How to Build a Sewing Table

By Contributing Writer ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • 2-inch thick plywood, cut to the length and width you would like
  • 1 2-by-4 inch wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood paint or stain
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 1/4-inch thick corkboard
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Brown butcher paper to cover your table

A sewing table is a crucial part of any sewing room. Whether a large or small room, you can make a sewing table to accommodate any space. It will allow you to sew with greater ease, giving you a place to cut your fabrics and prepare your garments. Building one is fairly simple, too, and requires only a few adjustments to a basic sewing table.

Decide on the size of your sewing table and buy a 2-inch thick piece of plywood about that size. Make sure the table does not overtake your room and allows you to still maneuver around your sewing room.

Measure from the floor to about your waist and cut a 2 by 4 into 4 pieces using this measurement; each piece should be equal in height. These will be your table legs. Change the length if you wish, as you will want a high table to minimize bending over the table.

Sand the edges of your plywood and table legs until they are smooth.

Screw the table legs into each corner of the plywood. You will now have a basic table shape.

Stain the legs of the table if you wish to have a more finished look.

Roll out the corkboard onto the plywood top and staple it down. The corkboard will allow you to pin into the table. Corkboard that is 1/4 inch thick will work well, but the thicker the corkboard, the more you will be able to pin into it.

Continue smoothing out the corkboard onto the table until the entire tabletop is covered.

Roll the butcher paper onto the table. Staple the edges of the paper under the table. Make sure the table is fully covered. Change out the butcher paper once a year to keep it smooth.