lego tables for older kids

Traditional LEGO table tops have been sized too small for the average brick building child.
We found that using a standard-size table (and chairs/bench) to create a building surface, the older child or adult can access the table in comfort and have a larger building space.
Our family’s quest to find a table that my grade school aged boys could comfortably use for building ended with a simple modification of an inexpensive table.
In the tutorial I outline how an inexpensive IKEA table was transformed with building base plates into a large table for kids (and adults) to use.
I created a tutorial: How to Make a Lego Table showing how we built a table to accommodate older children.
Historically, LEGO tables have been produced for toddler and preschool sized children, yet the core demographic of builders are boys 5-12.

We can NOW offer you the same style Lego table, for BIG kids, at a lower affordable price.
This table has a large Lego surface area and high enough to fit an adult size chair.
Table has a white top, grey aluminum legs, and molding to add the finishing touch.
NEW & CUSTOM made Lego Table.
This table is identical to our Desktop Lego Table without the drawer.

We did the same thing 2 or 3 years ago, with a great coffee table we bought at a thrift store, and my husband added wheels to it so we can move it around.
The coffee table I bought had a drawer built into it which is a great place for them to store the little people and fun parts like that.
We bought these Lego plates at Toys R Us {the kids wanted green for land and blue for water}.
I bought an old coffee table and did the same thing a year ago! I didn't glue them down though because they like to take them off and build at times.

This LEGO® compatible table will help and give the kids a place to build, that is off the floor, and the raised edge helps keep them on the table and off the floor.
Table will include 2 rows of plates by 4 columns of lego plates.
This table is made for your kids to sit on chairs or stand perfect height for the older child.
The two kids standing on the table weigh in at about 175 pounds, try doing that with any of the store bought tables.
What little kid would not this extra large table that is compatible with the "LEGO® style bricks.
The table pictured is only with 6 plates, the larger table will be the same just extended by two plates.
Table is shipped out with the legs detached, you will have to attach the legs with supplied wing nuts.

To fit the table the green baseplates on the long sides were cut to a depth of 14 studs {cutting 5 plates into ten 14 stud pieces} and the ends were a width of 13 studs {cutting 2 plates into four 13 stud pieces}.
The IKEA table top measured 59″ x 29 1/2″ and the LEGO baseplates are 10″ square.
When my husband and I started looking for a Lego table sized for older kids, we were surprised that there wasn’t much available.
What we did was arrange ALL the baseplates on the table like we wanted and then used LEGO bricks to bridge them all together.
If you’ve got a little skill with tools you can learn how to build this awesome Lego table for kids.
None of the tables/table tops/desks we found had exactly the right measurements to add LEGO baseplates without alteration and it was our goal to have a portion of the LEGO building surface permanent.
The middle baseplates shown here in grey and blue were left intact and not glued down which allows the kids to mix and match the layout to what they have in their imagination.
After doing some research, we decided modifying an IKEA table for Lego purposes would be our cheapest option.

If you’ve got a little skill with tools you can learn how to build this awesome Lego table for kids.
Snow Shooters- an easy to make toy for kids and a great boredom buster for Winter.
You’ll find this and other great DIY projects here at Kids Activities Blog.

So, with Dylan’s 7th birthday approaching, I found myself perusing the Lego selection at my local Amazon.com. Having their own space to play is one thing, but keeping all those little pieces off the floors and out of the bottom of my foot is another, so I also found myself surfing the internet in search of LEGO friendly storage and play spaces.
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And because that same baby brother has been known to eat anything and everything that he can find, including rocks and Q-tips, they’ve been forced to stick to toys that are Oliver-proof.

