best of Lack storage

Published on September 21st, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Kitchen isle / Storage Container

Materials: 6 x Ikea Lack, Pragel Countertop, Bygel Rails, Bygel Wire Basket, Grundtal S-Hooks, some screws, mounting brackets, Plaster boards.

Description: Hey there IKEA-Freaks… ;0)

Ever had the problem that there simply wasn’t enough storage space in the kitchen and some Samla Boxes just didn’t quite do the job right ???

No ?!? Well, lucky you.. I had ;0)

So I figured why not use the empty space in my kitchen for something useful and stylish ??

I bought 6 Ikea-Lack (the small ones)and placed three of them right next to another and screwed them together with flat mounting brackets. I used two for three tables just one in the middle between each of them.

Then I took the other three tables and did the same.

Now I placed one line of tables above the other and used some bent mounting brackets to connect the table-legs from the upper Lack’s to the table-tops from the Lack’s beneath.

Now you screw some Plaster Boards on the two outer sides and the front side.

Then I used some wallpaper to make it pretty. You can spraypaint the Plaster Boards or use varnish etc. I used wallpaper because I saw some cool stuff in a shop.

Once the wallpaper has dried you can install the countertop on top of your new Kitchen Isle/Storage Container I did that with long screws and washers.

I let the countertop protrude on the outer and the front sides…

Now you put some carpet rods where the open side of the Lack’s and the Plaster Boards meet.

Then I put one Bygel rail on each side under the countertop. It’s important to install them under the countertop because the Plaster Boards can’t take much weight. I installed the Bygel rails because I wanted something to hang my kitchen towels or my Wire-Basket on.

All done!

If you want you can decorate the Plaster boards from every side so that you can’t see the plain boards from behind. I didn’t feel the use for this myself and to be honest after building this kitchen isle I felt every bone in my body *lol*

The instructions may sound simple but let me assure you it’s an all-day-long-Project. Especially all the cutting (wallpaper, plaster boards etc.)

But I think it was worth it.

Hope you like it.

~ Daniel Stevens, Germany

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Jules Yap

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15 Responses to Kitchen isle / Storage Container

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can you explain how the counter was mounted using the long screws and washers? Where did you attach the top of the Lacks to the counter top? I’m a total newbie to using attaching wood together unless it comes pre-drilled. Thanks :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi can anybody tell me what the function of the carpet rods are in this? I can’t see them in any of the pictures and am not really clear on their use or if they are necessary. Thanks!

  3. Neela says:

    Hallo Daniel,

    finde ich eine super Idee, würde es gerne nachbauen, habe aber nicht richtig verstanden wo du die Lack-Tische verstärkt hast. Mein Übersetzer meint, du hättest es mit Teppich-Stangen gemacht. Stimmt das?

  4. Anonymous says:

    great hack we did this one too! thanks for you idea!!

  5. Angela says:

    This is awesome! I’ve been trying to find a cheap pub/bar table for our basement which is a rec room for our teenage sons. This would be perfect AND has the bonus of hidden storage space.

    Thank you so much for sharing your hack!!

  6. Christopher says:

    I was looking for a way to make an affordable bar for our home, and this is beyond perfect! Thank you!

  7. FL Mom says:

    Looks elegant and fits right in with your kitchen. Great job! And what a bargain: a normal island would cost hundreds of dollars.

    This is such a versatile concept. If a person didn’t want to use wall board, he could just put in curtain rods to conceal the base with fabric which would make the storage accessible from both sides. The possibilities are endless.

  8. kitchenguy says:

    Brilliant! It actually looks easier to construct than most Ikea furniture! :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! I’m itching to try this myself… ^^

  10. Hey, I´m glad you like my idea. I used a Prägel countertop because it seemed like it would fit nicely into my kitchen.

    The whole damage was about 90 $. In germany the Lack Tables are € 4,99… But all in all that IS a pretty nice price if you take in account that the whole thing is 170cm wide and 1 meter in height…

    So, for that much additional storage and workspace there´s not much that can beat this thing pricewise and you can customize it to fit in your kitchen perfectly ;0)


    Daniel .. ;0)

  11. jessica says:

    Nifty! What a great idea. I like how the stacked Lack tables came to a perfect height

  12. Sing says:

    I love this. The lack tables offer so much hack potential.

  13. Disco Jess says:

    this is awesome! I used to of the bigger lack coffee tables stacked in my kitchen, and I tiled the top. What did you use for a countertop, VIKA?

  14. Heidi says:

    Very nice! Kudos. Normally my mind says “it’s gotta be cheap to be a hack” and I don’t know why that is, but this one is actually pretty darned affordable – Canada has Lack’s for $7.99 C$ – plus it’s custom to your space. Handsome!
    Add the ability to match to your counter tops or decor, and it’s a super win!

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