How To Make a Sewing Machine Dining Table

How To Make a Sewing Machine Dining Table

Meg Lewis
Oct 5, 2010

This has certainly been my favorite DIY project for under $75. I wanted to create a unique dining table for our odd sized kitchen. I decided to pair the vintage Singer sewing machine base with a modern top and chairs — it's an extremely easy project for a fantastically low price.

Buying an entire dining set for under $75 is nearly impossible. I like this DIY because it is completely mix and match. Try a different tabletop or keep it retro with vintage chairs. With the help of Craigslist and a great sale at Target, I put everything together for nearly half the price I had expected to pay. The best part is how easy this DIY table is!


  • Singer (or other brand) sewing machine table base

  • Table top from IKEA

  • 2 chairs of your choice


Step 1: (Image 2, above)
Grab a tabletop of any size from IKEA. We chose a longer, narrow tabletop to match our space. Ours only set us back $20. The IKEA wood isn't strong enough to hold your screws if you pre-drill. Make sure to not pre-drill any holes in your tabletop.

Step 2: (Image 3, above)
Find an antique cast iron sewing table base. We found ours on Craigslist for only $15. If you don't have luck on Craigslist, try scouring estate sales or thrift stores to find an equally low price.

Step 3: (Image 4, above)
Measure and match the bottom of the board to the top of the base. Luckily, these bases were pre-made with holes to accommodate tabletops. You should need a fairly hefty screw to compensate for the weight of the base. Make sure to not get a screw longer than your tabletop is thick!

Step 4: (Image 5, above)
Drill screws through the table base into the tabletop. Don't forget to use a washer for more security. When you move your table to its permanent location, make sure to pick it up from the base. Since the base is cast iron, a cheap IKEA tabletop will not be able to carry the weight of the base alone.

Step 5:
Enjoy your new table! We decided to pair our table with modern chairs from Target. We sprung on a set that was $35 for two. (sale in stores only)

Images: Meg Lewis

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