So with little options left I found that I did not need a fancy Lego table, the best Lego tables for older kids are ones made with simple materials.
When my seven year old son told me he wanted legos to build with for Christmas I started to look for a kids Lego table to put in the living room so he would have a place to store them and play with them.
When looking for a lego table for an older child you do not want to look just for durability but to make sure the table is designed to last through many years of different style of legos and trends of a growing child.
Lego table top Drawer storage containers can be an easy way to keep legos sorted.
While the table does have storage more may be needed if a child has a big Lego collection.
The great thing about a lego table is that you have lego boards to stick projects to and their is a desinated place to keep all the lego peices.
The LEGO table flip top design is such a useful tool because you are not taking up a bunch of space for one thing.
A lego table for an older child can be hard to find in the store but really it is easy to make.
So far I have not been able to find Lego tables that have folding legs on Amazon, however I have seen many well priced portable Lego tables that are either vintage plastic tables with folding Legos or made out of wooden material by individual craftsman on eBay.
There are many ways to build a Lego table that does not look like it was made for a two year old.
At this point I believe a big kid lego table with storage was in order.
Fact is not everyone has space to keep a Lego table set up all the time.
As pictured, we ended up finding one similar to the Lego Table Flip Top Design online for less then $100 dollars.
If there is just not enough space, a lego lap table is a great option.
There is a top that goes over the lego plates that can make the table extra table space when needed.
Read my article on Super Simple DIY Lego Table Ideas to learn more about building a table at home.
Many people are scared about buying large items such as a Lego table through eBay because of shipping.
All you need is an old table or area then glue down these large lego boards.
Dark wood Lego table with sturdy build.
The cheapest way I have seen it done is to glue Lego sheets on top of a square card table.
A solid wood lego table made of maple.
My favorite table is the flip top lego table that can also turn into a regular table.

With all the talk I’ve been doing on the blog about the importance of fostering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills, I felt I had to include a STEM themed guide this year.
So I’ve included some of my favorite picks from the Best Blocks & Construction Toys Gift Guide as well (see that guide for our full list of favorite blocks and construction toys).
Last but not least, I stole all of the picks in this section from parts of our Best Learning Toys for Quiet Time and our Best Picks for Family Game Night guides – check both of them out for even more options.

 We wanted to have 2 big areas to build the Lego’s and a large area in the middle to sort through them.
Some of the finer moments of my childhood were spent at a lego table, and I’m sure your kids will love it.
My Dad made myself and my brother a lego table similar o this after a similar experience in searching for one.
Still have to paint it, but the kids are super excited! Used four 14-20 bolts to hold table top down, but can be unscrewed and flipped over for a craft table for the kids.
That looks great.  You might want to add a large bin in the middle to hold more Legos.
We looked all over the place for a Lego table.
We put trim on the edges and cut two small pieces to frame in the Lego sorting area before painting.
I built a train table for my boys using PVC, with a very similar mindset as this.
Also moved lego baseplates to center, cutout two areas to drop plastic bins in for holding the legos.
In my previous PVC Ible’s I always recommend formufit.com, as they have 3-Way PVC Corners which would cut down on some of the work of this table and bring the legs closer to the corners.
Mine had a similar layout, too- a building board on both sides and a trough in the middle to sort pieces.
Very splendid – I can see building one of those for my boys once they’re doing more modelling with Lego.

Here’s what you’ll need: a piece of MDF or other board cut to the specifications of your table (ours was 1/8″ wainscot marker board and measured 47 1/2″ x 31 1/2″), Gray 15″ x 15″ LEGO building plates OR 10″ x 10″ LEGO building plates, a tarp, packing tape, and high-strength spray adhesive.

