As you know I have partnered with Apartment Guide as an Official Apartment Guide Organizing Blogger.
This has been a great opportunity to be able to share budget-friendly and space-friendly tips, projects and ideas.

We are currently working on getting my craft room finished, but for now I’m using a smaller room in my home.
I’ve temporarily set up most of my storage units, but have been using a long folding table to craft on.
It was way too big for the space and didn’t have added storage for all my supplies.

IKEA has these awesome desk tops for only $25 and I found the bookcases at Wal-Mart for only $15 each.
The IKEA top is called Vika Amon, but might be limited to only store purchases and not in the catalog.
A whole new DIY craft table with storage for only $55. I think that’s an incredible deal.
It can be adapted to be used in almost any space and it can be easily moved.
Just use liquid nails to add a piece of wood to the underside of the table top to hold it in place between the 2 bookcases.
It can be easily taken apart in less than a minute.

The best part is the extra storage.
By adding baskets you can store practically anything out of sight.
If you wanted to display the items, just leave the baskets out.

I added tags to my baskets since I’m using it in a craft room and I want to be able to find things easily.

The table sets about the height of a low bar so the short bar stools work perfectly.
I’m looking for an adjustable stool for mine.
Maybe a bright red one to add some awesome color to the space.

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Diane March 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Wow! Can’t believe three items can produce such a great workspace! Have fun decorating your new room!

Shirley Lupton March 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I went to a garage sale over the weekend and got 2 two drawer files and a door all for $20.00 to make a desk. They need a little tender care but I can’t believe the bargain. Can’t wait to get my craftroom in order. Thanks for your blog and fantastic ideas.

Alisha March 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

Great work thinking outside the box with separate shelves and a desk top!

michelle@somedaycrafts March 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Awesome idea! If I ever have a craft room, this will be my table! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Mindy March 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

what was the desk top from ikea called? is it the vika amon?

Alison March 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Wow, Leanne! This is incredible! Just pinned! :)

Erin{LavenderandLemonDrops) March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

that’s an awesome table! I so wish I had a craft room!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims March 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

Love this idea! Just pinned it. New follower! :)

Amy March 15, 2012 at 7:35 am

I love how it turned out Leanne! I think I’m going to have to do something just like this when my basement ever gets finished. ;)
xoxo

Liz@HoosierHomemade March 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Love the new craft table! And congrats on hitting 2 million!! WooHoo!!
~Liz

Kelli March 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love this. Have seen many similar and love the idea. I made a table also out of MDF with table legs, but when we move, I am feeling that I will have to make one like this.
Kelli

Kat March 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

Can I ask the name of the tabletop? I love this idea!

Laura March 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Which table top did you get? Or at least, what are the dimensions so we can find a similar sized one?

claire rose April 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

What a great idea-love your creativity-following you from beneath my heart-stop by for a visit!

Sandra Moak April 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Making mine tonight!!! I’m so excited:O

Shannon May 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

That is an awesome idea. I just showed it to my husband, and he liked it too. Especially the cost! LOL. I am
definitely going to look for those shelves today.

Dana May 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

HI what is the table name called and what are dimensions? Can wait to get started on this!

linda June 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

thank you for this idea! my husband just made me this for my birthday. :) my table top is MDF since ikea is too far away; found it at a door manufacturer and he cut it to size, which cost less than at a big box store so even better.

cathy July 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

I found the bookshelves on the Walmart website…says they are 32 inches in length….but I cant find a table top on Ikea website that measures 32 inches???? Your pics show that your table top & shelves match up perfectly….help????

Tina Reed July 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

I can’t find a table/desk top with the right dimensions on the Ikea website. Which one did you purchase?

Katie July 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I know several other people have asked already, but it doesn’t seem like you’ve responded. What are the dimensions for the tabletop and bookshelves? I am unable to find ones that match.

noemi rivera August 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thank you so much for this idea! your craft room is so well organized! I love it! Again , “thank you!!!!”

Laurie September 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

@Katie. I just did this myself and found the bookcases she used at Wal-Mart. The brand is Mainstay. It’s a three shelf bookcase. It’s exactly 29 1/2 deep just like the table top from Ikea. The bookshelves are somewhat sturdy. You might want to pay a little extra for more sturdy “legs”.

Laurie September 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Table Top from IKEA is Vika Amon 59″ width and 29 1/2 depth.
The white is $25.99. Black/Brown or gloss white or gloss red which is awesome by the way is $35.99.
The bookshelves are from Mainstay at Wal-Mart. They are exactly 29 1/2 ” deep, same as depth of table top.

jessica September 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

hi laurie! i’m looking to do a very similar table! do you have a specific name/link for the bookshelves?

Gail September 21, 2012 at 5:12 am

Good project. I suggest you paint your clothespins to support the happy mood in your craft room.

