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Published on April 3rd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


just as versatile: the lack shelving unit

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this is the last leg of the lack marathon. today’s spotlight is on the lack shelving unit – a staple of ikea and a hacker favourite.

bed frame and storage
michael creates a bed ‘headboard’ cum storage from 2 lack shelving units.

he says, “this hack includes the assemblage of 2 lack shelving units, some plywood, stain, blots, and some sweat.
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i bought one lack shelving unit full price from ikea, and found the other for cheap in the returns/damaged department. one unit turned out to be slightly darker than the other one.

in order to frame the bed, i made measurements, and had plywood cut to make up for the difference in length of shelf unit versus bed. i chose a stain slightly darker than the darkest lack shelving unit, so that i have a progression of light to dark shades. i purchased the ikea puck lights and installed them on the bottom of the horizontal shelving unit for night reading. it is a very relaxing space, especially on a cold snowy day.”

a fan cooled media cabinet
ryan of AT’s created his own wall mounted floating tv cabinet. but he says, “the problem however, was that mounted on the wall and with the doors closed, the inside of the cabinet became extremely hot, not a good thing for all of my components. the solution? take this one step further and turn it into a fan cooled media cabinet.”

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click through for instructions on his fan cooled media cabinet.

the low down on a lack coffee table
tahira does a quick change around for the lack shelving unit – turning into a low and sleek coffee table instead.

she says, “with no room for it in my small flat i took a long hard look at it and realised i could turn it into a much needed coffee table for my low moroccan style sofa. no big deal to transform it… all i did was turn it on its side, take off the screws from the bottom and take off the long part and three middle shelves. you can even make another table from the bits left over!”

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related hacks:
- lack hacks series #1: same table, different styles (with a new hack added on 4/4/08!)
- lack hacks series #2: stuff you can do with lack shelves

More hacks on

stuff you can do with lack shelves
and this is how you should do a loft

The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to just as versatile: the lack shelving unit

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those LACK shelves can become anything . . . I made an awesome bed frame, directions are here . . .

  2. Neelofer Qadir says:

    How to you get the two book shelves to hook together? Did you use existing holes or drill through the wood?

    Any help you could offer would be great.



  3. Jules says:

    unicorn, liz, glad you are enjoying the themed posts. it was fun posting them too. :)

  4. yacoob says:

    Logically, you could conclude that you would prefer a bookshelf that has a high capacity and could be organized very efficiently. It can appear messy if there is no upkeep on the Shelving it became to overwhelming, this wall of books coming at you.

  5. Liz says:

    I really like the headboard. Beds should be cozy, and the overhang created by the top shelf gives the bed a nook to slide into. How long is your mattress? I wonder if the size would be appropriate for a standard queen mattress…

    I like the theme posts too!

  6. Unicorn says:

    I just wanted to say, because I haven’t noticed any comments yet saying this, that I am really, really enjoying your themed posts. I like seeing all the different ways people hack one product. —Lots of creativity and great ideas!!

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