Eli prefers playing with toys when they are at waist level. (I guess most adults prefer doing their tasks at waist level, too.) Trains and cars are much more fun for him when they are on a waist-high table such as a table designed for child’s play.
But those tables are pricey! No way am I going to spend $100 or more on a table he will either destroy or outgrow–or both. Fortunately, IKEA offers a great alternative, although I’m not sure they know about it.
If you’re looking for a way to make a table for your kiddo’s play without construction skills or much expense, here it is: buy four end tables from IKEA, attach the legs, and set the tables together in a square. That’s it!
The entire table cost about $20, plus the $5 I spent on the train track rug at a garage sale. And it took less than 15 minutes to put together.
And he loves it! He plays on it constantly. Trains, trucks, planes…everything is more fun on this table!
By the way, you can skip the expensive under-table storage devices, too. IKEA also sells square, clear plastic tubs with wheels on them and optional lids. They are the perfect size to fit under each end table that makes up the train table.
We did not attach the end tables to each other, which does make the table a bit likely to separate when a certain little boy plows into it. But it also means that it is easy to separate and stack for storage.