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|Posted: 9/3/2013 7:28:46 AM|OK, so I am in need of a scrapbook table which will double as my homework space for grad school but mostly right now grad school. When that is over just scrapbook table. I love to have my "scrap stuff" around me, LOL...
I was thinking of making a custom one but am unsure.
Peas, what qualities do you look for in a scrapbook table, what do you use. Photos would be nice.
Did you make yours or buy? Do you just use a regular table?
Thanks in advance peas.....yall are all wise.
|Posted: 9/3/2013 7:57:59 AM|
I purchased an inexpensive dining table at IKEA. That wasy when I ruin the surface, no big deal.
I do have a large self-healing mat I purchased in the sewing department at J's to protect it.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:07:44 AM|I got the Secretary desk at Ikea, and added the hutch. It lets me store a variety of my supplies and tools. It is tall and not particularly deep, although the shelves under the writing surface are 15 inches deep and hold scrapping papers very comfortably. The hutch above is not deep enough for 12x12 papers, but will hold a lot of tools and other supplies. There are also openings for cords, so I can use a laptop and/or an electronic cutter there, too. Here is a link so you can see what it looks like:
Ikea Secretary with Hutch added
It takes up less room than a table. In my small home, space is a premium, and this gives me the benefit of a table or desk for scrapping on, but storage as well, using a minimum amount of space.
If you aren't familiar with what a Secretary is, that middle horizontal "door" opens down and outward to became a table for writing on. When done, you can close it back up and hide all the crafty mess, and no one sees a thing other than a nice looking cabinet. It's a desk and cabinet combined.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:15:18 AM|This is mine and I LOVE it!
They do go on sale because we got mine for under $300.
|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:39:13 AM|I am using a dining table It works great for me because it is larger than a regular desk. I have space where I work and items that I use alot are with arms reach. I also have my sewing machine and a pile of in process or need to put away.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:48:20 AM|
I use a kitchen island butcher block top from IKEA with just boring legs, but I added a bar top to give me space to put stuff off the work surface. I like that it is big, easy to clean and cheap! I pent have to worry about staining it or damaging it.
That said, I would love the project table from Costco for the under storage.
Loc: Chesterton Indiana
|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:49:18 AM|
My dad is making mine. I designed it and he is building it. When it is done I will post pictures. It is similar to 2 expedite units with a table top. It is yellow and I cannot wait.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:49:41 AM|
My mom uses a smooth door she got from IKEA with wooden sawhorses ( they are pretty) also from IKEA so it looks just like a white version of the TArget one linked.
Loc: Morgantown, KY
|Posted: 9/3/2013 8:58:22 AM|
I second the Trestle table from Target. i bought it in white and bought the matching chair and shelf. I love it! It would totally be good for a homework table.
I waited for a sale and I think I got free shipping too!
|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:01:50 AM|I had been using a 3x5 farm style dining table, and we took the top off of that and put it on top of 2 of the ClosetMaid Cube Organizers . I wanted a counter height work surface since I've discovered I like to stand while working. All the extra storage in the cubbies and having things close at hand has been great!
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:31:45 AM|Mine is from Ikea, I purchased the glass top with the words love in every language etched in the glass which sits on the wooden sawhorse legs. I absolutely LOVE IT. It's PICTURED HEREon the last two photos.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:38:49 AM|I have had a Scrap 'n Cube for 7 years or so. Can't remember anymore. It still looks brand new, is completely customizable and changeable. Mine has been moved 3 times, and each time I can change it for my new space perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend it. It will be passed down through the generations because it is a beautiful piece. My girls already have "dibs" on certain pieces. You can find them at scrapncube.com.
Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:39:01 AM|
Mine is just a $49 Vikka Ammon table top from Ikea here in Canada and a $29 Vikka Ammon table top with pink legs in Florida.....Works for me cause I have the alex drawers nearby and the Expedits too....
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:54:37 AM|Mine is and old wood tanker style desk like this one.
I got it at Habitat for Humanity for $10. I use it for both work and play.
Sugar Snap Pea
|Posted: 9/3/2013 10:06:59 AM|
I am looking for one now. Since mine will be in the middle of the room, I want something that looks good from all sides. I was thinking of a farmhouse table, because I like the turned legs, but I think instead I will go with a writing desk in a farmhouse style so that I have just a couple of drawers across the front for storage.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 10:32:08 AM|
Mine is the Pottery Barn knock-off from Pier 1 but as much as I love it, style & storage, the top surface is much too small for me liking.
