How to Make a Folding Sewing Table

Written by cheryl torrie
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Making a folding sewing table, with a large smooth working surface, that can be collapsed and stored easily when you're through sewing, helps you convert your sewing room into a guest room in minutes. This homemade sewing table has a durable surface that is smooth to protect your sewing projects from damage and grunge, and a metal frame that collapses to a slim profile that can be hidden away under a bed with ease. You can make your own folding sewing table for the cost of the table top, legs and a few other inexpensive items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sheet of 60- x 36-inch medium density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Clean dry cloth
  • Polyurethane
  • Paint tray
  • Foam roller brush
  • 2 folding table leg assemblies, with hardware
  • Pencil
  • 3/4-inch drill bit
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Stain the MDF sheet by brushing a light coat of wood stain onto the top surface, wait five minutes and them wipe the stain off with a clean dry cloth.

  2. 2

    Pour a small amount of polyurethane into a paint tray and dip a foam roller brush into it to use to apply three light coats of polyurethane to the tabletop. Allow the polyurethane to dry for 30 minutes between coats.

  3. 3

    Turn the tabletop over so that the unfinished side is up.

  4. 4

    Mark the folding table leg pre-drilled screw hole positions onto the bottom of the MDF with a pencil, 4 inches from the left and right sides.

  5. 5

    Remove the legs and drill pilot holes at the marked screw positions into the MDF with a 3/4-inch drill bit in a power drill.

  6. 6

    Reposition the legs and screw the leg assembly screws through the leg brackets into pilot holes and the MDF with a power drill.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase 36-inch folding table legs for standing at your sewing table or 27- to 29-inch legs for sitting.
  • MDF is the most cost-efficient sewing tabletop option and you can use a router to sculpt the edges if you prefer a finished look for your sewing room decor.

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