15 Ways to Customize an IKEA Lack Table

15 Ways to Customize an IKEA Lack Table

Abby Stone
Apr 12, 2010

I've been looking at coffee tables. I'd like one that's low and white but I haven't been able to find one I like. Then I got an idea. Why not cut down the legs on Ikea's Lack table? We love these tables. They're colorful, utilitarian and inexpensive — we wondered what else we could do with them. Here are our ideas; add yours to our list!

In addition to the great project shown above from Craftzine, you could...


  • Push a couple together for a long or wide coffee table (3 side by side or 4 in a square). Choose all the same color or mix and match em.
  • Use wall decals to customize it.
  • Stencil it with your favorite quote.
  • Chalkboard paint makes it useful.
  • Use it in your landing strip: Top it with a square pillow, slip a basket underneath (try the one made for the Expedit) and use it keep your shoes tidy.
  • Upholster it. A little batting, a staple gun and a pretty piece of fabric.
  • Paint a checkerboard on top and you've got a place to play checkers or chess
  • Mirror it
  • Saw it in half and use it in the corner.
  • Saw down the legs and use it for a low coffee table.
  • Attach velcro along the side and skirt it. In a child's room, it becomes an instant puppet theatre; in a bedroom, against the wall, a mirror resting on it, it's a low vanity.
  • Cut a center hole to fit a plastic bucket and use it in a kid's room
  • Tile it to use it outside.
  • Mirror it.
  • A thin layer of cork makes it retro.
  • Cover it with leather. Add nailheads to make it old school

How would you use it?

(Iimage (and instructions on customizing your table with bamboo flowers): Craftzine)

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