Make an Ikea Hack custom train and activity table with TONS of storage. This EASY DIY project is a great way to get toys off the floor and organized once and for all!
If I had a dollar for every time I almost died tripping over a toy sitting in the middle of the floor, I could retire before age 30. OK. That may be a bit of an exaggeration. But just a bit.
See, Robert has taken up a recent obsession with all things that have an engine, especially “choo-choos.” Train tracks, trains, race cars, and everything else that goes “vroom” had taken up permanent residence on the black-and-white rug in our living room. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the Magna Tile situation.
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The breaking point was at Christmas, when Santa added to Robert’s wooden toy train set with block buildings and trees. There was just too much going on. We needed an activity table.
Here’s a little taste of what things looked like in the living room:
(I think Brooklyn was saying something along the lines of: “I’m sorry you tripped on our toys and almost broke your neck. Just remember how adorable we are and how much you love us.”)
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** And if you’re short on space, you’re going to want to see our playroom in a closet. The twins LOVE it! **
What do you do when you’re a parent on a budget, with two little ones who love beating up on your furniture? Go to Ikea, obviously.
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Supplies Needed to Make this Activity Table
Ikea Hack Custom Activity and Train Table – Instructions
This is the least complicated Ikea hack ever. Just flip the table top over and set the Trofast frame (also upside-down) on top. Use a measuring tape to perfectly center the table top. Then use 6 screws to attach the table top to the Trofast frame.
Ikea Hack Custom Activity and Train Table – The Finished Product
This table is the perfect size for our small home. It’s not as big as some other train tables, but it works perfectly for what we want to do. We can play trains, have a picnic, play Magna Tiles, or pretty much anything else. Plus, everything gets tucked away in those slide-out tubs when we have finished playing!