Media Storage

Published on April 7th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Lack retro media cabinet

I’m loving what Jeff in LA did with the Lack shelving unit. The sliding doors and hairpin legs are just perfect.

He says, “After discovering your site and seeing some of the other lack media cabinet hacks, I thought I’d send some photos of my own. Yeah, I know, I need to do something to hide those wires between the TV and the cabinet.

My materials were:
1 white Lack shelving unit
1 12-foot dual-channel aluminum rail guide from a local cabinet hardware store
4 stainless hairpin 8″ legs from
A piece of 1/4″ scrap plywood I had laying around
Raw walnut veneer
Watco danish oil
Spray adhesive
Two 2″ brushed nickel sliding-door handles

A jigsaw
A utility knife

It was pretty straightforward.  I cut the aluminum slider channel into two sections matching the interior length of the cabinet, and screwed them in.  I measured and cut my plywood into two long doors, then cut the walnut veneer into matching sheets, but slightly oversized.  I sprayed adhesive on the plywood and the back of the veneer, then stuck them together and trimmed the excess veneer off the edges.  I rubbed them with Watco danish oil and lightly sanded them with very fine sandpaper to give them the rich color.  Using the jigsaw, I cut 2-inch holes in the door panels and pressed in the circular handles, securing them on the backside with a glue gun (I could have used the tiny nails that came with the handles).

Usually, the slider rails are sold as separate upper and lower guides where the upper guide is twice as deep, allowing you to make shorter doors that can be lifted up and out for removal.   But I wanted the aluminum rail to be as low-profile and invisible as possible, so I used the shallower lower guide for both top and bottom. Plus, I was a cheap bastard and this saved me from having to spend another $35 for another 12-foot aluminum track.  So these doors cannot be lifted out for removal.  I loosened the screws on the lack cabinet, fit the doors in, then re-tightened the screws.

One snag was that my sheets of plywood were just thin enough to fit in the slider channels *before* applying the veneer, so with the veneer on they were too thick and snug to slide easily.  So I had to spend some time sanding the edges on the back side of the doors to thin them up.  In retrospect, I should have just bought some even thinner (maybe 1/8″) board.”

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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".

26 Responses to Lack retro media cabinet

  1. danny says:

    How did you secure the legs to the bottom of the unit? I just tried doing this with the besta media cabinet but the bottom board seems to be hollow and now i have a bunch of holes under the entire unit!

  2. Berk says:

    Did you cleat the legs? I want to make sure I have enough of the angle to the legs as yours when I attach them rather than straight. I don’t see where you can order angled variation on the site.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Delurking. GOOD JOB, a personal favorite! Have to replicate this for my living room!

  4. Anonymous says:


    I love this cabinet! I recently bought a besta cabinet from Ikea…I would like to put on hairpin legs..How did you install the legs here? I’m asking because the ones available at Ikea screw in.. :/

  5. jen says:

    how much did this end up costing you? this looks like something i’d like to make for home!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love it! where did you find the cabinet handles? thanks. mj

  7. chump says:

    hi again,
    i just put round felt pads on the bottom of the hairpin legs to protect the floor.
    The green chair is a Craft Associates design (Adrian Pearsall). I got it from Craigslist.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great hack, Jeff. By the way, do you know where I can find that green chair? I recently saw a similar one in a catalog but haven’t had any luck.



  9. Anonymous says:

    Awesome hack! I really liked the hairpin legs. What did you put on the bottom to protect the floor?

  10. Morrell says:

    Is there a way to shorten a Lack without it looking like it has been hacked? 72″ is kinda long. How would you reattach a sawed-off end have it look natural?


  11. Anonymous says:

    clean and sharp! love the hack!

  12. Anonymous says:

    this looks great. really good job.
    FYI, you can buy sliding door tracks, either wood or plastic that would cost less and have the proper upper track for door removal.
    Also, you can get a hole saw drill bit for $5+depending on size of opening, that will drill the hole if you don’t have a jigsaw.
    lastly, you could use wood legs that are either stained or painted to save money as well.
    the possibilities are endless.

    *word of caution….if you put any amount of weight on the top of long Ikea units, it could be prone to center sagging….a center support would solve that.

  13. joana says:

    really ’50/’60 looking!!
    wish my kind of fiancè would consider something like this for his tv room….
    i feel like he will say there’s not enough space for books and whatsoever.
    my tv set is hanging and there’s no place to plan a cabinet like this

  14. chump says:

    Hi Scott,
    I left only one shelf, in the center. I had to cut it for clearance with the sliding doors.
    In my opinion, with a single central shelf the box structure is PLENTY strong to hold a heavy TV. The limitation in my case would be the legs; These angled legs create some torque where they mount to the case, so under heavy load the screws might just rip out of the cabinet. I think you would have to go with vertical legs, or with hairpin legs somehow reinforce the seating of the screws (maybe with epoxy).

  15. Scott says:

    Hi Jeff. Great work! One question… did you leave the 3 shelves in the Lack in place or just not install them? I’m interested in how sturdy it’d be without the shelves if a tv were to be put on top of it…


  16. chump says:

    Hi again,
    I also had no luck finding the aluminum channel at any conventional hardware store. I eventually located a cabinetry supply shop that carried them.


  17. Anonymous says:

    ORB audio… excellent choice!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m actually also in the process of doing something like this. I’m having difficulty sourcing the aluminum channels. I tried Home Depot and Lowes but they don’t have it.

    I still need to check out Ace but are they only available at cabinet hardware shops?


  19. This is a grear hack! is it possible have some pictures of how you did it?

  20. Ryan says:

    Great job. Congrats.

  21. Becky says:

    I’m delurking just so I can say YOWZA to this sexy cabinet. Nice work, and thanks for the detailed info.

  22. chump says:

    hi everyone,
    thanks for the kind comments.
    It cost about $190 beyond the price of the Lack unit, but it could be done cheaper. The big ticket items were:
    $30 for the 12′ aluminum channel
    $60 for a sheet of walnut veneer, because I bought from a lumber yard that only sold it in a 4×8 sheet. I have since been told of other shops where I could have bought smaller sheets.
    $80 for 4 stainless hairpin legs. I could have saved money by buying the raw steel legs and painting them silver, but I felt it was worth the extra bucks.


  23. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely fantastic. More like this please!

  24. bhleigh says:

    very cool. what was your total cost beyond the shelf unit?

  25. iris says:

    This came out really nice! ‘Love your style!

  26. Justin says:

    Gorgeous. My favorite Ikeahacker post.

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