So with little options left I found that I did not need a fancy Lego table, the best Lego tables for older kids are ones made with simple materials.
So with little options left I found that I did not need a fancy Lego table, the best Lego tables for older kids are ones made with simple materials.
Cautiously place your Lego plates on the table in their pre-established locations, preserving the acceptable spacing amongst the boards.
Cautiously place your Lego plates on the table in their pre-established locations, preserving the acceptable spacing amongst the boards.
Got a Lego-maniac at your property? As an alternative of getting one more established of bricks, craft a table for lego to make creating even far more exciting.
Got a Lego-maniac at your property? As an alternative of getting one more established of bricks, craft a table for lego to make creating even far more exciting.
I have thought about getting a lego table for them for years, and ultimately made the decision to try out my hand at constructing a single for them.
I have thought about getting a lego table for them for years, and ultimately made the decision to try out my hand at constructing a single for them.
Set up your Lego plates on the table to about establish placement.
Set up your Lego plates on the table to about establish placement.
I have 4 young table lego addicts at my property, and we’re constantly running out of areas to build with them.
I have 4 young table lego addicts at my property, and we’re constantly running out of areas to build with them.
It is simple to make your own lego table without making a big mess or spending a lot of money.
It is simple to make your own lego table without making a big mess or spending a lot of money.

I am thinking of using my son’s thomas the train table the plates turn over to a completely green board …just going to adhere the plates to it so he can do lego’s when he wants to or trains when he wants to there is a drawer on each side of the table for storage too….
Carefully place your Lego plates on the table in their pre-determined places, maintaining the appropriate spacing between the boards.
Great idea! I think, instead of gluing the lego mats to a table, I’ll use a heavy board so that I can set it on a normal table and slide somewhere (under couch/bed) when not in use.
Got a Lego-maniac at your house? Instead of buying another set of bricks, craft a lego table to make building even more fun.
I’ve thought about buying a Lego table for them for years, and finally decided to try my hand at building one for them.
Arrange your Lego plates on the table to roughly determine placement.

Shop for Childrens Toy Boxes and Storage from Hayneedle.com! Turn a simple storage pod into a play area for your child with the RooMeez Lego Table with Engraved Letter Door.
Shop for Childrens Toy Boxes and Storage from Hayneedle.com! Turn a simple storage pod into a play area for your child with the RooMeez Lego Table with Engraved Letter Door.
Shop for Childrens Toy Boxes and Storage from Hayneedle.com! Turn a simple storage pod into a play area for your child with the RooMeez Lego Table with Engraved Letter Door.
Turn a simple storage pod into a play area for your child with the RooMeez Lego Table with Engraved Letter Door.
Turn a simple storage pod into a play area for your child with the RooMeez Lego Table with Engraved Letter Door.
Turn a simple storage pod into a play area for your child with the RooMeez Lego Table with Engraved Letter Door.
Shop for Childrens Toy Boxes and Storage from Hayneedle.com! You child will love playing with the RooBeez Lego Table – Solid Door Color while you'll love how easy it makes keeping a room clean and organized.
The Imaginarium Activity Table with Ottomans Natural features doublesided play with a LEGO Building Surface on one side or Solid Wood in a beautiful Natural finish on the other.
You child will love playing with the RooBeez Lego Table – Solid Door Color while you'll love how easy it makes keeping a room clean and organized.
You child will love playing with the RooBeez Lego Table – Solid Door Color while you'll love how easy it makes keeping a room clean and organized.
TOT TUTORS CONSTRUCTION / LEGO MEGA BLOKS BUILDING TABLE CHAIR SET NEW IN THE BOX Ages: 2-6 Color: Multi-Color Table Top Dimensions: 20" x 20"Seat Height: 10" The 2-in-1 Plastic Construction Table Set features bright primary colors to stimulate active imaginations and creative play.
You can even personalize this Lego table with an engraved door available in your choice of color and with your choice of letter or number.
You can even personalize this Lego table with an engraved door available in your choice of color and with your choice of letter or number.
You can even personalize this Lego table with an engraved door available in your choice of color and with your choice of letter or number.
You can even personalize this Lego table with an engraved door available in your choice of color and with your choice of letter or number.
You can even personalize this Lego table with an engraved door available in your choice of color and with your choice of letter or number.
You can even personalize this Lego table with an engraved door available in your choice of color and with your choice of letter or number.
This beautiful wooden train table is sure to provide young minds with hours of imaginative play, all of it at eye level! Features: -Includes 30 piece train set and 200 piece Lego-compatible block set.-Made of wood.-Recommended for ages 3 and up.-Reversible play board tabletop.-Large enough for multiple children to play at once.-Collection: Activity .

