Published on December 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


I Take My Coffee Table, Lack

Materials: 4 LACK Wall shelves (black-brown) – Length: 43 1/4 ” ($80), LACK Side table, black-brown (4 Legs only) – $10, 4 casters (Optional) $5, 6 metal mending Plates, $9, 16 Mini L Brackets, about $24, Screws, Drill Bit set, Power Drill.

Description: Inspired by the now discontinued West Elm Parsons Storage Coffee Table I attempted to duplicate the look using Ikea products.

Step 1: Making the top and bottom tiers of the coffee table – Position 2 of the Lack Shelves back to back on the long end (the end that will be screwed into the wall) and screw the mending plates onto the underside of the now ajoined shelves so they are held together, creating one large surface area (This will be the coffee table top). Do the same to the other 2 Lack Shelves. (This will be the lower tier of the coffee table).

Step 2: Next, attach the legs of the Lack Side Table to the top of the Lack Shelf/bottom tier using the mini L brackets.

Step 3: Attach the top tier (made out of the 2 connected Lack Shelves)to the tops of the legs of the Lack Side Table using the mini L brackets.

Now you’re all done and have a very similar coffee table to the West Elm Parsons Storage Coffee Table at less than half the price.

~ Mike, Bronx, NY

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4 Responses to I Take My Coffee Table, Lack

  1. Anonymous says:

    that makes a lot more sense in terms of using what you have around the house.

    The biggest reason to use the ikea lack coffee tables over the wall shelves is related to cost. Your $134 could get shaved down to $51 for the small ikea coffee table or $91 using the large ikea coffee table. Quite a bit of savings and substantially less work since you won’t need all the mending plates, brackets, and extra lack table.

    just a suggestion anyways for those considering the different alternatives.

  2. Mike says:

    I bought the shelves to originally mount to the wall but I live in an old building and the wall wouldn’t hold them. They stayed in storage for awhile until the idea hit me to hack them. It turns out that the table is in perfect proportion to the rest of my living/sitting room. There is indeed a seam that runs down the middle but it doesn’t seem to bother anyone. The lack wall shelves that I used, to my knowledge are narrower as opposed to the smaller version of the lack coffee table.

  3. Anonymous says:

    actually ikea has a more narrow coffee table too… so not sure why wall shelves are needed

  4. Anonymous says:

    for anyone else looking to do this, it would have been easier to just modify the existing Lack Coffee table. Buy two of those and then stack them. Plus you wouldn’t have the seam down the middle.

    I’m guessing Mike needed a more narrow coffee table for his space? or got all the wall shelves for cheap?

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