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Published on February 22nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


IKEA LACK Tables become wall art

Materials: 3 LACK side tables, at least 3 yards of fabric

Description: My roommate and I were perusing IKEA and saw a nice wall art display at IKEA. The store display used actual frames of some kind. Problem was, IKEA didn’t sell those types of frames in their store (I don’t even know why they displayed those frames in the first place). They did have fabric though, so we picked out a pattern that we liked.

On the way out we saw the LACK side tables on clearance for $5 each, so we decided that it would probably be less expensive to just wrap fabric around the tables rather than trying to find actual frames at a craft store.

We used a staple gun, clamps, at least 50 staples, at least 6 small nails, and at least 3 yards of a medium density wire.

To staple the cloth to the back of the table we stretched the cloth and clamped it on opposing sides. Using the staple gun we spaced the staples in the back about an inch apart. We repeated the process for the other opposing sides. Don’t forget to cut off any excess fabric. To not have lumpy corners of fabric, cut the fabric at a 45 degree angle on the corner you’re working with. Then pound in two nails two-thirds up the way on the back. Wrap some wire between the two nails and make sure the middle of the wire can extend to the top (or about the top 1/3) of the frame, to ensure it will hang properly.

And voila, art for the wall.

~ Dave T., Santa Monica, CA

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11 Responses to IKEA LACK Tables become wall art

  1. Joanna NL says:

    What a wonderful idea, you are a genius !

  2. Lilian says:

    Hey! (lightbulb goes on) I’ve been looking for a headboard, but can’t find one I really like. Maybe this could be a solution for that too?

  3. Kenny says:

    Dave T.!! I know you! Killer idea!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Anonymous from two answers above: like someone already mentioned Ikea has OR had stretch canvas frames named Tyglösa. They are awesome and easy to handle – but at least where I live (Germany) they are discontinued now. I got a bunch around christmas when they chucked them out half price and imagine that – other doing like I did – they are long gone by now. If you still find them, don’t hesitate to stock some ;-)
    Also they are a tad smaller than the lack and given that almost everyone has old lacks around that don’t look nice anymore (or knows anyone who has) I think this is a fantastic hack to save the environment the waste of unwanted lacks (really, furniture should not be a throwaway item! Thinking of the environment every cheap piece like a lack really costs us much more than the seller charges!!!).
    Love it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey, nice idea. have the same with tyglösa frames! but they don’t sell these frames anymore!

  6. Anonymous says:

    The idea is awesome. But you could take it to a different level, if you add some padding and more tables or longer ones it can also help to reduce some noise family room or music room. Is not the most high end one but does the trick on the cheap.

  7. Anonymous says:

    its me again. I was at both the burbank and west covina locations, they both had the frames

  8. Anonymous says:

    Lol, they totally sell the frames, you werent looking hard enough. I have the same fabric and i got the frames with it.

  9. Sing says:

    I did this for a friend on Ikea’s stretch canvas frames, which they normally do sale. But this is a good alternative. They look nice.

  10. Ollie says:


  11. Adriana says:

    This is an awesome idea! I’ve been looking for art pieces for our bedroom and I’m so going to copy you on this one! Thanks for the inspiration.

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