Bedroom cross

Published on April 23rd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Lack cross-shelf

Materials: Lack shelves, Dioder multicolor LED light strips, angle brackets, circular saw, drill, screwdriver, paint, caulk

Description: We wanted a shelf or table unit to fill a narrow vertical space adjacent to the bed. My wife conceived the fusion of two Lack shelves in an uneven cross, mounted off the wall to make the shelf appear to float. We used two Lack shelves, a 43″ and a 78″, made two hemi-lateral cuts in order to fit the pieces together, and mounted the horizontal shelf using the standard IKEA Lack bracket, though keeping it off the wall by 2″.

The vertical shelf wasn’t going to support any significant weight, so we ditched the standard bracket and used a simple angle bracket at either end to hold it in place. The shelf brackets were primed and painted to match the wall color to give the effect of the floating shelf. The seam where the two shelves meet was finished with painter’s caulk. Finally, two sets of Dioder LED lights were mounted on the back, giving the floating shelf a cool glow. A few lazy nights to plan and two half-days on the weekend to put together, one of our favorite new additions.

~ Matt Tremblay, San Diego

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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 Lack cross-shelf

  1. Eddie says:

    Small suggestion, put a short bar between the vertical unit and the wall for a quick place to drop your and your significant others robe. or simply a hook on the vertical shelf and the wall opposite that.

  2. Eric says:

    did you use a skill saw? how did you not eat up the particle board?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE IT!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Looks really custom and high-end!

  5. Shelly Bobbs says:

    This is EXACTLY what I am looking for. I also have a very narrow space at the side of my bed and this is perfect, I may also try it in my teeny weeny hall.

    Thanks, it look brill!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a fantastic idea! Well done! It looks awesome!!

  7. Mike says:

    This is way cool! I esp. love the LED lighting.

  8. dcee604 says:

    I really like this, and will have to build this in my next apartment! Thanks for the idea!

  9. arerain says:

    nice! simple but nice..
    highly affordable..

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  11. carapim says:

    this looks SO awesome! congrats!

  12. Anonymous says:

    WOW that looks awesome. hack of the year candidate.

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