Published on September 3rd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


The skinny Lack wall shelf

Rick wanted a floating shelf for his front hall and here’s what he did with the Lack.

He says, “I wanted a floating shelf for my front hall but needed something pretty shallow since it’s a fairly small space. The Lack wall shelf has that nice mounting hardware for making easy installation … ah but it needed hacking.

I purchased the small Lack shelf (that’s 43 /14 wide x 10 1/4 deep) and went to Home Depot and had them cut the depth to 5 inches for $5.00 (I don’t own a table saw). Then I got some pine and with a jigsaw, cut the curved side pieces and front lip to give a thicker look. I then veneered it all with mahogany which was applied with contact cement.”

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17 Responses to The skinny Lack wall shelf

  1. Anonymous says:

    Like the lamp – available in stores?

  2. Anonymous says:

    anyone know where I can buy this veneer

  3. Anonymous says:

    Would you be open to selling it?….my wife wants to buy all sorts of shelves for our cat (Frankie) to play on….no big deal….got all my money tied up in cat shelves

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi mudgod

    I just mounted it with the Ikea Lack hardware. Nothing else was used. There isn’t a metal plate there. Maybe it’s a shadow that’s giving it that look.

    Hope this helps.

  6. MudGod says:

    How’d you mount it? Did you simply slice the included mounting hardware as well or used something else to mount it – looking at the bottom side of one of the picture it looks like there’s a large metal plate?

  7. Helpful to manage small space !!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen it in person – the attention to flawlwessness is impeccable!

  9. MT-U says:

    nice post on nice blog. success

  10. pammyfay says:

    Looks really sleek–nice job!
    (I’d also like to know more about that interesting art mounting above the shelf, even tho it’s probably not an ikea hack job!)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Very stylish! Two thumbs up!!!

  12. Sarah says:

    That hack is flawless :)

  13. Kurt says:

    VERY nicely done! I’m going to give this a try on mine. :-)

  14. wins says:

    Nice Post…….

  15. Inga says:

    Very nice!! Wish I had thought about this myself!!! Very jealous :)

  16. 337 says:

    looks great…but, um, hate to be a hater, but it’s got a line voltage cord going through the wall (assuming that’s the transformer mounted under the shelf). Depending on where you’re at in the U.S., that’s not installed per the electrical code.

    Not a huge deal but if the cord shorts and starts a fire in your wall, your insurance probably won’t cover the damage due to the improper installation.

    of course, if the transformer is on the other side of the wall, no prob, as the cable then becomes low-voltage which follows a different set of regs.

    but man, nice work with the veneer.

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