Published on December 3rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


IKEA Lack : Audiophile Rack

- (6) IKEA Lack Side Tables
- (10) Corner Brackets w/Screws
- (12) 2×5/8in Mending Plates w/Screws
- (4) Brass Hooded Ball Casters w/Plate
- (1) Electric Compound Miter Saw
- (1) Electric Screw Driver/Drill
- (1) 1/8in Wood Drill Bit
- (1) #2 Philips Driver Bit

Description: I wanted a sturdy rack on the cheap with modern style and clean lines. The IKEA Lack Side Table provided the look I wanted.

Step One: Measure your audio components height and additional clearance requirements for proper heat dissipation and venting. If needed confer with the manufactures user manuals.

Step Two: For each shelf you will use four legs provided with each IKEA Lack Side Table. Trim all four legs to your desired shelf height paying close attention to making all four legs exactly the same length.

(Tip) Apply Masking Tape around where you intend to cut, also if possible cut 2-4 of the legs at the same time. If you can only cut in pairs, label those front or rear.

Step Three: One of the IKEA Lack tables will not need it’s legs, but save those as extras for bad cuts or when your shelf height needs change, so can your rack. Attach the Ball Casters to the bottom corners or your Lack table top, leaving a 1/4 gap closest to the corners. It’s best to pre-drill these holes and drive the screws with less than half of your drills torque.

Step Four: Assemble the rest of the IKEA Lack Tables as per the instructions, paying mind to which legs present the most accurate, level, and clean cuts facing the front.

Step Four: Stack your tables to form the rack for a dry fit and make overall measurements. These are to make sure the rack doesn’t interfere with other furniture or unforeseen architectural detail of your space. (Adjust Accordingly)

Step Five: Once you’ve confirmed that all components fit the shelves as you have desired and the rack fits your space as required. Unstack and remember the order of shelves, possibly even labeled from top to bottom.

Starting with the base, stack and secure the above shelf by attaching the Corner Brackets to the rear of the front facing legs as pictured below.

Finally attach Mending Plates to the rear of the rack, securing one shelf, to the above shelf’s leg supports.

SUMMARY: This is a very easy and intuitive hack. Hopefully I’ve included enough details to the concept and I can assure you, it’s a sturdy build when done. Remember, measure twice, drill nice (Don’t over torque screws).

~ Eric Franklin Shook, Raleigh, NC

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28 Responses to IKEA Lack : Audiophile Rack

  1. DrumForHire says:

    Does anyone know how wide of components you can fit in here? My receiver is 17 1/2″ wide, I’m concerned that I wouldn’t be able to fit it between the legs…

  2. Sean says:

    Totally did this.

    One note. The new LACK table legs are HOLLOW! Make sure not to over tighten the brackets connecting the legs to the tabletops or risk pulling the screw right out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a GREAT cheap way to get a stackable stereo component unit. Thanks for the idea! I was browsing for cabinets and found this ‘hack’ and truely appreciate you putting it on the internet. I will do this for mine and regardless of the morons posting against this, keep the good ideas forming.!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes they do; listen to a tape like a Maxell XL-II made on a Nakamichi cassette deck. Warm, lush, and smooth. This is something that people don’t get, if their only experience with tapes has been boomboxes, cheap all-in-one stereo units, or crappy car stereos.

    It’s a certain kind of sound, and has nothing to do with acknowledging the existence of FLACS, 24/96, etc. By the way, it wasn’t the ’90s that called, it was more like the ’80s.

  5. Anonymous says:

    lol @ 3:35AM – the 90′s called – they need you back right away.

    ANy talk of a modern audiophile that includes CD’s much less cassette tapes is about as useful as a 2nd gen camaro or firebird in a modern performance car shootout. Once great, but now far surpassed in all aspects.

