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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Fri, 04/29/2011 - 01:16

This is great! I think I will try making one of these to use for a folding table in my TINY laundry room (located inside my bathroom... yeah tiny)

Debbie (not verified)

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 16:59

Oh my gosh, I have to make this for myself. I think I can do this even though I have never picked up a tool in my life. It will be great in my small home.

Alana Harris (not verified)

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:26

I love this design. I visited Hobby Lobby with my girls this morning and came home wanting to sew for them. Just have to figure out where to do that in our new house. First, though... priorities say that I should go downstairs and start sanding on the Mom's Lego Table that we are building for my son! This is on the "To Do" list.


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 10:40

Wandering if this would be easy enough to do for a first time project or is there something else I should start on?? I need a storage area... I don't truly need the extended out table but is pretty neat idea. We don't have enough storage even though we have a nice sized house. So my sewing machine is on the floor in the dining room. That or it gets stuck back in a closet that I can't reach it with the kids craft stuff. This is an awesome idea. We do have 2 other machines antique also on the floor but under a table out of the way of kids to fall over or hurt. They are from my dh's family and not sure what to do with them either...

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 05:40

This is exactly what I am looking for. Well described and illustrated. Am printing a copy to put in my husband's job jar.

Angel Rose

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 07:37

Is there anything put in place to keep the legs folded in when it is collapsed? If not, how can we solve this problem?

Amblytoo (not verified)

Sun, 06/03/2012 - 11:45

I bought MDF to build this cart out of, made my cuts, then tried drilling my practice holes into the side of the mdf and I could not drill the hole without making the MDF start to split. I tried drilling more slowly and with smaller drill bits to gradually make the hole larger, but I still had the same issue with the MDF splitting. Did anyone else have this issue or have any suggestions?