We purchased the IKEA Flisat table when our little one was almost one year old. He wasn’t walking yet, but really liked standing at things chest-height and working with his hands. Here’s how we turned it into a Duplo LEGO Table, but can still use it as a regular table too.
There are quite a few IKEA table and desk options for kids. This one seemed like the one we would get the best value out of. It has a short table top, and removable lids to put TROFAST storage bins in. We also liked the stools that match it, and got one to start. He didn’t ended up using the stool until about 18 months. By age 2 he was using it at both his table and his art easel.
Around 18 months I thought he would probably really like to build at the table too. I thought if I could velcro a Lego Duplo baseplate to one of the lids, we could just flip it over when not in use. As he gets older we could swap it out for a LEGO baseplate etc. And of course, I assumed I was not the first genius to have thought of this. *wink* On a short search, lots of people have already done this in different ways. We wanted a simple version, with just one side. Since we have one kid and he would usually always have one side as an open bin with Legos and the other side closed as Lego land for building. We chose green as it also complemented his barn and other play things as “grass”. There are also grey or pink baseplates.
What you Need:
- IKEA Flisat table – $50 (or other table that has storage bins/lids)
- Trofast bins – $3 each
- Flisat stool – $18
- Strictly Briks Duplo/Mega Block Baseplate – $8
- Velcro strips – $3 (I already had these ones from previous project)
- Duplo Legos – any set!
- Although LEGO sells their own baseplates, the aftermarket ones are just as good. And what’s nice about the Strictly Briks one that is 10.5×15 with rounded corners. It already almost fits in the TROFAST bins and it’s compatible with MegaBlocks too. So line up your baseplate on a bin top and plan out your cuts.
- Draw your cut line on the bottom of the baseplate. You only need to remove 2 of the corner bumps to get it to fit. I didn’t have the best luck with a box cutter or exacto knife. I ended up using my super sharp craft scissors. (I’m sure this is a big no-no for crafters, but it worked for me, lol). Remember, even if the corners aren’t totally perfect, you’re not going to notice in a day.
- After you’ve cut the corner pieces, place the baseplate face down in the bin. Make sure it all fits totally flat with bin lid on top. (I had to trim up a few spots and also one edge that was a little sharp after cutting.)
- With the baseplate face down (knobby side in the bin), test putting your lid on the table. After everything fits, take the lid back off. Peel the poky side of velcro pieces to place on baseplate backing. I used about 6 small pieces – four for the corners and two in the middle.
- Peel off the other softer side of Velcro backing and put the lid on the table. Press down on lid. Then carefully lift the lid off. Place on floor with baseplate showing and press hard to get the velcro to really stick. As with velcro stuff, follow the instructions and don’t try testing out taking the velcro piece off for 12-24 hours.
- Fill a bin with Duplos and get building at your new LEGO table!
At 2.5 he still uses this LEGO table on almost a daily basis. I love the independence it allows him. Since we have it facing a wall, it gives him a sense of privacy, I think. It’s partly his personality, but having a space where he isn’t being distracted by what others are doing has helped him develop his solo-play skills. He is starting to play independently for longer stretches and I think this table has really helped with that.
This table is now like his toddler office! He also has wooden bins underneath for vehicles, one for barn/animals, and one for trains and tracks. The IKEA LUSTIGT mini shelf with ladders, is also a super cute addition. He loves to line up animals and matchbox cars on it.