Published on April 29th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Lack table into Lack floating shelves!

Materials: Lack table, brackets (Dormer type probably or any other), L brackets, screws, saw, drill

Description: We wanted two side-tables for the bedroom, but we thought that it would be more convenient to be the floating type like the IKEA Lack floating shelf. So the next day I visited IKEA store, and tried to find one that would be matching the space in size. Unfortunately I realized that the Lack shelves are only made 110cm and 30 cm long and there is nothing in between, which would fit for my needs. So I had a brilliant idea! Why not make my shelves by cutting into half an IKEA Lack table which only costs 5 euros!

So on my way to the cashier with a black Lack table, I stepped in to the “as is” department and the exact time there was a batch of ex-display tables for half the price, 2.50 euros! So I grabbed one at half price, and left the other. I was so anxious to get in my workshop in the morning I couldn’t wait, to start chopping that little table!

So as you see in the pictures I split the table into two halves. And then I picked some brackets that are similar to the Broder shelf brackets, and made some difficult for the average hobbyist machining, sawing and bending to have four “L” brackets with drill holes, so they can hold the shelves in total disguise like the original Lack Shelves.

They fitted like charm, and now I couldn’t wait to go home and start the installation! Oh this was a very bad time so I had chosen a time that my fiancé was absent, a total mess!

First I took meters, and draw the points to drill. Then I started installing the “L” brackets. As you may notice under the “L” bracket I slipped a small L shaped bracket so I can use it to lock the shelf in place. After all this mess I had the two shelves installed and checked the alignment. Success!

That’s it. Go on and chop those tables!!!

See more of the floating Lack bedside shelf.

~ mikenuke, Greece

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

13 Responses to Ikea Lack table into Lack floating shelves!

  1. Anonymous says:

    why not just buy a lack shelf?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can buy 6 Lack tables for the price of a set of brackets… I don’t think so.

  3. MikeNuke says:

    Hello to all of you out there, I am happy to anounce that it is possible to buy brackets from my site by PayPal.

    Follow this link:

  4. Anonymous says:


    This is awesome! Just trying to do the same myself! Can you give a bit more detail on the brackets? I can’t find anything called Broder?


  5. Anonymous says:

    Instead of a floating shelf, you could also cut the Lack table in half, using the attached legs to hold up the front of the table, and just a small rail attached to the wall to hold up the back side.

  6. Oh, I have one of these tables and it is time to do something new with it. I hate throwing away furniture, but re purposing it sounds like an adventure. Thanks for the great idea.

  7. MikeNuke says:

    I made them by myself. these are “PAR stage spotlights”, you can find them on ebay and you can make the rest of the stand.

  8. Anonymous says:

    those lamps are beautiful. where can I buy those?
    me want :-)

  9. MikeNuke says:

    You probably skipped the text, surfed through the photos and clicked on reply botton…!
    As i say in the text: “Unfortunately I realized that the Lack shelves are only made 110cm and 30 cm long and there is nothing in between, which would fit for my needs.” The shelves I “invented” are 55cm length and cost me 2.50 euros for the 2 of them…

    Thanks to Jules for publishing my IKEA hack! Cheers!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Or, you can just buy floating shelves.

  11. argo says:

    Oh, my god! This man is great! He invented the shelves! God save this man! Long life to this man!

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