I have been wanting a new cutting table or a long time. For awhile I was using one of those tall, white fold-able craft tables from Jo Ann Fabrics. You know, the really wobbly ones that have wheels on the legs that you have to put a piece of folded paper or cardboard under to keep it from teetering as you cut fabric with a super sharp razor blade? Yeah. That.
Then I started using a small dining table. It was pretty ugly and way too low to the ground to be comfortable cutting for extended periods of time.
I found some bookshelves at Shopko on sale for $25 each (score!!!!). They have 3 shelves on them and are 36" high. I bought two of them, along with 12 small tupperware bins. The shelves serve as the legs for my new cutting table, and double as storage. I didn't have an idea for a table top until I brought home the shelves. I was moving things around in my room trying to make space for my new cutting table. As I was moving the old white craft table, I realized that I could just unscrew the wobbly legs from the top and just use that! It was a little too big so I took one of the fold-able sides off and it was perfect. My cutting mat fits on top with some leftover room to store my bolt of fusible fleece.
I built the shelves with the help of my 11 year old daughter. Including the time it took to sort through all of my scraps, this was a project that was about 2 hours from start to finish. It was inexpensive, saves my back from hunching over while cutting, and it looks pretty! It is so simple, I would encourage anyone who hates their current cutting space to give this a try.