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Published on October 31st, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Extra large low coffee table

This is from Ran, who wanted a big, low coffee table, but couldn’t find one that fitted the two requirements. So he hacks one from Lack shelves. I love the size and the white strip. It would work great with Capita legs too.

He says, “I thought about using a desk surface and adjustable feet, but finally I had the idea of using the Lack shelves – they are cheaper and come in better colors.

I made this from the Lack shelving. I used five shelves as the surface and the wall mounts were used as legs. The small white foamy things at the bottom are also from Ikea – I don’t remember their name though.

It isn’t a very clean hack – I could have done a better job with putting the surface together, but I just used two pieces of scrap wood I found in the trash outside my apartment and some wood glue, and used about three different kinds of screws for the mounts cause I didn’t have enough of any one kind. It’s short enough that you can never see the bottom unless you crawl under it, so it doesn’t matter.

The final result is quite nice though – it’s fairly stable and quite cheap considering how big it is. While it’s not as wide as some coffee tables I saw, it’s much deeper and that’s harder to come by. Since the Lack shelves come in many colors (at least in Israel they do), there are a lot of variations you can make with this setup.”

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19 Responses to Extra large low coffee table

  1. Vyoma says:

    What amazes me more is that IKEA or any other furniture store has not come up with good large low coffee tables yet


  2. Vyoma says:


    I have spent a great deal of time in looking for the right table but something or the other would not meet my requirement and I decided to get some planks or stuff and do it on my own when I came across this.

    good stuff dude! Congratulations :)

  3. Tony says:

    Musky: I think he wanted it this low on purpose. He probably uses sitting pillow or mats around this, not chairs. He explained this in the post.

    I congratulate you on this, Ran. This was like something I’d conjure up – find some panels in the trash instead of buying something in the store.

  4. quiltmaster says:

    Next time, cut a piece of mdf two inches smaller all around than your table. Center it on the back of the shelves then glue/screw the shelves to that support. With the one piece base, it will be much more stable. Plus mdf takes paint wonderfully and you can paint it to match the table color or the legs as you choose (I’d do black). By having the base shorter all around, the edges of the mdf won’t show.

  5. Michele says:

    Nice hack – looks like something you would see in an upscale contemporary furniture shop.

  6. ruky says:

    i would opt out for this as i think it would be inconvenient for me to sit down for a cup of coffee. i prefer to sit on a chair comfortably enjoying the coffee.

  7. anime says:

    this is simple yet awesome.

  8. Anonymous says:

    i want to make a small “behind the couch” table from a lack shelf….anyone tried this?

    using the 6′ long lack wall shelf…itd be sandwiched between the mall and couch, how would one do the legs?

  9. ilan says:

    smart and simple. way to go Ran!

  10. Ran says:

    This is my table, thanks!

    I should note that it is in fact Red with a white stripe – I guess the real color got washed out in the photo. And the legs are indeed the mounting brackets that come with the shelves.

    I’ve had it for a few months now, I must say that the original design with the very low quality wood and legs made from brackets doesn’t work as well as I expected it too. It can hold anything you put on it, it’s just not very stable when moving it.

    Sometime in the future I plan on redoing it on a bigger strip of wood with better legs – having so many obstacles underneath it makes cleaning a real hassle.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ahavti :-)

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is a good hack because not everyone has access to fancy tools. This shows that anyone can hack.

  13. geld lenen says:

    I’m really liking that table. It’s kinda designy.

  14. The French Dude says:

    Yes !
    Using the brackets as feet is very smart, congratulations !

    The felt parts are named PRAKTISK, good idea to use them too.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I do not think those are Capita legs. I think those are the actual shelf brackets being used as legs. Great way to use everything that comes with the shelves.

  16. Anonymous says:

    dear “anonymous” at 9:21AM
    If you think ikea is so ugly why are you on this blog?

    I think it looks great! I love the white stripe and bright orange! (I don’t think we have orange lack shelves here in the states, but this makes me wish we did!)

  17. Anonymous says:

    combining ugliness of ikea with terrible wood craftsmanship

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