15 Ways to Customize an IKEA Lack Table

15 Ways to Customize an IKEA Lack Table

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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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