Published on February 9th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Kitchen work station

Courtney goes to work and help hacked a kitchen work top from Lack side tables.

“My brother and sister-in-law moved into a larger apartment last month, an apartment with a much bigger kitchen, but still very little cabinet/counter space. Thankfully there was an empty wall to utilize for an ikea hack.

We bought four lack side tables and found an approx. 5 feet long counter top in the ‘as is’ section at Ikea…

We built the work station starting with attaching two table tops to the bottom of the counter top and from that, we started to assemble the rest of the tables and built the hack from the (counter) top, down.  They have an oversized silverware tray that needed a home, so once the hack was finished, my brother took an unused keyboard tray off of their desk and attached it to the work station.

This work station is surprisingly sturdy!  It doesn’t move unless you are intentionally trying to move it.  It’s the perfect height, being just a tad taller than an average counter.  The counter top was from the ‘as is’ section, so it isn’t perfect, but paint hid a lot of the minor imperfections.  All in all, this hack was a huge success and totaled only $60!”

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Kitchen work station

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh. This is a life-saver, because I just fell in love with this:
    today…and now it will be mine!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I did this about 8 years ago, but with a marble slab. The side tables just sit on top of one another and the weight of the slab renders the whole contraption immovable. I also had some large urns I wanted to display, so 4 tables for that display unit. For that one I just glued some of that non-skid shelf liner on the bottoms of the legs and there’s no movement there either; plus they look fab. Both items can be easily de-constructed.

  3. The basic means of attaching is as follows.
    On the tops I drilled the holes for the legs all the way through. Then I drilled holes in the connecting piece and attached the two with dowels and glue. The legs still attached normally since I didn’t drill the original holes any larger. To bolster this, in the case of the top table to the counter top, I glued the whole top to the counter and put some screws in to add rigidity. In the case of the table to the table I added some 90 degree angle braces and some straight connecting pieces to secure the whole thing.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really clever. Well done!

  5. Susan says:

    Very creative and functional, too. I love it!

    Susan at Charm of the Carolines

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I’m also interested as to how they’re stuck together.

  7. Anonymous says:

    thats cool!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious as to how the two stacked Lacks are attached to eachother? Are they glued?

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