Build A Lego Table (w help from IKEA)

Lego DressupI think having kids is just an excuse for us to go back and play with the toys that we grew up with.  I admit it.  I love to play with Lego, and I proudly got my daughter into playing with it as well.  As you start to gain more sets of Lego, you will find that you don’t really have a place to play with them.  Sure you have the carpet, but are you willing to lose pieces to the vacuum cleaner?  There’s the kitchen table, but you know you’re going to have to tear it all down before dinner starts.  So what do you do?  You turn to the internet and see what others have done!

I’ll admit, this idea is not solely my own.  I give full credit to Angry Julie for this little gem.  But the reason I’m posting my version is because I found a way to improve on her design that I thought might benefit others. Where she (and many others on the internet) have glued down the Lego baseplates I opted to use magnets.  This way we could switch out the Lego baseplates and create different scenes.

To get yourself started you’re going to need a few items;

  • IKEA Lack table
    Approximately $10-15 each.  Since I built our tables, IKEA now has a wide variety of fun colors (ie: Red, Orange, Green)
  • Magnet Sheets
    Found at Wal-Mart for approximately $6 for 2 magnet sheets.  Each sheet is like a big sticker with a peel-n-stick side.
  • Lego Baseplates (4 minimum)
    Straight from the Lego store for approximately $8/each in both blue and green. (white is hard to find but it does exist)
  • A Handful of Lego blocks
  • Painters Tape

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Put together your IKEA lack table.
(Apparently I forgot to take a picture of this when I started, so I’m posting up the stock image from IKEA)

Ikea Lack Table


Place (4) Lego baseplates centered on the top of the IKEA lack table.  Use some Lego blocks to hold your baseplates together.  This is very important as later, when you are building on the table, your Lego structures can be built over the baseplate seams.



Using the painter’s tape, outline your Lego baseplates



Once you’ve outlined the Lego baseplates, remove them from the table.



Flip each Lego baseplate over and attach the magnet sheet to the back.  I found I had to cut some sheets so that the back of the baseplate would get a proper amount of coverage to attach to the table.
**Warning** When cutting the magnet sheets I found that it could change the polarity of the magnet along the cut edge.  This might cause problems when attaching to the magnets attached to the table and cause the Lego baseplates to pull away from each other.  Because your Lego baseplates are square you can sometimes just rotate the baseplate until it sits properly.  But just be aware.



Place magnet sheets on the table within your boarders.  Again, take heed of the warning in Step#5.  You may want to layout the magnet sheets and test the ‘connection’ to your Lego baseplates before sticking them to the table.


Step #7

Now attachconnect your Lego baseplates to the table in the combination you desire.

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Step #8

Start building!!!


As you get a little more creative you can start adding in more tables and create an interchanging environment. Have Fun!


2 thoughts on “Build A Lego Table (w help from IKEA)

  • November 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Looks great!
    Where did you get the magnetic sheets from?

    • November 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      I got them from Wal-Mart, but I’m guessing that most craft stores should carry something like this.
      It came in a 2-pack and each has a peel-n-stick back to it.
      If you click on the “Magnet Sheets” link in the above ‘things you need’ list it should take you right to the item on Wal-Mart’s website for reference.


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