Make Your Own Sensory Table On The CHEAP!

It started with a post on Ikea Hackers.

After picking up my jaw over the prices of standing sensory tables I went on a hunt for a DIY version of a sensory table.

Okay. So this one isn’t as grand as the ones with the $200.00 price tags.

But when form runs you more than a week’s worth of groceries, function becomes more and more appealing.

The 24 year old and I made a trip to Ikea and picked up this Rast shelving.

It was kinda eerie how well my 24 year old knew her way around Ikea.  All I could wonder was, “When does this store END?”



Can I get an Amen!

Because we will use this for water activities too, I wanted to put a protective coat on it. So we grabbed a can of Ikea’s lineseed oil stuff. A couple of coats thrown on after we got home. It smelled so bad that I to leave it out in the garage for almost a week to air out.

Next time I’d just grab a can of spray polyacrylic.


The beauty of Ikea is that you can assemble your own furniture with just this little thingie.


For the actual sensory tub I grabbed a Slugis container. Because these were on closeout at my Ikea I picked up two….just in case.

$5.00 each.


These are the PERFECT size.



A sensory table for $20.00. Well, and about .50 cents worth of a really stinky waterproof coating.

Okay. And tax.

And the gas money to drive to Ikea.

And the cost of  the chocolate bars I wound up buying too. (Ikea has CHOCOLATE!)  Have I mentioned I’ve been stressed out of my mind over this cath tomorrow?

But, you get my point.

I didn’t do any of the fancy painting that is shown over on Ikea Hackers. Cause I’ve been lazy like that lately.

And reeeeallly stressed.

Did I mention that Ikea has Chocolate?

So, what have you made lately to help your kid learn?

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Another blog just turned me on to IKEA hackers the other day, too – what a fantastic site! Love your sensory table – you did a great job! :-)

  2. Great idea! I love it! I might have to do this! And IKEA has the BEST cinnamon rolls!

  3. Stacy says:

    Great table! I’ve also seen people make sensory tables out of PVC piping and a Rubbermaid tub. The ones I’ve seen are a bit taller but set up so you can roll up to it with a wheelchair.

  4. Hello! I know that I am late and may not get a response, but I have a question: How do you get the tub attached to the shelf? I am making this for my 2 yr old daughter as a Christmas present, and am stuck! Thanks!

    • Tammy and Parker says:


      I just found your comment! The set I purchased at Ikea was just that……a set. The tub fit perfectly on the wooden part. You could glue the two together though if you wanted to.

      Sorry it took me so long to reply!

  5. awesome!


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