Bedroom lacktower

Published on January 10th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Lack Tower

Materials: Lack wall shelf, feet and hardware from hardware store, paint, screws, piece of plywood

Description: My Malm nightstand wasn’t working for me, so I hacked a Lack. I wanted to use it as a tower but didn’t trust it to stand unaided, and bolting it directly to the wall would make it awkward to reach from the bed. I also needed one larger area for my lamp.

So I screwed some feet to a piece of painted plywood cut to the same size as the “bottom” of the unit, then screwed that plywood to the bottom in the areas I was pretty sure there was solid wood. (Added bonus: the plywood came from an old IKEA computer desk, name lost to antiquity.) I attached one shelf to the backside, and used the bracket provided to attach that shelf to the wall.

I was going to glue the plywood to the bottom of the unit, but, as it turned out, there is a small (1/8″) lip hanging down from the back piece, so there is a gap between the plywood and the bottom shelf. I need to shove something in there — a paint stir stick across the front, perhaps?

I don’t have a lot of woodworking experience so the execution wasn’t as perfect as I’d hoped, but it functions just as well as I imagined. Not bad, for my first hack!

~ Liz T., Seattle, WA

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Jules Yap

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3 Responses to Lack Tower

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you added a flat-shaped bar drawer pull to the underside of the top shelf between the wall and your shelf wall, you could potentially use that as a mini-closet to stow your robe once you’re in bed. A hook might make the clothes less obvious. Clearly this would not be able to hold a lot of weight, so only silk or thin cotton robes, and not heavy terry cloth.

    Ditto what the other posters said about neatening up the cords though, otherwise a lovely hack.


  2. majeral says:

    HUMMM MY kitty would love that

  3. Snappy says:

    Nice hack! If I may, allow me to suggest hiding all those cords for a neater appearance. Maybe drill a small hole at each level and run your cords through them, then use clips to streamline them to the back of the unit, running to your plugs/surge strip.

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