Beryl November 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

Newbie here: Was anyone else confused by the instructions to add a piece of wood under the table top? Where? Thanks for the help

Betty Haas November 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thank you so much for the great idea. Purchased 2 bookcases from Home depot and my brother found a throw away fiberglass piece from a boat for the top. He trimmed in with 1″ wood trimming. Put two tall stools on the ends and I have the most beautiful and useable kitchen island ever. I am very grateful for the idea. Total cost $24.00.

lalaw2153 December 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Thanks for the great idea, but not sure where you get the ikea top. I looked on Ikea website and there isn’t any table tops or desk tops for anywhere near $25 that are that size. Again…can’t wait to check walmart for the bookshelves. Can you please tell me the height on the bookshelves? Thanks and God Bless

Rachel January 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Loving the blog. Some great ideas here. I’m trying to get my rented small flat organised without spending much money or making any permanent changes, which is tricky! I’ve already created a wall of wool using cheap ikea storage boxes for my burgeoning yarn stash!

I’m reserving this idea for when I have a bigger place – just wondering how gluing the piece of wood under the table top works? I can’t visualise what size this would be or where it would go. If I added wooden batons that line up with the inside edge of each book shelf so the top can’t slip either way, would that work? Thanks :)

Allison January 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I love this! I made it for my craft room so my daughter and I could craft together. I just want to let you know some unfortunate news. I went to purchase these bookshelves at Wal-Mart and was informed that they are discontinuing these shelves. I had to go to3 different stores to find them.

leanneja January 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

The table top is called Vika Amon or Amon Vika. I can’t remember what order it goes in. It’s $25 but I haven’t looked for it on their website or in the catalog, I bought it at the store.

Jeannie February 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

How do you take this apart? Isn’t it hard since you used liquid nails?

leanneja February 4, 2013 at 1:58 am

The liquid nails is only applied to the 2×2 board running along the underside of the table top to keep it in place between the 2 bookcases. None of the 3 pieces are glued together. It comes apart very easily.

Lauren @momhomeguide February 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I love it! I might have to make a craft table for my home office. There’s already a desk in my home office, but I’d like to replace it — my knees keep hitting the bottom of the desk! (Despite the fact that I am more petite than tall!) I really like the labels you added to the bins, and how you attached them with clothespins — very cute! The clothespins would look very cute with some scrapbook paper Mod Podged to them.

ashley February 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

I found a changing table made of wood for $15 at goodwill to store all of my craft loot; part of the table folds down to hide a shelf that stores baskets and jars, etc full of craft supplies or flip it up for extra working room; I display markers, pencils, paints and brushes, glue, scissors, etc on top; the very bottom I placed trays for construction paper, scrapbooking paper, sketching paper and also a straight edge cutter, stamp kit, baskets of ribbons, stencils, laminator. the middle shelf that can be hidden contains jars of beads, glitter, acrylic stones, pipe cleaner, pom poms, stickers, glue gun, hooks, pins, string, wiggle eyes, and many adhesives. I also hung nails on the outer sides to hang regular scissors, hole puncher, etc. I call it “the craft station” im such a nerd but it works; im anal about organization

leanneja March 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

I think your idea would work fine. I just used a 2×2 piece of wood cut the length of the table top minus the bookshelves and secured that to the underside of the table top using liquid nails.

leanneja March 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

I used a piece of 2×2 wood cut to the size (length) of the table top minus the bookshelves. Once you have the table in place, adhere the wood strip to the underside of the table top in the center of the table. I used liquid nails. Only adhere it to the table. Take the table top off and place something heavy on it until it dries. Now you can place it back on and the wood strip will hold it in the right place so it doesn’t slip but you can still take it apart when you need too.

Julie April 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

May I ask where you bought your baskets (since they fit so perfectly in the bookshelves).
Thanks!

leanneja July 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I purchased them at Wal-Mart.

Mike July 25, 2013 at 5:57 am

It appears that the table top is an Ikea Linmon, article number 202.511.39.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20251139/

leanneja July 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

It’s actually the Vika Amon table top.

Mike July 26, 2013 at 6:58 am

Yes, but I was unable to find the Vika Amon on the IKEA website. In fact, a search for “Amon” by itself does not yield any hits. It appears that the Linmon is the same size and price, so I thought it might be helpful for people who want to build this setup.

apl August 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Bummer… I just ordered the Linmon from Ikea but can’t find the Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcase, White in any of the Walmarts around here. It is only sold in-store. Oh well, I will try to find other book cases. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy February 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

They no longer make the Vika Amon. They are replaced by the Linmon.

Monique - Beads & Basics March 6, 2014 at 3:27 am

This would totally work in my new office space!
I’m switching to the Ikea site ;)
Thanks for sharing!
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Joy April 17, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Looking for the bookshelves any idea

leanneja April 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I bought mine at WalMart.

Chris J June 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I did something similar. http://www.hometalk.com/752216/my-newly-redone-scrap-booking-area. It was easy and the desk comes apart with the tap of a hammer.

Amanda July 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Quick question has anyone had a problem with how much weight the bookshelves can hold?

Michele July 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I just made this with the Mainstay bookshelves from Walmart (which are $16 now btw). They are EXTREMELY flimsy and sway side to side. I think I will reinforce them with some “L” brackets.
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leanneja July 24, 2014 at 12:19 am

I’m sorry you’re having problems with the bookcases. I have moved them 3 times and have never had problems with them swaying or being flimsy. Leaving the back off the bookcases might be causing this problem.

Michele July 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

You are right! The back on the bookshelves makes a world of difference. Since I wanted to be able to access the shelves from both sides, I just reinforced it with brackets – still not as sturdy as if you put the back on, but its good enough for me :)
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