A Sewing Table for Small Spaces

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 20:38
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The perfect spot for a part time sewing enthusiast! Tucks neatly way, expands out to be a cutting or layout mat. Please note that this table is not intended for use with the sewing machine unless locking hardware is installed on the fold out legs and tabletop.

If your sewing takes over your dining table at least half the time, make sure you thank Kelly on our Community for recommending an expandable sewing table.

Expandable Simple Sewing Table

I love this idea because there is a tidy spot to hold your sewing machine, a shelf for baskets and other sewing things that you need to keep handy, tons of tabletop space, but it all folds up into a neat little package that you can roll into a closet.

Expands. Table height. Collapsed dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

1 – Sheet of Plywood or MDF
2 – 1x2s or 1x3s
4 – 2″ Caster Wheels (Overall clearance of 2 1/2″)
5 – Sets of hinges
2 1/2″ Screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 1×32 @ 15 1/2″ (Top)
2 – 1×32 @ 26 3/4″ (Sides)
2 – 1×32 @ 12″ (Shelves)
2 – - 1×32″ @ 20″ (Leaves)
4 – 1x2s @ 29 1/4″ (Legs – Measure these!)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

If you can, take this diagram to Blue or Orange and have them make your cuts. If you are cutting this yourself, start by cutting the plywood into 31 7/8″ widths (shown above as 32″), 48″ long. Then from those three pieces, cut out the remaining pieces. Remember, always consider the width of your saw blade as you cut.

Step 2

Build the Box

Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue to build your box as shown above. Predrill and countersink your screws.

Step 3

Caster Wheels

Now this is important – your wheels need to have a total clearance of 2 1/2″. If you wheels do not have a total clearance of 2 1/2″, DO NOT cut the legs just yet. Instead, add the wheels, then take a measurement from the bottom of the wheels to the underside of the tabletop. This will be your new leg length.

Step 4


Lay the whole thing on the ground, face down. Screw the leaves on with hinges as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6

Expanded size.

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Shauna (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:33

Ana - I adored your site before but this plan has taken my adoration to a whole new level. My house is so small I was afraid I was going to have to give up my love of sewing since I hate having to clear my machine off the table for every meal in the middle of a project. Thanks so much for drawing up this plan and thanks so much to Kelly for suggesting it! I can't wait until our fence is done so my man and I can start in on these plans.

Nora (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:39

One word: "AWSOME"!!!!!!!! thank you Ana you are saving my sanity!!!! I have two seamstress in the house, the sewing table looks like a dualing piano bar... now they can each have their own table!

Anna (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:50

You have no idea how much I love you right now! I have DYING for a sewing table!! Thank you SO MUCH Ana!!

aSprinkling (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:54

I looked for one of these a while back and just choked at the prices! So I ended up with a folding table instead...but this would be great! I just might have to make one...as soon as I find the room to store it. :) Yes, my room is that full.

Rachelle (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:00

I love this! My sewing takes up the entire kitchen island which is really difficult when dinner time rolls around as the stove is also located on the island. I don't have room downstairs, but it would fit in my bedroom. I love how it is so compact for when not in use. Although, if I don't have to put things away to use the space for something else I probably won't... then again I can work on a project if I only have a few minutes. Thank you so much!!

Maggie (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:06

I am so excited to have this plan, there aren't accurate enough words to describe it.

I've been in LOVE with dropleaf tables for... probably around a year now, and I'd much rather build one than buy one.

Thanks for the wonderful plans!

Bcubed (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:07

Very cute and useful. My sewing machine is in its own old cabinet, but its builky, takes up room, has no extra storage and doesnt open up near as wide as this one. I cannot make that right now, too many other things to do, but it definately will be on my "TO DO" list. Great design Ana!! Thanks!!

Sandra (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:08

This is great! I've been cutting out costumes this week on the floor and thinking my old knees and back need a cutting table. I love that I can drop the sides. This is perfect. THANKS!

Norma (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:27

Oh Ana I love you!! and I know there are going to hundreds of other ladies who are going to love you too! I actually had been thinking about blogging about you over on my Quilty Giveaways site http://quiltygiveaways.blogspot.com because your various plans are perfect for sewing/craft rooms. With your permission I'd like to do a post just about your site. I'd like to borrow 2 or 3 pictures form your site if that's ok too (the pictures themselves will link back to you). Let me know so I can get this post written up ASAP