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