Published on August 24th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Upholstered Hack-a-Lack With Nailhead Trim

Materials: Lack side table
Description: I needed an upholstered ottoman for my den and hacking a LACK side table was the way to go. It was inexpensive and easy and took about an hour. I bought some foam and batting at a local mega-store, and I purchased about a yard of fabric for the top of the LACK. I had some nailhead trim on hand from a prior project (which I had purchased on eBay).

First, I cut the foam to the size of the LACK tabletop and then used spray adhesive to glue the foam onto the top of the LACK. Once the glue dried, I cut my batting and fabric to size. I carefully stapled the fabric and batting to the bottom side of the LACK table, checking as I went that the fabric wasn’t pulling or laying funny. I trimmed the edges underneath and used a strip of grosgrain ribbon to prevent fraying (but this step is largely unnecessary).

Once the stapling was done, I screwed the LACK’s legs right through the fabric. To add another detail element, and to make it look a little more luxe and custom, I added some nailhead trimto the fabric at the top of the legs. And voila! Soft, functional and stylish! It doubles as a soft place to rest tired feet and with the addition of a tray, as a place to rest drinks and plates!

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~ Shanna, Philly burbs, PA

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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".

4 Responses to Upholstered Hack-a-Lack With Nailhead Trim

  1. Anonymous says:

    isn’t it a little high to be a nice ottoman?

  2. lealou says:

    this is exactly what I was looking for — I have two lack tables and will be doing this shortly!

  3. Love it – I might have to try this one myself!

  4. helbels says:

    Best Lack Hack yet!

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