Screw and glue the 1×4’s to the outside edge of the plywood using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
I am reviewing the plans…How do you keep the top of the table flush (1×4’s and lego plates)? It seems the lego plates will sit .10″ above the 1×4’s.
Now glue down the LEGO building plates as shown using liquid nails adhesive or an equivalent.
Then, with the top laying upside down, lay the base on the top and then, while maintaining 1 inch from each post to the outside of the tabletop, screw the base to the top using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
I found the easiest way to draw the square accurately was to line the LEGO tile up with the outside edge and draw a line using the interior side.
Then, screw the 1×4’s at the corners using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
Build this LEGO table for our friends kids (twins)…changed things up a little from Rogue’s plan and put my spin on it with the gladiator boxes for LEGO storage.
Set them back 1/2″ from the face of your 2x2x18″ legs and screw and glue them in place using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
Use finishing nails to attach the screen moulding to the interior of the LEGO storage hole to finish it off.
I found that the Lego building plates are slightly larger than 10″, maybe 10 1/32″ or 10 1/16″.
My son Brayden started taking an interest in building blocks so I thought a LEGO table would be a welcomed addition to his corner of or living room.

Making the Lego table itself is pretty self explanatory- assemble a small table (we got a white IKEA Lack table for $8), gorilla glue four Lego base plates to the top (be sure to add legos to all of the seams so that the spacing is correct- pushing the base plates all the way together makes for the wrong spacing).
[…] Best Small Lego Table – I love how it has storage in buckets on the side and a magnet strip for the small parts.
We are Lego fanatics in this house! I am going to make this Lego table!What did you use for the bins? My seven year old loved the magnetic strip idea for this lego people.

We don’t want to keep the baby out of the 4yo’s room just because of the Lego (which would then only be allowed in that room).
We feel it would be unreasonable to the 4yo to forbid Lego in the rest of the house, and unreasonable to the baby to forbid access to his brother’s room.
I don’t think it’s realistic to tell a 4yo to keep his Lego only on the dining table where the baby can’t reach it.
While this, in itself, doesn’t keep the baby away from the Lego, it does provide a simple and quick way to put it out of reach – just draw the string to close it.
Your 4 year old should understand the concept of tidying up, so if you let him play with small kits (which is probably best at first) then the pieces should all end up as part of the finished toy, which he can then put on a table, mantelpiece or somewhere out of reach of the baby.
I would sand down a sheet of plywood and add four legs (to be sturdy enough that it won’t topple easily) and make sure the legs are tall enough that the baby can’t reach the edge of the table.
That way your older child can choose what room he wants to be in while he builds, baby can watch but not touch, and baby is free to explore the rest of the house.
You could do this in reverse – use it to keep baby out – and make it a Lego zone.
Your riskiest times are at the start when all the pieces are laid out, so use a tray for this stage (it keeps them together) and ideally get him to play with it somewhere the baby doesn’t go, and at the end, when you need to make sure the baby doesn’t just try and eat the finished article.

If your child is one of the millions of kids who love to play with LEGOs, investing in a LEGO play table may not be a bad idea.
While LEGO Group, which is based in Billund, Denmark, makes only a few styles of play tables, there are several companies out there that make LEGO-compatible tables, which means any style of plastic brick ”should” work with them.
Many of these tables are compact enough to be out of the way when not in use, but at the same time, offer a place for your child to play with and store his or her LEGO pieces.
Because LEGOs are recommended for children older than three years old, the same recommendation should be adhered to when purchasing a table.
Older children may find the chairs too small to sit in, but if need be, can always sit or kneel beside the table when they play.
These best-selling toys seem to do better with younger children because not only are the seats and the table itself smaller, but their LEGO projects are too.
If you really aren’t sure if a LEGO table is right for your child, go to a local toy store and try it out.

