DIY Hideaway Train Table
Our son, Sam, loves trains. He received a little Thomas set last Christmas, and has spent may afternoons fiddling with it in his cozy bedroom. Because the room is so cozy, we often need to take apart the tracks in order to move around.
With this train table, we are able to keep the tracks put together, and simply slide the whole set under his bed when it's time to clean up!
I love this train table! It is pretty much my favorite DIY project this year. It is cool looking, and it gets used almost everyday.
This table is made from:
- a piece of scrap plywood from Home Depot (ours is 3.5′ x 3′)
- a large piece of green felt
- spray adhesive
- 4 casters
- some scrap wood underneath for added strength (We used wood to add support, in case one of the kids crawls onto the table. The wood keeps it from bowing in the center. If your table is smaller, or has different dimensions, you might not need this extra support. An interesting math/physics problem would be figuring out which dimensions provide the most strength!)
The entire project cost about $12.00. (Most of that cost came from the can of spray adhesive, but we have almost a full can left for future projects.)
A train table like this is perfect for two reasons:
- The bright felt surface provides the perfect backdrop for all sorts of figures and toys for imaginative play.
- The low profile+casters allows it to slide easily under the bed for storage. This means there is no longer a train set in the middle of the floor, and when we want a clean floor we no longer have to take the tracks apart!
For a simple explanation of how to make a table like this, please check out small+friendly. I was (obviously) inspired by Carla’s table, and also by the gif at the bottom of her post!
We are continuously exploring space saving solutions for the kids’ tiny bedroom. So far, a few tricks like this disappearing train table have helped quite a lot. If you have other tips for creative and space-saving shelving, storage, play, and sleep; please share!