I have been admiring those door & book shelves creations from Pinterest for several years now. I suppose my only bonus is mine is a heavy top whereas my SIL's she built with the hollow door is more delicate.
|Posted: 9/3/2013 10:36:06 AM|I used JetMax cubes and a hollow core door painted white for mine. I love that it has tons of storage, along with lots of table space.
There are a couple of pics in my gallery: Scrap Room
|Posted: 9/3/2013 11:43:15 AM| This is my dream table .
I believe it's 4 bookshelves & 2 doors. I don't have it, but someday . . .
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 11:50:37 AM|Mine is two 2x2 white Expedits with a custom table top built by my neighbor. There's a link to it on the right sidebar on my blog.
|Posted: 9/3/2013 12:55:24 PM|
I got a great deal on my table and I LOVE it! It is a counter height dining room table. A 3 shelf bookcase fits perfectly under the sides, and my rolling cart rolls right underneath when I'm not using it. I got it free, through Freecycle. The gal who had it got rid of it because the movers scratched the top up really bad - which is perfect for me because now I can cut it, paint it, stain it, whatever. I usually stand when I scrap, so counter height was a must, but when I want to sit, a bar stool is the perfect height (and it doesn't take up much room).
Loc: the Colonial Capital VA
|Posted: 9/3/2013 3:40:22 PM|
I have an Ikea Galant corner desk with a birch top and grey steel legs. I have had it for about 10 years and the surface is in great condition...paint wipes off pretty easily. The best thing about it (for me) is that the height is adjustable. I tend to stand when I scrap! I liked it so much that we bought a second desk (off of Craigslist) so I now have a U-shaped work area. The corner desk is pretty big but it also comes as a straight desk. There are also extensions and two different kinds of legs.
Loc: SAN ANTONIO
|Posted: 9/3/2013 4:36:22 PM|I've had expensive furniture, desks.
And when it comes down to it i use and enjoy more that which i didn't spend much on. It jut works out that way.
I just recently got rid off my wooden antique looking desk and bought a wooden kitchen table and painted it.
I love it! An I enjoy also having coffee with my hubby there sometimes. Since it is big and we like to hang out in the office.
I have a picture of it on my gallery if u want to see it. There's a picture of my scrap space.
|Posted: 9/3/2013 5:15:32 PM|
I love my Pottery Barn project table.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 5:29:09 PM|
I love, love my project table from Costco! It's perfect for a standing scrapper like me.
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|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:23:22 PM|
I have the Madison Trestle from Target too. I love it!
|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:31:02 PM|My husband made me one from 2 bookshelves and some wood purchased from Lowe's. It looks like the Pottery Barn craft table everyone loves. Except I had him leave the table top as it was (except a clear coat for protection). It's my FAVORITE, and was sooo inexensive, compared to the Pottery Barn one. I am a stand up scrapper though, so might not work for sitting to study/write. But a bar stool would work
|Posted: 9/3/2013 9:47:47 PM|
I have had an Ikea Gateleg table for about 7 years now and I love it so much. It can fold up super small or half size and seat 4 people when open fully. Plus it has 6 drawers for storage. I don't think I'll ever get rid of it, it is my favorite and perfect for scrapping!
Loc: Wiesbaden, Germany
|Posted: 9/4/2013 3:21:26 AM|I have two desks, both from Ikea. Both have the same legs, but I have stainless steel for my scrap table and butcher block for my sewing table. I was worried that the cheaper table tops that are made of painted or laminated particle board would get stained with inks and paints, so I went with the stainless steel. I LOVE it. I use a self heeling mat under my work space, but really everything comes off this table pretty easily.
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Loc: Beautiful South Orange County, CA
|Posted: 9/4/2013 9:47:43 AM|
Project table from Costco. Love it! My dream table was the Pottery Barn Project table. The next would have been the Target Trestle desk.
|Posted: 9/4/2013 2:28:56 PM|
I'm getting the Braden desk on sale from Target. It's replacing a plastic table, so it's got to be better than that. For $239, it better be worth it! (No IKEA in this area, unfortunately.)
|Posted: 9/5/2013 12:07:44 PM|
I really wanted the one from Costco but cant find it anywhere!!! Has anyone seen it recently??? Might just end up with the one from Target if I cant find a Costco that carries the workstation table! Wish I had just bought it when I saw it!!
|Posted: 9/5/2013 3:31:30 PM|I bought my desk from Ikea way back in 1998. It is called "Effektiv" and was from their office furniture line. Like the current Galant desk series it was offered in many different modular pieces, so I was able to make it fit my room and my needs perfectly.
