Published on November 12th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Cheap Lack Kitchen Island

Lack End Tables, and Vika Amon Table Top

Pretty simple Hack. 2 Ikea Lack Side Tables stacked on top of each other, I used 4 L brackets to attach the two together. Then the small cheap vika amon table top glued on top. Cost me about 25 bucks between the side tables, top and hardware.

Also designed to accommodate a couple counter height stools I need to buy yet

~ Jon Kamps, Kalamazoo, Mi

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Cheap Lack Kitchen Island

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea for people who are on a tight budget and who can use the extra counter space!!

  2. fifiri says:

    FYI regarding the comments on its stability: I am actually using two ikea lack tables as kithen unit (like this one in the picture only without the top) for more than a year and theyre still good as new. And I didnt even use L brackets, only attached them together with strong double sided tapes.

  3. Laurel says:

    I think it is a great and innovative idea. If it meets your needs, then that is all that matters. I think it looks fine. The builder did not claim it was high end, and it looks quite functional.

  4. Jon K says:

    I know it was not the highest quality Hack, but its been going strong for 3 months and looks as new.

    Really just needed some extra counter space and didn’t want to spend the $$$ for something that I would prolly dump in a year when I move to a house.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    pretty cool hack! Will definitely try it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Those worried about the suitability of the vika amon top (or if they’re making this from scratch rather than leftover bits and bobs), the lagan countertop is solid wood, costs the same as the vika amon top (that I assume was used), and is even 2 inches longer on the shorter dimension.


  7. Jenny says:

    If you lean on the edge, will this easily tip over?

    I would make the base with Ikea cabinets. If you get a price list from the store, it’s easier to read than online (in my opinion). Their cabinets aren’t as cheap as lack tables, but they are very reasonably priced.

    Also, they make adjustable legs for that table top (VIKA KAJ) which could be spaced farther out to the sides for a sturdier result.

  8. Anonymous says:

    no grumpy pants on here. I am the first commenter btw.
    i believe commenting on the stability of these hacks here is appropriate if not essential. The whole point of this site is to get ideas and learn new things that can be done with these relatively inexpensive products. to post something so unstable and only expect positive feedback/ pats on the back is ridiculous.
    part of learning how to work with these products (as well as inspire ideas) is to learn the limits of the products.
    i in no way commented on the style or taste of the end product, only on the stability of the end product for the intended use.

  9. Beate says:

    If I do not like something here, , I would not say it here. It’s not about taste but about ideas. It’s rude to comment about the taste of other people and even anonymously.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well it seems a few people have their grumpy pants on today. While I admit this isn’t quite to my taste… why not go for the old Pollyanna Principle…
    Positively Only Lovingly Loyal Yarns And Never Nasty Anecdotes.

    And yup- I know my grumpy pants comment isn’t in the Pollyanna Principle… sorry.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…. Cheap indeed! Cheap on the wallet, cheap on the eyes.

    Looks pretty flimsy…. I certainly wouldn’t have something so makeshift in my kitchen.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Very creative! I like it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    pretty cool hack in terms of making this inexpensively.

    the L brackets should hold up fine. As long as the top is fairly water proof, it should hold up just fine in the kitchen.

    Another variation is to use one of those butcher block tops at Ikea and then waterlox it.

  14. emmanouil_K says:

    HHmmmm i cant i tell i like it :(

  15. Anonymous says:

    i hate to tell you this, but this is going to fall apart on you sooner rather than later. lack is not stable for such things. the legs are hollow inside, so your L brackets arent going to hold for long. the surface bubbles when it gets wet, which in a kitchen is inevitable.
    I am unfamiliar with the material you used for the top, depending on the specifics of that you might have a longer life span for that part of the project (tabletop does not necessarily = counter-top appropriate). your best bet would be to find some proper height legs to utilize with the top.

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