Published on August 5th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Lack shelving bench

Anette found a discarded Ikea Lack shelving unit and hacked it into a bench.

She says, “I added chrome legs from the local hardware store. The upholstering was the biggest challenge as I had never tried it before, but I bought thin foam and some sturdy fabric and got to work with my friends’ staple gun. I stapled the foam down first and then added the fabric. I didn’t sew the fabric at all, but just made sure to carefully fold in the edges of the fabric before putting in each staple.

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18 Responses to Lack shelving bench

  1. Anonymous says:

    I once asked at Ikea about putting castors on a certain item and they said it couldn’t be done because it was made of something like cardboard (not their words, but when I asked, they confirmed).

    Great idea to staple the cushion to a board and then mount it on the bookcase. I love the look! Good one!

  2. Anton says:

    and there was me going to get rid of mine down the tip, cracking idea!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    great job! now i want to make one.

  4. K says:

    How are those legs attahced? I’ve been told that the LACK shelves are honeycomb/hollow construction.

    So is there a solid portion on those shelves to which the legs are attached?


  5. Anonymous says:

    I have a LACK shelf in the living room, with only 4 casters on it, and about a 1/2 inch bow in the middle from my TV, and that wasn’t even centered on it. Definitely put something in the middle.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i love this idea!–on casters great idea too. like others i was wondering about the weight bearing thing to. i want to make this for my son’s room. he’s about 230 lbs 6’3 (and growing?) do you think it will hold him? thanks!

  7. Mari says:

    Nice idea! I love those lack shelves, so many uses.

  8. says:

    just saw this via ohdeedoh – THANK YOU! i have a naked lack shelf sitting in my living room that i have been wanting to create a cushion for. i am NO seamstress though and this is a FANTASTIC alternative. great work. for the skeptics (or engineers): i too have my lack unit sitting on only four CASTERS and just about everyone who enters our LR takes a seat… it’s just fine.

  9. Moontree says:

    This is really nice, i might try something like it for my studio space : )

  10. themark says:

    Great choice of fabric, and good job keeping those stripes straight while stapling. Well done.

  11. This totally rocks!!! Would be so awesome in a mudroom or just around the coffee table with mags and books underneath..I am sooo making one!

  12. alana says:

    This is awesome. I’ve been waiting to find a Lack shelf on Craigslist for just this purpose.

  13. Robj98168 says:

    Very cool! Nice job on upholstring it. I need a bencj about this size…hmmmmm.

  14. Mick0005 says:

    I use the capita legs on this lack shelf as my tv bench with 6 legs. I can tell you, its perfectly capable of bearing weight.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Just an addition to my previous comment — make sure the legs have a wide, sturdy base to attach to the shelf. A smaller, more narrow base could actually punch a hole in the bench over time.

  16. Anonymous says:

    If the bench only has four legs you’re absolutely right. I recommend a third pair of legs under the center of the bench. Otherwise there’s too much stress on the middle. I’ve used six of Ikea’s Capita legs to make a bench and also several together as a bed platform and it supports weight very well.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Pretty cool- but maybe you should have upholstered the foam and fabric to a piece of wood cut to the size of the seat and then placed that on the bookshelf. I guess you could go either was on that. nice hack.

  18. spavis says:

    that doesn’t seem like it would be weight bearing…

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