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Hacking the IKEA Lack: One Table, Ten Different Ways

updated Jun 5, 2019
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IKEA’s Lack table is a DIYer’s perfect canvas for unbridled creativity. At just $10, it’s easy to justify the expense. If the project doesn’t work out, it’s a minimal investment. And being constructed of hollow wood and paper, the Lack is easily customized. Check out 10 cool IKEA Lack hacks after the jump…

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• With the simple addition of brass corners, Jenny at Pearl Street Interiors gave her Lacks a campaign style.
• As seen on IKEA Hackers, Caroline removed the top of her LACK and replaced with the a vintage suitcase. Now she has a table and storage.
• Monica from Crafty Nest used bamboo veneer to create a flower applique on her Lacks.
• What do you get when you take two Lacks in different colors and smoosh them together? You get Modern Nest’s two-tone cube table!
• Kyle shared her Lack hack here on Apartment Therapy a couple years ago. She stacked two tables and added a butcher block top to create a kitchen island.

• Sherry and John at Young House Love added a tabletop from an old pedestal table to their Lack to create a game table.
• Via Instructables, this table was literally hacked apart. By cutting the top off the table, they were able to install a string of lights and a new frosted glass top to create a lighted table.
• Nicole at Sketch 42 used Mod Podge and Spra-Ment to attach marbled paper to her Lack.
• You don’t have to be a kid to think that Angry Julie Monday’s Lego table is totally awesome!
• MaryAnne showed off her Lack table turned ottoman over on ReNest.

Images: 1. The Falling Pixel; All others: As credited above.

Originally published 10.26.11 – JL