Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"A" is for Art Center

diy kids art center workspace and storage

It's Friday and that means another new gift build for the Handmade Holiday series from Ana White and me!

handmade holiday gift plans

Today it's an art center.  And this build is awesome.
** Updated 11/10 link to stool plans here. **

diy kids art table with storage and chairs
This diy art center does double duty - it has a large workspace and tons of storage too!  Three wide open shelves provide plenty of space for art supplies.  And the workspace is big enough for three kiddos easily to sit and craft the day away.

diy kids art table with storage and chairs

diy kids art table chairs

The little stools are perfectly kid size with a 12" seat height.
This entire art center is best suited for young kids ages 2-6.

diy kids art table with storage

Ana designed the plans to make this build easy as pie, the workspace tabletop is one 3/4" plywood handy panel measuring 2' x 4'.  You purchase the panel and it's ready to go - no cutting, no measuring.

kids art table and chairs

kids art table with built in storage

See all that shelf space?  Plenty of room for supplies.

kids art table with built in storage

And a handy bin up top that's easily accessible for kids.

diy kids art table

Because Ana and I have a quick turnaround on the Handmade Holiday builds I choose not to finish this art center and I'm actually loving the raw edge of the plywood, especially on the stool seats.

diy kids art table


guidecraft deluxe art center

Their version retails for $450 (and currently on backorder) but you can make your own diy art center for $85 using Ana's free plans.

diy kids art center free plans

How to build a kids art center with stools:


how to build a kids art table

Step 1: Build the table apron.  Inset the 1x2 aprons 3/4" or flush to the inside back of each leg.

how to build a kids art table

Step 2: Attach apron/legs to table top.

how to build a kids art table with storage shelves

Step 3: Build the shelf.  Attach all pieces to one side first.

how to build a kids art table with storage shelves

Step 4: Then attach other side piece.

how to build a kids art table with storage shelves

Step 5: Add the table cleat at 20 1/4" from the floor and flush to the front.  This will hold the table level and alleviates the need to attach the table to the shelf.  Use glue and finish nails.

how to build a kids art table with storage shelves

Above is the cleat with the table in place.

how to build kids stools

For the stools cut the pieces as per Ana's plans.

how to build kids stools

I'm definitely thinking those seat backs need a little handle cutout!

kids art table and chairs with storage

Be sure to sand everything well especially all the corners.  Leave unfinished as I did or seal up as desired.

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handbuilt holiday series gift builds

3 comments:

  1. I definitely need one of these! Great tutorial and I can only imagine how much use it will get :)

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  2. I'm building this for my girls for Christmas. My eldest daughter is about to be 6 and is on the taller side... Do you think increasing the height of the stools and table a few inches would work well? My youngest daughter is 2 and I'm sure will get a lot of use out of this, but I want to make sure my older daughter is comfy too :)

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