Doubling the Capacity of IKEA LACK TV Shelving

Doubling the Capacity of IKEA LACK TV Shelving

Range Govindan
Aug 16, 2010

When it comes time to set up your entertainment center, sometimes it's hard to find one that will exactly suit your needs. This is why it's so convenient to hack your own out of existing furniture. Most times, it doesn't require much to make things work and if you've got an IKEA close by (as-is section, anyone?), then you've got a wealth of materials to use for a DIY solution.

Aemsidi from Germany didn't have enough room on his IKEA LACK TV Bench for his electronics, so he decided to add another shelving level into it. The addition basically doubles the shelving capacity for this simple and effective entertainment center. Plus, the end result looks really good, so here is how he went about it.

- 2×IKEA LACK TV benches
- Tools
- Wood glue

The main reason why he did this is because his subwoofer was colliding with his HDTV, the LACK TV Bench too low to accommodate the speaker. Instead of just putting the second LACK ontop of the first one, he cut off the legs to create a more streamlined appearance. This also cuts it down to size. He also cut down on assembly time by using sandpaper and wood glue. The second level was attached using the standard IKEA wood plugs that are provided with these LACK shelves.

All in all, it's a very straightforward DIY modification that nicely added shelving capacity without the need to purchase a whole new storage system. Another good idea would be to integrate some IKEA DIODER LED strips into the back of these shelves, providing additional illumination and ambient lighting.

[via Ikeahacker, photos by Aesmidi]

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