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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aklenox (not verified)

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 12:58

Has anyone made this yet? I'm wondering about the 1x2 legs. I had a similar table and the vibration was horrible. I gave it away since the pressed wood pieces were falling apart. I would love to make this for my serger and sewing machine out of a more sturdy plywood, but I think I will try it with 2x2 for the legs or maybe work some other solution for a more steady table.

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 19:17

The 2x2 legs would be a great idea, just make sure you extend the top another 3/4" on both sides to give room for the 2x2 legs folded up. Any non fixed table will not be as good on vibrations as a fixed table. how about using this as your cutting/supplies table, and then keeping your sewing machine on a fixed table?

snuzal (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 17:13

Another add on Ana - how thick should the MDF be? We have so many options here. I'm thinking around 5/8" but curious to what you think

Kirstin (not verified)

Sat, 10/30/2010 - 11:29

I can't seem to download these plans. When I download the pdf, all the pictures are cut off on the side. When I do the word doc, the pics don't show up. Is it my computer, or is there something wrong? Let me know, I want to build this ASAP! Thanks! :)

Jamalee (not verified)

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 12:34

I bought a table similar to this at hl about 9 years ago, only it came with 4 wood folding chairs that rest inside. Could probably be made to do that if you measure your folding chairs and leave a little room to slide in and out. Also, the side supports were rectangle frames attached by hinges at 90 degrees to the body frame, and adjustable feet. But the top was rounded, so that might be why that was done. Can't wait to try this for my sewing machine!