Published on May 28th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Lack Library and Gallery Hack

Materials: Lack 43″ and 74″ Shelves

Description: I wanted an open library to house a lot of books and have room for art exhibition as well so I started researching LACK shelves. Reviews were mixed as to amount of weight they can handle so I determined I had to attach to minimum of two studs. US studs are 16″ apart and on the 74″ shelves, there are NO multiples of 16″ from any other holes so I
1) confirmed stud location on the wall (and distance between)
2) measured and marked future holes on the rails which I then drilled.
3) Attached rails to studs.

For most cases I was able to hit 3 studs on both lengths of shelves. I’m really satisfied with the results though I might have to add the occasional L-Bracket for some of the shorter shelves that want to dip downwards somewhat. I’m still picking paintings and statuary for the open spaces in the design.

~ Amy S, Portland, OR USA

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7 Responses to Lack Library and Gallery Hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    I know this is a design blog. But for many of us, the point of book shelves is to store… wait for it… BOOKS! If Amy were just displaying lightweight tchotchkes, hitting three studs wouldn’t have been so important.

  2. I’m really amazed with your blog. This is one of the best designs I’ve seen in my entire life. Just keep it up.

  3. Stephanie S says:

    I wish this blog would start following it’s own rules on what qualifies as a “hack”.

    I agree with MyFuzzyButtz (lol), there are way too many books up. I think replacing some of them with a nice figurine or other object would give the wall some breathing room.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Its a hack, she drilled *new* holes in the rails so they could have three stud attachment points.

  5. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Yeah, it is nice and I like it, BUT what you did here is not a hack.

    Remember too, less is more . . . It doesn’t take much for a wall of shelves to look like a big mess. So far you’ve done alright, but look at it with a different eye and you just might end up taking some of your books to lighten it up a little.

  6. Laura says:

    This is gorgeous – very well done. But I agree with the above. This is pretty much what you’re supposed to do with shelving, you know?

  7. Madcap Girl says:

    How is this a hack? Isn’t this precisely the way to use this shelving system?

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