My boys are too little for all of the cool, big Lego sets right now (they’re 4 months and just turned two years) but this post has me so excited for when they’re older and, hopefully, into Legos! I might have to start buying now, especially the Harry Potter sets.
(Though considering how many kids and adults continue to build with Legos for many, MANY years, secondhand pickings can be surprisingly slim, at least compared to really age-restricted stuff, like wooden train sets or Duplo.) The sets inevitably crumble into a hodgepodge of loose pieces and parts anyway and your kids will then unleash their imaginations and re-build things however they want.
So for a new Lego builder who wants the Ninjago or Star Wars or whatever sets but isn’t maybe 100% ready to build them him or herself, I’d recommend focusing on the minifigures.
My boys also Looooove legos, word of warning, do not let them get into discontinued lego sets or you will be trolling ebay for first edition Harry Potter lego sets for way too long and for way too much money.
We also have a big plastic wheeled bin with a lid from Ikea, with smaller stackable bins inside to keep the most precious of the blocks separate and sorted (minifigures, weapons, teeny little cute accessories, Ninjao spinners, etc.). Noah occasionally likes to play with his still-intact, more elaborate sets up at the dining table or counter so his brothers aren’t bothering him on the floor.
For the longest time we had all the lego in a big bin with smaller drawers for the mini figures, and a flat surface that was designated “built not-to-be-destroyed” lego (both sets and their own creations).
We have a variety of sets – Ninjago, Star Wars, Superheroes, and Legos City along with extra bricks.
We started off with the Creator sets just because that was a good value for the money – build three things out of one set! And they were simple enough for my 5-year-old to master on his own.
The one Big Fancy Set your kid wants looks expensive and daunting, and in your day you didn’t have no $150 Star Wars Lego sets or customized roof tiles (ROOF TILES!), you had a big huge box of mismatched Lego blocks your mom got at a yard sale and YOU LIKED IT.
My husband helps them build the sets and now my older son is starting to make his own creations and started requesting plain Legos (we have a Legos store close by).
The Ninjago “spinner” sets can get your son all the awesome ninja characters (good and bad guys, ’cause you gotta have some fun bad guys to defeat, in my opinion), their cool swords and staffs or whatever the hell, and then Lego’s take on Beyblade/battle tops that can crash into each other and keep your child happily amused for quite a long time.
My middle son (5) loves the lego city sets- he can build most of the smaller ones without help, and ninjagos are all the rage in our kindergarten scene, I’m sure they will be under our tree, along with an overpriced Hogwarts Express, and perhaps the lego Death Star if my 8 year gets his wish.

We wanted to give them a place to build and display their creations so we made these awesome tables! You can build this table for under $30, using a table you can get at IKEA.
We wanted to give them a place to build and display their creations so we made these awesome tables! You can build this table for under $30, using a table you can get at IKEA.
Ideally I am thinking of using a table with a drawer in it, and gluing the Lego base plates too it.

I wish I had found this before I began making mine! The ironic thing is I am using the exact same materials except I got the “coffee table” for $20 (a bit shorter and longer) 2 gray baseplates and I’m using permanent adhesive, total cost was about $50 (I had a coupon for Toys R Us and used them on the plates) My daughter is a lego fanatic and is turning 8 tomorrow and has far outgrown the little tables.
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do you know if the large legos also fit onto the lego building plate? my kiddo is 2 and not using the mini legos yet for choking reasons, but I want to build him a table and want to use your tutorial and his large legos.