    Tapes don’t even have the “warmth” argument that can be made for LP’s or tube amps… it wasx a wonderful bridge technology that served it’s purpose for a couple of decades, but is long past it’s prime in a digital age. If you don’t get THAT, then you’re not a true audiophile, you’re a retrophile.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Magnum Dynalab FT-11 Tuner < ---Sweet.
    Marantz DV4001 DVD/MP3
    Marantz PM7001 Int Amp
    Marantz SA8001 SACD/CD < ---Stereophile Class A.
    Nakamichi CR-1a Tape <—So sweet.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ugghhh & lol @ Anonymous’ very ignorant “tape deck” comment above. “Please do not describe yourself as an audiophile”…”Enough said”? Really? You’ve obviously never heard what a high end tape deck is capable of. You probably shouldn’t be talking about tape decks when you are clearly dismissing them without knowing the difference between a crappy boombox cassette player and the real deal. Wouldn’t hurt to take a look at, say, the history behind the multitude of ways Nakamichi revolutionized audio cassette playback to absolutely rival that of the CD. Plenty of Technics cassette decks that sound fantastic. Look at Pioneer’s “Elite” tape decks. I’d rather have a Harman Kardon tape deck than most commonly available CD players. Tape decks have been a prime focus of audiophiles.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous is correct. You obviously have no taste and skillz because UR gear is not like mine. In the future B4 trying to do anything creative and then sharing, please refrain. It is a waste of time, yours and mine. It causes me to have to look at the picture and find out where U R inferior and then I have to take the time tell you how U R wrong. Please be more considerate of my time in the future!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please do not describe yourself as an audiophile. You have a tape deck. enough said. As far as the idea…. I’d rather not have my living room look like I still live in the 80′s but if that’s your style go for it.

  10. Max Rockbin says:

    For airflow, there’s no reason cutouts on the table tops could not be made. They could extend almost to the backs of the components. They just can’t be made wider than the feet. The backs are open, so that’d provide very good ventilation (you just don’t want to cut the table top on the top – since that would look kinda funny…

  11. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You must replace equipment a lot more often than most people.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Vandersteen 2CE Signature Mark IIs in Mahogany Walnut.

  13. Anonymous says:

    yeah each time you replace a new piece of equipment, cut a different set of legs from your old parts and redo part of your already hacked unit. That’s efficient. NOT!

  14. 337 says:

    looks nice…a bit too small for my liking in relation to the TV on top, but it looks good.

    are those vandersteen’s? love the sound they put out. Really nice speakers.

  15. rollinger says:

    Nice work. And this are not Computers, they didn’t get that hot. My Amplifier is in an cupboard. They never run hot in this way like an yir cooled Computer do.
    Love this rack.

  16. Anonymous says:


    even the bottom pieces of the legs that were cut off can also be saved as spare parts.

    Flip the cut off legs upside down, drill a hole in the middle for a dowel screw, and you’ll have plenty of spare parts.

    If you want a little more structural rigidity, just block the bottom of the legs as shown in the ikeafans link posted by Anonymous #7. Then you can either use those mending plates or dowels to make it really strong.

  17. WF says:

    A truly *audiophile* implementation of Lack rack is here:

    This receipt is from Ken Lyon, the designer of the high-end audio accessory manufacture Neuance.

  18. Berit says:

    Love this! I agree that one should consider the particular ventilation needs of the components being racked (as the hacker instructs near the beginning of the post!)

    One of the Anons in this comment thread remarks that sizing the shelf heights so particularly makes them un-adjustable in future, but here again the original post advises you to retain the legs intended for the “bottom” table to use as spares should mistakes during cutting or the need to change the height in future arise.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I love how the only complainers of this hack would do well to actually read the instructions. Good for a laugh.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the “vent is ok” Anonymous folks.

    There are so many custom racks or rack mounts that fit around components like this, and they are just fine. I mean, a gazillion touring bands use this same kind of thing. Hell, I’m pretty sure Garcia had his Macintosh amps in his rack like that…

  21. Anonymous says:

    reminds me of this one on ikeafans:

    as to the other complaints in this topic. You can always vary the heights how you want them. Need more airflow? space them taller!

    The nice thing about screws is that you can always undo them and rework the project. Plus you’ll have plenty of extra leg parts left when you cut them down. Just save them for spare parts later in case you need to make some modifications.

    It may not be a high end audiophile rack, but it gets the job done in an affordable and pleasant way.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Another problem is that if you get another piece of gear that has a different height, you may not be able to fit it into the existing slot.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I agree with … well the last Anonymous guy. LOL

    Ever heard of Rack Mounting?? This build is totally fine.

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is NOT tube gear guys, most solid state amps only need minimum of .5″ clearance above the vents. Some don’t even vent out of the top (e.g. Exposure, Naim, etc.)

    You cats may want to re-read STEP ONE

  25. Anonymous says:

    Agree with the first comment, you need to keep the top of the gear open for airflow.

  26. Anonymous says:

    ^that. Seriously, these things are going to heat up bad, and its going to bite you in the ass very soon. Looks cool though :(

  27. Anonymous says:

    While I do think this is a nice idea and looks good, I would never do that to my electronics.
    Preventing airflow like that just isn’t a good idea. Unless I’m missing something, because the way I see it, there’s a solid board directly above it.

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