Published on October 28th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


LACK Monster Entertainment center

LACK bookcase

Description: A variation of this classic hack which involves eliminating one shelf and drilling new holes for the two remaining shelves. The result is three separated cubbyholes which are perfect for right, left and center channel speakers. The unit sits on six small stainless steel legs. I also covered the back of the unit with hardboard to give a cleaner look without any unsightly wires. The monster on top is 73 inches of DLP awesomeness.

~ Blair Hyman, West Palm Beach, Florida

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18 Responses to LACK Monster Entertainment center

  1. This says:

    This is a nice way to turn a simple piece into a nice looking entertainment center

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had my speakers like that in my lack shelving unit and they sounded very muddy.

  3. Blair says:

    It would most likely depend on how you cut the unit and place the support columns.

    As you can see, I have 2 central support columns supporting my TV which is approx 96 lbs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “The height for this lack bookshelf is 74 3/4. What is the opinion if we cut it down to 54-56 inches? Thanks.”

    It’s a 50 inch flat television. We only have 54-56 inches of space to work with. I know there are products that may work that are 47ish inches, but hubby is certain that it won’t look right if the television hangs over the stand.

  5. Blair says:

    Thanks for the comments.

    I purchased the legs from

    As far as shortening the unit goes, I can’t comment without knowing the tv that you’re planning to use, but it should still be able to support the one that I’m using.

    Thanks again.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The height for this lack bookshelf is 74 3/4. What is the opinion if we cut it down to 54-56 inches? Thanks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It handles heavy LCDs too… here is my setup with no hacking involved (other then putting wheels on it… going to drill some wiring holes tomorrow though)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for posting your setup Blair. Its seems the Lack has no problems handling the weight of your ’73 inches of DLP awesomeness’ … it should be able to handle mine with ease :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    where did you get the legs?

  10. Blair says:

    Jirah is correct, the tv weighs less then a hundred pounds. The unit easily supports the weight, plus the two separators which I relocated to the middle and the legs underneath provide extra support. Moreover, the setup is over a year old and I’ve never experienced any issues.

    The holes from separator that I did not use are covered by the tv, and I used small screws to attach the hardboard to the back.

  11. Jirah says:

    Just for everyone’s awareness – DLP TVs are super light. The 73″ monster above only weighs 96 pounds (43 kg).

  12. barbex says:

    I saw a Lack set up like this BREAK under the weight of a TV half this size!

    While it looks great it is a disaster waiting to happen.

  13. Tech says:

    Looks like a great modification.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love it! I have been wanting to use that bookshelf as a TV stand forever but never thought to hack it to appropriate sizes for the DVD & cable receiver.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Maximum load granted from ikea for single shelf is 10,00 kg for a max of 50kg.
    Hacking is nice, but products need to be properly tested …..

  16. Anonymous says:

    Couple questions. What did you use to apply the backing board?
    Did you do anything to fill in the original holes for the shelves you did not use?

  17. Anonymous says:

    First look I thought it was an LCD. wow.. that tv must weight a lot. Can the rack handle it?

  18. Anonymous says:

    nice TV

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