I made it big! I have a u-shaped center where I sit with my computer. To the left of me I have a long rectangle desk. To the right of me is another long rectangle with a slight curve in it. Added to the end of that one is a half circle.
3 people can sit at my desk comfortably, but I made it this big because I tend to spread out when I am creating. Although for 6 years it did work out just fine when I was homeschooling DS and we'd both sit at my desk.
I still my desk even though it's been 15 years since I bought it. It's in a beech finish and everything comes off this desk, even ink with a Clorox wipe. I'd post a photo but I don't know how, and anyway Ikea doesn't sell it any more. They do sell the Galant desk and it does have extra modular pieces that you can add to it.
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|Posted: 9/5/2013 3:45:02 PM|
I too have a ikea table top
Loc: Evansville, IN
|Posted: 9/5/2013 5:37:17 PM|
Since I am a wheelchair user I have a hard time finding furniture that fits my needs. My previous scrap table was a 2' x 4' plastic top table from Office Depot. By the time I put a radio, lamp, mug for pencils, and corkboard for notes on that table I didn't have much room for actual scrapping. It was always covered and I couldn't find anything. I tend to put things in piles when I work. And with always hitting my knees on the table braces it just wasn't working.
So about a year ago I started looking for a table that would work for me. We have no Ikea, Costco, or Pottery Barn locally and I didn't like what I was finding. There were features from several tables that I liked and ended up designing my own.
My scrap table is 54" long, 24" wide, and 30.5" high. I had enough room under the table yet above my knees that I could put in three shallow drawers. Two drawers are about 14' wide and the middle is 8' wide. One drawer has my trimmers and rulers. The middle drawer has markers, pencils, and paper for notes. The third drawer houses some of my pages in progress and Pazzles mat. I use the Cropper Hopper paper file to store pages in progress in.
Since I can't stand I knew that I wouldn't be able to go vertical to store stuff, but I wanted someplace that I could put small items out of the way. So I also designed two boxes about 8" square with drawers. These boxes sit at each end of the desk and have an 8" shelf across the top of them. Perfect for putting the radio, mug, lamp, and corkboard, and leaving lots of room to scrap.
To the right of my table is the first piece of furniture I designed - a secretary. It is now filled with most of my scrappy supplies.The things that I use most often are within easy reach with my current setup. Items that I don't use as often are withing a couple of feet of my table. I can put things away quickly and use the desk for something else if I need to. I did get a piece of plexiglass to fit the top of my table and not have to worry about damaging it. And since the boxes and shelf are not attached to the table the table can be used for something else in the future.
Look at what is available. Make note of features you like. Put some thought into it. If you can't find something you like, design your own. I love my table. Sorry, no pictures. Haven't been able to download to my computer recently.
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|Posted: 9/5/2013 7:37:54 PM|
I love a big square table with a pedestal. You can spread out, have people scrap with you, and have different projects going in the space.
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|Posted: 9/5/2013 8:30:14 PM|
Several years ago, the month before it was discontinued, I purchased the Bryce Project Table at a Pottery Barn Outlet. The 36" tall table has a large work surface, two full-length drawers, & a shelf. It's ideal for me as a standing scrapper.
If you like the popular Pottery Barn Bedford Project Table, you can recreate it inexpensively. Either make or purchase two cube-style bookcases (e.g. 2x2 Ikea Expedit, JetMax cubes, Target) & top with a hollow door without knob hole, plywood cut-to-order & stained, or pre-made counter (e.g. Lowe's, Home Depot). This desk would allow you to store books/notebooks/binders in the cubes now & replace with paper holders/albums/etc. in the future.
An alternative is to replace the cube-style bookcases/supports with drawer units (e.g. Ikea Alex with casters, hanging files cabinets). You could organize school supplies/notes now & frequently-used scrapbooking tools & even 12x12" papers/scraps later.
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|Posted: 9/5/2013 10:28:41 PM|
mine is huge and in the middle of the room. I saw the set up at IKEA. It is a large piece of wooden butcher block that covers three cabinets/book shelves in a U shape. It is tall because I like to stand when I work.
