Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Lovely Lack Bench

LACK shelf, CAPITA legs (4), IKEA STOKHOLM BLAD fabric, cellular material (for ex. VYSSNA SLAPPNA mattress), self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape, spray glue

My LACK shelf was for a long time in our cellar, then I decided to give it a chance for a life in our apartment. :) I had a lot of leftovers from our move into a new apartment. I took 4 CAPITA legs and screw it to the long side of the LACK shelf. Afterwards I cut some cellular material (I had an old VYSSNA SLAPPNA mattress) into the right size to fit on the shelf as a cushion. Then I cut some leftover IKEA STOKHOLM BLAD fabric a bit larger than the cellular material so it could fit around. I displayed the fabric  on the floor an put the cellular on it. Then I glued the fabric with the spray glue on the cellular. Afterwards I pasted the finished cushion with the self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape on the LACK shelf. Ready is your new bench!

~ Kerstin, Berlin

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10 Responses to Lovely Lack Bench

  1. acmclsh says:

    Would this work with the Expedit shelf do you think – mostly interested vis a vis strength.

  2. Stampin n da Hood says:

    love the idea..I would try attaching the legs to the outter edge thick ends and one in the center…but the plywood IS an excellent idea, too!

  3. Kerstin says:

    Thanks for your comments. Till now we didn’t have any problem sitting on it. It seems sturdy. But we don’t use it every day…

    The idea with the plywood is great, thanks for that. I’ll probably attach some, just to be on the safe side.

  4. Chelsea says:

    has anything come from you making it… being sturdy and all??

  5. Alexandra says:

    great idea for an easy bench! Thanks!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I second (third?) the concerns about the LACK being strong enough to be used as a bench. That would concentrate a lot of weight on the 4 points where the legs attach to the bottom, and I think they’re likely to poke right through as a result. The sides of the lack are cardboard-box thin, and the interior literally is corrugated cardboard.

    At the very least, I’d probably attach large plywood squares to the underside, and bolt the legs to those. That would spread the weight out over a large enough area to – hopefully – prevent the legs from punching through (or just tearing off from shear forces).

  7. marilyn says:

    that looks really cozy with the fabric you chose. WHat kind of cushion is it. the futon shop can always custom cushions.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Lovely! If you are going to be doing much sitting on it I’d suggest a piece of plywood under the shelf for supporting the legs.

  9. Anonymous says:

    i like the idea very much but have some concerns about being stable enough to sit on it since all this lack shelves are filled with cardboard…

    hack on :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nice! I’ve been thinking about putting a bench at the foot of my bed, and this looks like it’ll be perfect!

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