Published on December 8th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Lack TV Hack

IKEA Lack media storage

Materials: Lack TV Bench, Lack End Table

Description: I had been looking to build a new TV bench that would fit all of my A/V equipment plus my HTPC. I wanted something that looked great and would look slick in my living room, but unfortunately everything I looked at was very expensive.

I came to the site and saw this hack

I basically followed Sean’s hack verbatim, the only difference in mine being I cut the Lack table legs to about 13″ to clear my HTPC and stereo. I also used one more Lack leg to support the top shelf of the bench in the back so my TV wouldn’t cause sagging from the weight.

Next I built the frames for the front and sides from 2″ wide by 1/2″ thick pine boards. The 2 side pieces were made to the same dimensions as the Lack unit, but the front piece was made 1″ wider than the unit so that it would cover the side pieces and make everything flush.

I attached the frames to the Lack unit using the plugs that are used to attach speaker grilles to speaker cabinets. I used 4 small dolly wheels on the bottom of the unit so I can easily move it to rewire electronics. Then I painted the wood black (so it wouldn’t show through the fabric in the daytime), then covered it in speaker fabric.

I am completely satisfied with the build thus far. The speaker cloth still lets airflow get to the HTPC and other components, but it keeps alot of dust and pet hair out of the electronics. Remotes work through the speaker cloth no problem and it really helps to hide the clutter that’s happening under the bench. The covers are very easily removable, but stay on completely secure.

Thanks to Sean and all the other hackers, I’ve gotten many great ideas from here.

~ Josh jenkins, Toronto

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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".

8 Responses to Lack TV Hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    i actually used the lack side table, but you can use the lack coffee table as well because the legs on both units are exactly the same…

  2. nemaddux says:

    which lack table did you but from ikea? The coffee table or side table?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love this post, and comment thread too!

  4. Anonymous says:

    BTW… to the first poster, the speakers included with the JVC unit I have are amazing, no way I could ever ditch them for the ones you listed…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Slow down guys… I already had the idea to cover the speakers just haven’t done it yet. They are the ugliest speakers ever hence the reason they’re in the bookshelf to begin with. Thanks for the idea though…

    not so sure about getting rid of the sausage dog though….

  6. Anonymous says:

    No, I’m kinda with the first comment. Those speakers look jank.

    Since this hacker wanted to cover up the bulk of his equipment to streamline the look, why not finish the job and conceal those speakers?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely, first poster. He also needs to wallpaper the room, possibly a pastel blue, change the couch (it’s so not 2012) consider adding a vibrant rug, and oh, get rid of the sausage dog. The magazines would be better coloured, so then he could colour coordinate them.
    Hack? We were meant to be commenting on the actual hack….? :p

  8. Anonymous says:

    You should put speaker cloth over the expedit sections that the speakers are in…those are kind of ugly speakers.

    Or just get some black speakers since the ones integrated into units like that usually aren’t that good and odds are something like the $40 dayton’s from amazon would be better (and unless your time has very little value and the wood/velco/speaker cloth is free…probably just worth it)

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