Published on August 10th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


LACK on LACK (TV bench)

Materials: Second LACK TV bench, drill, wood glue, sandpaper

Description: My original LACK was too low, especially after I wanted to place a new subwoofer next to my LACK with the TV on it. (SW and TV edge colliding)

Aim was to place a second identical LACK on top of the first one.

I did not want the middle horizontal to be too big so I did not use the bottom of the the second LACK.

Additionally I did not want to spent a lot of time and effort, so I decided to use wood glue (and therefore also sandpaper) and two wooden plugs per side that came with the LACK to fix the second LACK on top of the first one.

Pictures should explain the rest, a very simple hack, but sufficient for me.
I now also have more space available for electronic stuff :)

~ aemsidi, GER

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20 Responses to LACK on LACK (TV bench)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just completed this hack and the results are great, love this stand and it is the perfect height for my 60″ TV. Thanks for the tips,

  2. Anonymous says:


    final height is 55,3 cm.


  3. Ujn Hunter says:

    What’s the final height? I need to buy a new TV stand for my bedroom as my TV hutch won’t fit in my new apartment. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I did the same exact thing last year using 2 Lack tables — sometime when they had the Lack Tables for $49 each during a holiday weekend. The only difference in mine is I actually used the original wooden block legs for the sides — this way it gets ventilation from the sides as well. I added the standard accessory silver legs for the actual legs for the entire unit.

  5. travis says:

    thats hilarious. i bought those exact units in black and did the same thing almost a year ago (with a little more effort tho)

  6. aemsidi says:

    p.s. @anonymus: the tapes can be played with the vcr on the bottom left ;)

  7. aemsidi says:

    Thanks for your nice comments :)

    Yes I definitely have to do sth. to cover the cables, I think I’ll try that bamboo mats – good idea.

    The stuff is in use, a PC (cannot be seen) is also connected to the AVR … yes i like the DC, too ;-)

    It seems to be very stable, I do not think 3 of them would be a problem. But then it’s really very high :)

  8. Spinch says:

    Hmm… I wonder if you could safely stack three of ‘em together?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dreamcast.. check
    PS1 .. check
    VHS tapes with nothing to play them in.. check
    center channel for… what exactly, I guess cableTV.. check

    That is a great furniture mod.. but whats up with the selection of stuff?

  10. Anonymous says:

    A tip to disguise the tv, dvd player cables – cover the back of the TV bench with cheap bamboo table mats that can be easily push-pinned/nailed to the back of the table and conceal the wiring.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Dreamcast for the Win!

  12. linh says:

    heh, I thought I was the only one! I used the small square LACK tables stacked to make a quick and dirty corner shelf in our basement.

  13. ladyvonkulp says:

    Ditto on the corner unit, I might have to try this.

  14. TheWeave says:

    Bonus points for the original Playstation and Dreamcast.

  15. thismyhouse says:

    Wow! I love the LACK corner unit they have now, but yeah; too low for my liking. I’ll definitely try this, thanks!

  16. Max says:

    I like it, but I would have to remove the middle shelf entirely, so my AV-receiver would inside. I can see there are some metal legs inside, but maybe they aren’t essential.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I also did this exact same hack a year or two ago. It’s now perfect height.

  18. Es una buena idea porque estas mesas para la televisión son tan bajas que te acaban doliendo las cervicales.

  19. John says:

    I did the same thing a while ago. I really love it. My plasma sits at a good hight and I can get all my a/v equipment in there now

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