Children grow so quickly and finding furniture that will grow with them can be difficult. Fortunately, you can convert an old table into a table that can change in height as they grow relatively easily. The following guide walks you through transforming a small table into a convertible table that can be raised or lowered as needed.
Find a Table
The first thing you need to do is find a table that has a top that is right size for your child. The tabletop needs to be in good condition because you do not want to have to do too much work to it.
Remove the Legs
Flip the table upside down so that the legs are facing the sky and the tabletop is on the ground. There will be screws that are holding the legs to the tabletop so you need to remove them first. Next, the legs will have wood glue securing them to the top as well, so you may need to kick them or hit them with a hammer on one side to loosen the grip of the glue before being able to pull them off of the tabletop.
Get Your Leg Creating Supplies
Next, go to a plumbing supply store like Kelly's Pipe & Supply Company and buy four pipes that are roughly a foot in length, eight pipes that are half a foot in length, four pipe flanges, and four rubber pipe caps that fit over the end of the pipes.
Attach the Flanges
While the table is flipped upside down, use screws and a screwdriver to attach one of the pipe flanges to each corner of the table where the original legs were attached to the tabletop.
Attach the Legs
The pipes will have a threaded end that will screw directly into the flanges that you secured to the tabletop. Be sure to start with the foot long pieces of pipe first. Flip the table over, see if it is tall enough for your child or if another piece of pipe needs to be added to each leg to make it a little bit taller. Flip the table back over and keep adding pieces of pipe to each leg until it is the right height for your child.
Cap the Pipe Ends
When the table reaches the right height, place the rubber caps on the end of the pipes. The caps will keep the pipes from scratching your floor when the table is moved across it.
As your child ages, the extra half foot long pipes you have can easily be screwed into the bottom of the legs to make the table taller. This allows you to always have a table that is the perfect height for your child.