Do you have a little one that loves arts and crafts? They will love to have their very own kids art desk as their special place to be creative. You will love that this art desk has storage so they can keep all their supplies put away neatly when not in use! It is great for toddlers and young kids to have their very own creative space to do art or homework and they will just love to have their own art desk for kids! This tutorial for a DIY Kids Art Desk With Storage was first shared by Ken Wingard on Home & Family, which airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. I was given permission to share it with you here.
DIY Art Desk For Kids Tutorial
With his kids going back to preschool, Ken Wingard was inspired to make each of them their own toddler art desk out of old cupboards. Little artists will love having an activity table and art center. This desk even provides storage areas with easy access to coloring books, watercolor paints, and other craft supplies.
For this kids’ art table DIY project you will need an old cabinet front and a drawer. You (or a neighbor) may have some from a remodel or you can often find them on Craigslist or Nextdoor being given away. You may also be able to pick up a cheap one at a local Rehabitat store or a Good Will Store. This is a great way to reuse those kitchen cupboards.
However, if you can’t find these from a recent remodel, you can always buy one for about $20 brand new. I found the below Full Size Door Sample for Kitchen Cabinets on Amazon and the great thing about this is it saves you the step of filling the hole where the drawer would have been.
Kids Art Table Materials:
- Cabinet front with door + drawer (perfect to use from remodels or order new)
- 1/4” plywood
- wood glue
- hammer and nails
- 4 wood furniture feet
- 4 table leg mounting plates
- Chalkboard paint (optional)
- paint brush
The art desk works for kids of all ages, from toddlers and up who have a creative streak and need a work station to express it. The drawer allows for depth in the desk where they can keep their supplies- parents will love this containment feature! This entire DIY will cost you about $37 if you can get find an old cupboard to reuse. Young artists are going to love having a dedicated art space so let’s get started!
How To Make A Kids Art Desk With Storage:
It is always a good idea to start DIY projects by clearing off a large work surface such as a table top. This provides the perfect place to be able to lay out your supplies and stay organized.
1) Unscrew front drawer panel from drawer (or Cut 1”x3” pine board) and use wood glue to attach that and cover the drawer hole in the cabinet front.
2) Use drawer as desk base (or assemble a wooden box base or attach equal size 1/4″ pre cut plywood)
3) Attach desk base to cabinet. You can use nails for attaching the cabinet to the drawer or wooden box base or wood glue for attaching it to the plywood.
The cabinet door will lift up to reveal storage space. The plywood base will only be big enough to hold paper and pencils. The drawer base will be big enough for art supplies.
4) Attach mounting plates to base and then screw in furniture feet.
7) Paint desk. Optional- use chalkboard paint to paint door so they can have extra fun with that feature.
It makes a great toddler art table. It also works great for older kids to use on the living room floor and do art while they hang out socially with each other. This DIY kids desk gives each child their own special space.
Toddler Art Desk Ideas
These instructions are abbreviated but you can watch this video to see all the details for how to make a kids art desk with storage. The video also mentions the option to give the cabinet door a chalkboard surface if you like. This DIY kids desk provides a dedicated place for doing homework and/or art and contains their artwork and desk supplies.
Alternatively, if you can’t find the cabinet front and drawer, you could use this premade cabinet below. Then you only need to add the furniture plates and legs to create a sturdy base. I can’t think of a more simple way to make a toddler art desk!
This children’s art desk features such a simple design. I love how easy it is to make. There is also plenty of space on top of the tables for use as a drawing board or a writing surface. This is a great toddler art table or you can use longer legs for older children. Do you think you will try making this art desk for kids? Would your children enjoy having their own space with plenty of storage for their craft projects?