DIY Sensory Table

Because... We play to learn.
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When our son was learning how to walk, Hubs built him baby pull up bars out of PVC pipes and fittings. He only used it for a few months before he began getting up on his own. Since I always need a new project, I had to find a new use for all of that PVC.

So, we moved it outside and converted it to this sand and water table base. If you follow the #TeachMamaBear segment of this blog, you already know our DIY sand and water table consists of a few of these underbed 28 qt. storage bins.

Since he plays with the sand and water table almost daily it started sagging, so we're going to reuse these pieces, yet again, to make a sturdier frame.


This table can be completely customized to your child's height and the size of your bin. This tutorial is for a Sterlite 28 qt under bed storage bin. If you are using a different size, simply measure the length (under the lip of the bin) and width of the storage container and adjust the measurements of the PVC accordingly.

Also make sure all of your PVC pipes and fittings are smooth on the inside. Threaded pipes and fittings are more difficult to work with and are unneccessary for this project.


  • Underbed 28 Qt. Storage Box
  • 20 feet of 3/4 inch PVC pipe (if you're using a larger bin you may need more)
    • 2 - 21" pieces (length of the base)
    • 4 - 10" pieces (length of the top)
    • 4 - 18" pieces (height)
    • 5 - 14" pieces (width)
    • 2 - 3 1/4" pieces (depth)
  • 8 - 1/2" 3-way Elbows
  • 2 - 1/2" 90 Elbows
  • 2 - 1/2" T Elbows
  • Measuring Tape
  • PVC Cutters or Saw
  • Marker
  • Spray Paint (optional)


Cut your pieces to the sizes above, or your custom measurements, then spray paint them. I used Rustoleum's Metallic Aluminum for the poles and an off brand black gloss spray paint we already had for the joints. (You'll see why I should have got Rustoleum's Black pray paint in the upcoming pictures.) Allow the paint to dry.


Connect 2-10 inch pieces with one of the T Elbows. Repeat this step. Attach a 3-way Ebow to each of the ends.
Using a 14" piece, connect the 2 sides together to complete the rectangle.


Attach a 90 Elbow to each end of a 14" piece, then insert a 3.5" piece into the remaining holes. Mount the 3.5" piece into each of the T Elbows.


Insert the 4 - 18" pieces into the 3-way elbows.


Attach a 3-way Elbow to each end of a 21" piece. Repeat this step. Connect the 2 sides together with the 14" pieces. Mount the base onto the legs.

Since our DIY sand and water table has a permanent place outside, I chose to secure the pieces by hammering the 3-way Elbows on each of the sides. IF YOU PREFER TO TAKE IT APART FOR STORAGE, SKIP THIS STEP.

We've had our DIY Sand and Water Table since this Spring and so far it has several rain showers, the Texas summer and Hurricane Harvey. Not bad for $30... Don't forget to pin this post, then check out how I turned the bin top into a DIY Car & Train Table.

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