Lack mediacentre

Published on October 4th, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Lack + Mosvik Casters = Awesome Media Center





Materials: Lack Bookcase, Mosvik casters

Description: Inspired by a classic hack, I went out and got a Lack Book Shelf.

Wanted casters for practical reasons (for mobility, to raise the surface, to get extra space below the console), and I found some casters for the (now discontined) Mosvik bed.

Intially, thought it would be an easy hack, but the Mosvik casters have a vertical arm designed to fit into a special slot on the bed, and the caster can’t simply be screwed in from below.

I needed to construct a “slot” to hold the casters in place (see the side pics). I used 2 pieces of plywood on either side of the vertical arm.

This hack was further complicated by the fact that the material used in the small Lack shelves competes in consistency with Ms. Butterworth pancakes for lightness and fluffiness; i.e. not suitable for holding screws.

As as result, the main screw/washer holding the caster in place needed to be screwed into the long lower (now) horizontal piece. To do this I needed to move where vertical side arm of the caster intersected with the Lack. This was accomplished with a small bit of plywood (see the pics from below).

I finished the console off with white contact paper, which matches the Mosvik wheels, and really pops in contrast with the dark brown Lack.

It’s all very stable; I can roll it around the room without issues and its already been through 2 minor earthquakes besides.

The cosmetics need work still. I have sort of low-rent covers on them. I may just paint the additional hardware all white.

(P.S. I have an extra set of 4 of the now-discontinued mosvik casters which I thought I would need, but didn’t. If a hacker wants them, leave your email and I can get them out to you for a hacker-friendly price + shipping (they’re heavy!))

~ traycerb

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5 Responses to Lack + Mosvik Casters = Awesome Media Center

  1. Dick Flow says:

    I like things on casters, but why put casters on it and then sink it into a big swampy wall-to-wall carpet? To me that just seems counter-productive.

  2. Anonymous says:

    those casters are so big I dun think it matters if there is carpet or not. actually thinking I want casters on my coffee table, so I can roll it off the rug to vacuum and generally move it around. a slight push won’t move the casters there likely, but hey, thats good for say a earthquake… but it wouldn’t take much to actually move it. I like it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    why not use the regular besta screw-in casters?
    you could’ve just drilled some holes in the for corners underneath on the bottom, insert some wall plugs to keep it in place and give some lateral stability and just screwed them in.

    or better yet, just grab a besta bench with the holes and nuts already in place. it’s just about the same price anyways…

    just saying

  4. Anonymous says:

    Looks kinda half-azzed job…

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think there should be one or two casters in the middle of the whole thing to prevent it from being bent down by heavy things. (Our TV device, for example has about 60 kg or about 132.3 lb.)

    And I think I’d like to have some cabinet doors to hide all the clutter and cables and such …

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