Published on July 9th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Ein Kleine LACKtmusik

Materials: LACK TV bench, VIKA RORBY trestles

Description: I own a digital piano but for a long time just had it sitting atop one of those flimsy x-shaped metal stands. This was problematic because my cats liked to jump up on top of it which was not good for the keys and also made me worried they’d knock it over. So I was looking for a sturdier solution with a top over the keyboard, but finding a piece of furniture long and narrow enough to accommodate a full 88-key digital piano was a problem. I was starting to get worried I’d need carpentry skills (which I definitely don’t have) to put together the right piece of furniture.

Then one day at IKEA I spotted and measured the LACK TV bench and it turned out to be a perfect solution with a long, narrow slot that fit the piano almost exactly. It comes with two interior metal supports but they are removable. In terms of depth, there’s just enough extra space behind the piano to accommodate cords and the pedal when it’s not in use.

Instead of attaching the top of the bench using the IKEA hardware, I used two heavy-duty hinges so I could tilt the top up to play the piano. Even though the hinges seem small in relation to the size of the top, the LACK hollow-core material is light enough that the hinges support the top without a problem. I plan to cover up the raw edges of the particleboard sides with some white felt but haven’t quite gotten around to it.

The second need for this hacked-together piece of furniture was sturdy, adjustable legs so that I could position the piano at the correct height for playing. VIKA RORBY trestles fit the bill. Instead of installing the TV bench legs, I just set it atop the trestles.

Now my piano’s on a sturdy, well-protected surface but still totally accessible to play whenever I want!

~ Sarah, MN

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to Ein Kleine LACKtmusik

  1. Abb says:

    Love this hack, is perfect for my studio apartment! I just bought the lack tv stand and some legs but could use advise on the exact hinges you used? Thanks so much!

  2. Tyler says:

    This is perfect! What are the dimensions of the inner space of the shelf? I have an electronic keyboard that might be slightly taller than yours, and I’m worried it might take some extra finagling to fit :-/

  3. Danielle says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been trying to find out a way to incorporate my keyboard into my living room for a long time. It just stands out. This goes in my list of projects for this year.

  4. dodgie874 says:

    I am seeing this quite later but I hope you have time to answer this question:
    What are the dimensions in the “insides”?

    My keyboard is

    Width 1,320 mm (52″)
    Height 168 mm (6 3/4″)
    Depth 405 mm (16″)

  5. Lisa (MN) says:

    Perfect solution! Thanks, Sarah!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great Balls of Fire!
    I’m going to build my girlfriend one of these.
    So elegant & perfect; thanks for sharing this great hack.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Great hack! One could even attach an additional note-holder to the inside of the lid!

  8. LaMissdu13 says:

    Love it. I was thinking of sewing a cover for mine, but that’s really elegant.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like it! A modern take on an old piano. And for that wite felt: just get some self-adhesive square felt gliders from the DIY. The kind that is fitted under chairs and tables. They are cheap enough so you can cover the entire surface with them. Or get some iron-on particle board cover, that is cheap and applied in five minutes, if you own an iron and a dishcloth.

  10. Ulrike says:

    Very inspiring. I have a keyboard on an X-stand, cats AND kids, all in a very small house. This looks like a great solution.

  11. Vera says:

    Good idea, nicely done! :)

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