There's nothing like a space of your own when you enjoy a craft or hobby. A hobby table is a place to spread out craft supplies and get creative for kids and adults alike. While there are many types of hobby tables available on the market in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, a more affordable (and fun) option is the do-it-yourself kind. Once you determine where you will put the hobby table and how much space is available, roll up your sleeves and get started.
Use What You Have
Look around the house for unused tables or desks that could function as a hobby table. A square or rectangular table in the middle of the room works well with a few chairs or stools for seating. A desk placed up against a wall (or two desks placed together to form an L-shape) creates a good work area. Even long banquet-style folding tables can be used by themselves in an L-formation or put them together to form a large square.
Visit the local thrift store for inexpensive tables, desks and bookcases. Ensure that the furniture is sturdy and in decent condition. Cosmetic flaws are acceptable. They can be sanded and painted later.
Utilize bookcases at one or both ends of the hobby table and place baskets, bins, tins and clear jars on the shelves to keep supplies organized. Cruise the aisles of an arts and craft stores for ideas on storing supplies. For example, clear stackable bins, plastic compartmentalized bead containers and unfinished wooden cubes may be painted and stacked at the end of the hobby table to hold paper and supplies.
Gently sand the table, desk and bookcase(s). Paint with two coats of satin finish paint. Consider decorating the table by adhering stickers, photos, magazine pictures, scrapbook paper to the top of the table and finish with a clear craft sealer. The hobby table is as much a work of art as your craft so express your creativity in the creation. Coordinate the paint color with the color theme of the room and make the hobby table part of the room's decor.
Build It from Scratch
Use your handiness to build a hobby table from laminated wood. Go to the local hardware store, have a piece of white laminated wood cut to your desired size and place it on top of two white laminated bookcases so the bookcases are at either end of the table. Secure the wood to the bookcases from underneath with a drill and screws and apply laminated wood tape to the exposed edges. Use the bookcases for storage and add some chairs or stools under the table. Another option is to use wooden horses as the base and have a piece of plywood or laminated wood cut for the top.