In my process of playroom planning I decided I wanted a sensory table. I thought that it would be great to have in the summer to bring outside. I am dreaming of summer right now! I looked to see the cost of different sensory tables and of course most were over $100. So then I set off to Pinterest to find some inspiration for a DIY sensory table. A lot of the inspiration came in the form of building your own. I try to avoid anything where I really have to use too many tools or build from scratch. After looking at some of them I didn’t think that they looked all that different from an old table I had from IKEA in our basement. I tend to save all of our unused furniture in case I come up with a purpose for it. Glad I found a purpose for this thing! My idea was to cut out a hole in the table and drop a bin in it and use it for the cover. The height of the table was about perfect at 18 inches off the ground so I decided I didn’t have much to lose and why not try it!
At this point you should have your box drawn on the table and be ready to cut. The easiest way to cut would be with a jigsaw. We had to use a skill saw as it was the only saw we had available.
I was nervous to see how everything would turn out and if the sawing would work. I was afraid the table was just going to fall apart! I was so happy when the sawing was done to see that it worked like a charm! The hole looked great and the table didn’t fall apart! I now also knew what the inside of an Ikea table consisted of.
Now it was time for the moment of truth dropping the bin into the hole. I was going to get to see what kind of sensory table this was.
It worked perfectly! C is too small right now to use it but by this summer it will be a great option. I may even paint it if I get ambitious as the table is a little old. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. I can’t wait to fill it with different things for C to explore. This project took a whole 10-15 minutes to make. Totally worth it!
We’ve been using the sensory table a lot this summer. We are using it as our water table too and it has been working great! So glad that we made it. I love that I can take the bin in and out and interchange it as well.
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