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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Cheryl (not verified)

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 13:08

This is great! My parents are downsizing from a large house to a 2 bedroom apartment and I know my Mom would love this! I'm hoping to be able to make this for her as a surprise - for my Mom I'll even work in the freezing garage!

Janice (not verified)

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 13:42

Has anyone made one of these yet? I'd love to see a picture of it built. I am hoping to build this one soon!

Erin (not verified)

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 16:00

So I bought 1/2 inch plywood... is that going to work? Any tips?


Erin (not verified)

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 09:14

I made it. Unfortunately I made it with 1/2 inch plywood and I just don't think its sturdy enough. I'm going to make it again using at least 3/4 and I think I might use MDF instead as well. My plywood seemed to warp a little and its not holding very level. I didn't finish the wood but the cart is sitting in my garage and currently working quite nicely as a makeshift work table for other projects :) I'll see if I can post a picture.http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=907302386839&set=a.811041993439…

Tracy (not verified)

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 07:42

Just got back from Blue with the plywood cut and all the other pieces/supplies. I had bought a 2nd sewing machine a year or so ago to do a little side business that I ended up not doing. Inexpensive, nice little machine that I got around the holidays (so it was super cheap). Anyways, it's perfect for my budding-sewer! I have made my 3 girls' their Easter dresses every year since they were born (except for the one born ON Easter - but anyways!) ... I think this year I'll look for a simple sewing pattern and let my 10 yr old be a big part in the making of her dress... with her own machine on this really slick sewing table! Perfect!!!!

Danielle Perry (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 22:26

I've been trying to figure out how to make our loft area into my sewing area and the playroom as we are adding another child to our family (adopting!).  This plan is so perfect as my table won't have to take up so much room.  Thank you!

Katie Lee (not verified)

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 01:12

Hi, can anyone explain/link to the 'locking mechanism' mentioned in the description?