shelves BRODER-LACK+Freestanding+Shelving

Published on March 18th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Broder-Lack Freestanding Shelving

Here’s another one from Florence, who also gave us the multi-tiered charging station.

She says, “We needed a shelving solution and love the look of the Lack shelves but we couldn’t attach the shelves to the wall. We combined the Broder L-foot brace, Posts and Brackets and Lack wall shelves to create a freestanding shelving system.

The width of the Broder system was adjusted to accommodate the 43 1/4″ Lack shelves which were then attached to the 10 3/4″ Broder brackets with screws. Four of the longer 74 3/4″ Lack shelves extend beyond the Broder frame to add visual interest. The longer shelves are evenly distributed and no heavy objects will be placed on the extensions. The Broder posts, brackets and Lack shelves are all well connected and create a stable unit.

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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".

12 Responses to Broder-Lack Freestanding Shelving

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ikea has discontinued this product. Can anyone point me somewhere I can purchase something similar to this?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thinking about trying this one–but was wondering: are the supports connecting the vertical posts also from Ikea, or a different source?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Link above to the Broder L-foot brace, should be I really like the idea, especially because the original Lack shelf only holds about 15kg…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Finally, a Broder hack! There are a lot of things you can do with that system. (I made an awesome broderdesk. I plan to submit it when I finally put the finishing touches on.)

    the key to saving money with the broder shelf hacks is to not buy the shelves at Ikea. Go to a lumber yard or home depot, and buy some sort of board and have them cut it to the desired length. Home depot has some pretty good boards for that sort of thing. You could also do the same with a big plywood sheet.

    The problem with broder is that the smallest bracket is 10.5″ long, which makes for some huge shelves. I had to overcome that problem with my desk hack.

    also, no question about stability. Broder is rock solid.

  5. Tim Gray says:

    Very cool. But all the DVD’s and CD’s how 90′s retro!

  6. Anonymous says:

    $325? That just seems way too steep for a shelving system like that. It’s not my taste (looks a little ‘unbalanced’ to me) but as long as you like it, that’s all that matters.

    Love love that orange on the wall though!

  7. ab says:

    To Anonymous:

    The Broder L-foot is $13.50 (US). The entire unit built with the Lack shelves is a little over $325.

    Please check your information.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice! Only drawback is the price…the Broder L-foot brace alone costs $216.97 (eeep!!!). But I guess if you’re recycling your old one then the cost evens out.

    Still, good job!

  9. Mary says:

    Ah, this rocks!

  10. Excellent shelving, looks stable to me.

  11. Adam Snider says:

    Looks really cool, and I’m sure it’s stable, but I think I’d be paranoid that it would fall over on me.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Best hack I’ve seen in awhile! Good work!!!

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