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 12:06:26 AM|
I scored on a vintage desk that I plan to use like you will. I too am a full time college student and needed a desk big enough for both purposes
Loc: Dayton, Ohio
|Posted: 9/6/2013 6:29:38 AM|IKEA for me too
I bought two of the Linnmon/Ullrik combos last weekend. Currently putting them together and will have them back-to-back in my craftroom. That gives me plenty of workspace on one desk and space for my die-cut machines on the other (or space for a friend to be crafty).
The white/birch combo goes with my existing furniture...mainly from IKEA too!
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2) Complete 52 projects (maybe even blog about them): 2/52
3) Six month spending freeze (Jan-Jun) except for adhesive, photo developing, and LSS kits
4) Complete Christmas cards by end of summer so I'll have time to send them out!
5) Began process of scanning and archiving pre-digital family photos
6) Get craft room organized!
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|Posted: 9/6/2013 7:13:05 AM|I have a relatively inexpensive desk with hutch by sauder (you know the "build it yourself" kit type of furniture) and a resin folding table. I didn't want furniture I'd feel bad about marring if I got paint, ink or other marks on it. The desk has a distressed finish so any more distressing I do will blend in my desk
Loc: Over by the shredder, of course.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 9:35:53 AM|
I'm going to Ikea Sunday to pick up the Ingatorp expandable dining table. I love that I can make it larger if needed. Sorry I can't post a link right now.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 12:37:26 PM|
I am using what we originally purchased to be our computer table over 10 years ago. It's nothing special but what I really like about it is that it has a pull out keyboard tray/drawer that creates a great extra work surface. I have a large cutting mat that covers most of the table top but then I keep extra tools on the keyboard tray for easy access/use. I change out the tools depending on what I seem to be using most at the moment. Right now I've been doing a lot of stamping so in the keyboard tray I have my small paper trimmer, big scissors, mouse pad that I stamp on and acrylic blocks, etc. So I work on my page on the table top but if I need to trim something down or if I want to stamp something I just roll my chair back, pull out the keyboard tray and I have every thing I need right there. When I'm done I just slide the drawer back in and roll my chair back and I'm ready to move on. Saves a lot of getting out and putting back of frequently used stuff.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 1:06:53 PM|Mine is 2 expedits with a galant table top and is very similar to the Pottery barn craft table. I did add 4 inch feet to the expedits. It is the perfect height for someone who likes to switch between standing and sitting. At my husbands insistance, I got a good drafting chair with good support, so it works even if I am at it working on my computer or writing. I love it. Here is a link to pictures of the desk.
|Posted: 9/6/2013 3:53:57 PM|I have a drafting table because I'm a stand up scrapper and it has a huge top so I can have tons of supplies on it and the drawers are very long and spacious
Loc: San Jose, CA
|Posted: 9/6/2013 4:40:01 PM|
I have the cheap top and legs from Ikea. I've had my main desk for almost 2 years now and it's beat up. I don't use a self healing mat or anything. I know when we move next spring these will make it to Goodwill (I've expanded and have 2 more cheap tops to make an L desk that are in good condition) and I'll get new ones depending on the size of my new space.
|Posted: 9/7/2013 4:38:55 PM|I am currently using a corner work station - 3 pieces that connect -- from OfficeMax. I have had it for over 10 years. I'm talking to a local furniture maker about making a trestle farm table -- several stores sell these (Anthro, World Market, Restoration Hardware)-- to use for a scrap table. My scraproom has taken a vintage turn, and the modern corner work station does not fit in.
Adding: Just checked and I posted a photo of my corner work station to my gallery - in 2004. We are in a different house now, but same scrap table
|Posted: 9/13/2013 4:07:37 AM|
I love the Madison Desk from Target! I got it online 5 years and put a glass top so the wood doesnt get damage! I use it to scrapbook and to study/homework...
|Posted: 9/13/2013 6:56:19 AM|
I have a square bar height table with a leaf. I wanted to scrap standing up. I found it at the clearance center of a furniture store. It is huge & solid wood and I love it.
Before that I used a hand-me-down handmade kitchen table for years and years. Now my husband uses it in ManTown for studying.
Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 9/13/2013 8:27:28 AM|
i dont have a photo but my bf gave me the costco long table so far so good
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|Posted: 9/13/2013 8:32:01 AM|
I have a drafting table, it goes up and down tilts love it large enough