Before & After: IKEA LACK Side Table Ottoman

At $7.99 the LACK table from IKEA is a popular purchase. Supremely simple in design, this piece looks great in the living room or even as a minimalist beside table. Alas, like all things, the surface inevitably shows signs of wear—and there is only so many times you’ll want to reposition a potted plant or stack of books to strategically cover up scuffs or stains. It’s good to know that there is light at the end of tunnel when its life as a table begins to look LACK luster!

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At Re-nest we love when something can be repurposed in a stylish manner. With a little reupholstering magic the LACK side table is transformed into a multi-functioning design that is especially useful in small spaces. You can still use the piece as a table - just grab great tray and you’re good to go. And when company arrives you can switch to seating mode without over crowding an already tight space.

Ok, so IKEA's website specs inform us that the max load for this structure is 25kg, but given that people are not permanent fixtures I think there is quite a bit of wiggle room here. Just remember that as with most furniture, it's best not to plop down dead weight on this re-worked wonder!

(Image: MaryAnne Petrella)