Mar 14, 2011

Creating a Kid-Friendly Table

The table that we purchased off Craigslist last week gave us an opportunity to expand our thinking.  We were planning to keep our kitchen table just where it was... in the kitchen, but when the new table was brought in the house we quickly changed our minds (well, first the husband, I eventually agreed).  The new table is now in the kitchen and our jacobean stained table has been moved into the playroom....


I love the dark stain on the table against the creamy white walls, but that table is waaay too high for preschoolers... our kids are tall, but they are not giant, so this table needed an adjustment.  I wanted a really quick fix... I was wishing there were four legs on the table so I could just saw off a few inches on each leg to accommodate the chairs and the kid's height, but since the base is one solid piece in the middle of the table, the fix was going to require a little more time (thankfully not too much, though).

I made a quick trip to the local home improvement store and ended up in the plumbing section.  I came home with four galvanized pipes, each cut to 20" long and threaded on each end, and eight flanges...

After a few measurements and some drilling, here's the new look...



Beautiful, perfect.... and just the right size, 22" high (once the legs were screwed into the flanges and the table top screwed on).  The kids will be comfortable sitting or standing at the table coloring, building legos, setting-up train tracks, feeding babies, the list goes on... I love it, they love it!  We are one step closer to a finished playroom...


Tomorrow I'll give you the step-by-step on how to build your own kid-friendly table using a few things found in the plumbing aisle.

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