The Imaginarium LEGO Activity Table comes with not 1, but 2 bag storage nets under the table for easy, "no more excuses allowed" storage.
Other than that, this should be all the table you would ever need.  This table includes 6 storage bins and another storage area inside the table (shown above).  In addition, there are shelves on both sides of the table.
Lego Tables come in different styles and varieties, from small preschool tables to large activity tables.  However, LEGO tables with storage provide the greatest benefit of all LEGO tables.
Bag Storage tables generally have the least amount of room for storage; therefore, if you purchase a bag storage table, you may want to purchase an additional storage container.
This is the ultimate LEGO DUPLO compatible storage table.
Simply by purchasing a LEGO table with storage.
No worries.  If your child has one of the LEGO tables with storage, you can nearly eliminate any of the scenarios above.
This fully assembled table from the Jonti-Craft organization has 4 storage tubs that conveniently fit into each side of the table itself (shown in picture).

I recently saw a LEGO table in the one step ahead catalog that is made for ages 3 and up and pictures an adult sitting at the table with the kids so it’s probably not too small.It has a storage area in the middle and three panels that are reversible so it can be used as a smooth table for other activities.
Has anyone seen a lego table that would work? Hopefully one that doesn’t break the bank 🙂 I would be more interested in finding one that has the storage in the middle, but will consider all suggestions.
Like others have said, you coule probably buy the sheets of lego material/base and glue them to any table you find or build to the right size.
WOW!! What great ideas, everybody! The table being new certainly wasn’t important to me (we have LOTS of previously loved stuff) so the ideas of checking thrift stores and craigslist were good ones.

However, I know a 7 year old who has had Lego since he was 2 and he has lost numerous pieces and has only started to be able to build sets on his own and keep the pieces together fairly recently.
From a motor skills perspective: I think most 4 year olds have the motor pieces to attach and detach basic regular Lego bricks, but obviously would need help with following instructions.
She likes giving her teddy bear a bath in Lego bricks when I am building sets like Tower Bridge but also puts things together even though she cannot follow set instructions yet.
For instance, my daughter was not the type to explore with her mouth, so I have little doubt that it’ll be safe to allow her to play with regular Lego bricks early (though still supervised, of course).
While being on spring break this last week, I went and bought a bunch of Sterilite containers and spent the time putting the sets that I want to keep solvent (away from the destructive hands of my boys) and also to separate the pieces.
One other thing that helps him keep track of the bits is that I bought him some second hand LEGO that had been ‘mistreated’ (missing hands, drawn on, etc) and he was dissapointed that the other children had lost bit and mistreated it, which I think really helps him understand the value of looking after HIS LEGO.
More on the line I was ready to introduce them to LEGO and I found the Thomas Tank Engine line great due to the sets and pieces.
🙂 I’m 40 and I play with Duplo rather than with small Lego bricks.
I could build things and managed to hardly lose any pieces (I will be replacing those from the Lego pick a brick once I figure out exactly what’s missing).
She’s shown more interest and desire to play with the regular, smaller LEGO bricks.

Some of you may have seen Lego table ideas on Pinterest or maybe you’ve seen people posting this idea on Facebook.
Some of you might have one at home or you’ve seen this vintage style table at thrift stores or yard sales.
Once I got the end table home, I measured the top so I could search for a basket to store Lego pieces.

Shared by: Kirrily H – Purpose built Lego area built on top of bunk beds, strong wood supports both adult and child.
Shared by: Jasmine S – Lego table with storage box.
Shared by: Amy S – Hubby built a table into the corner for the city of Lego.
Shared by: Alison J S – Grandma made this lego bag which also doubles as a play mat.
Shared by: Jane I – Homemade lego play track.
Shared by: Josslyn H – 2 drawer system from Kmart, sorted by colour, 5 drawers for people parts, animal pieces, ninjago/chima weapons and other bits and pieces.
Yesterday on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.
But really – WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THE WEIRD BITS?? Especially star wars LEGO contains millions of strangely shaped bits that are impossible to do anything with.
Shared by: Kylie M – Each row on the right side is colour coordinated and colour goes from single stud bricks on the left to the 2×4 stud bricks on the right.
Shared by: Pippa S W – Sorted by colour, but we like to keep “sets” together as much as possible in zip lock bags with the booklets in them.
I posted Organised Housewife’s fascinating post about Lego storage ideas to facebook.

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