Published on March 23rd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Chalk and cheese – Two Lack hacks

Materials: Two Lack side tables. Antonius top

I needed an ottoman for my couch, but since it was only a cheap Klobo sofa, I decided to make one.

Then I realised I needed a new coffee table, because my existing one was much lower than the ottoman. But my ottoman was so big, I only had enough room for a small lack side table. So I decided to make it look like a small lack coffee table!

Materials for Ottoman
-Lack side table – mine was a half price as-is one, because it doesn’t matter if the top is scratched.
-Furniture tacks
-60×60 cushion insert
-1m fabric of your choice

What to do:
Measure the table, and sew a cover for the table that comes down as long as you want on the table (I left mine about 10cm from the floor, as I wanted the exposed legs. If the fabric stretches some during sewing, put elastic in the seam allowance at the bottom to tighten it back up.

Take the cover off the table, and put the cushion insert on top. Place the cover back on. Now you have to tack it in place. You can either put tacks (or buttons) through the fabric and cushion, if you desire, but I wanted a less visible look, so I hammered underneath the cover (through the seam allowances) around the edges of the table.

Lack Coffee Table with extra shelf

-Lack side table
-Antonius top (these only come in white, so if you didn’t pick a white table, you will need a piece of wood 45x55cm)
-’L’ brackets and screws (make sure they are less than 1.5cm long)

Assemble the table. Screw the L shape brackets into the center of the legs, All facing the inside so they make a rectangle shape. (The top of the brackets should face the table top)

Drill holes part-way through the wrong side of the antonius top, where they will be needed by the brackets.

Screw Antonius top onto brackets, and admire your work!

~ Elizabeth, Australia

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22 Responses to Chalk and cheese – Two Lack hacks

  1. Xealous says:

    Great hack – shame I cant find the Antonius top in stores :( I’m guessing they’re no longer available. Anyone have similar problems finding the top – or a replacement?

    • Anonymous says:

      They seem to be discontinued :( They’re not even on the website anymore! Look to be replaced by the ALGOT system (which is literally the most ugly storage system I’ve ever laid eyes on).

  2. The first person who commented DID provide helpful information that offered advice/a solution. I agree it is a great idea, although a solid color might have been a better choice.
    As someone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I would have spent more time making it look a little….neater. But that’s just me.
    Great Idea and good post!

  3. Anonymous says:

    bad bad hack. for all those who are appreciating this idea…please ask yourself if you ever buy something like this?? it just shows bad design sense and pitiable aesthetics.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m all for “constructive criticism,” however the criticism provided by the first anon was not at all constructive; the writer did not provide any information that is helpful to the hacker, nor did the writer provide any solutions or feedback for improvement. There was no point in the writer’s comment BUT to slam the hacker. These posts are meant to show others inspiration, and perhaps this is exactly how the hacker wanted the product to look. If you like it, then say so. Don’t like it? Then give suggestions for what you would do for improvement.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the first comment – it IS a GOOD idea, it was just not a high-end resolution. It’s not like they slammed it at all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    A great idea for a very inexpensive ottoman. thanks!
    I wonder if the batting could be fixed to the covering fabric… which could be removable. Then it could be a coffee table or ottoman, as desired.

  7. majeral says:

    I like the ottoman it looks comfy for your feet like the couch. The table is nice with the added shelf. Again for those that need repeating : If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all”.
    Or as Ikea Hacker says
    Everyone is free to comment but reserves the right to remove comments that do not contribute constructively to the discussion, contain profanity, personal attacks or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business.

  8. I think it was Thumpers mum who said if you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all, and pretty darn good advice it was too. I think both hacks are great, as are all the hacks here. I love that people have the gumption to take something that thousands of other people have, and turn it into somehing unique. The more they are shot down in flames, the less likely they are to post again, and that next post could be *exactly* the inspiration you are looking for.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea! Nothing better than polka dots to cheer up the space for spring

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry to say that there are some malicious people here who leave unnecessary mean comments. Unless you have something positive, helpful and encouraging to say about other people’s creative ideas that work for them, please keep it to yourself.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I very much like the extra shelf on the coffee table – and it’s the perfect size! I never have enough room on the top of my coffee table because of the magazine overflow – so this is a great solution. Good job!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Very nicely done! So bright and cheerful!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Even though its a nice hack idea, I think its very badly executed. The ottoman not only looks very bulky but also its very shabbily done (especially the padding)
    Interior Design wise – I would have preferred a plain red or white fabric for this and not extended the polka dots.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree.

    • Anonymous says:

      Very well said. Completely agree.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t agree. And it’s mean and cheap saying that.
      I like the bulkiness and don’t see anything wrong. Nice hack.

    • Anonymous says:

      How is it “cheap saying that”? It’s a cheap hack. The thought process was there but done very sloppy.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sorry to say that there are some malicious people here who leave unnecessary mean comments. Unless you have something positive, helpful and encouraging to say about other people’s creative ideas that work for them, please keep it to yourself.

    • Kerrie says:

      I have to disagree. I thought the execution was fitting for what the hacker was going for. The ottoman does have more of a casual/cheaper look to it, but so does the couch and I think they match well together. And the extra shelf on the side table is a great idea

    • jo says:

      is it normal for you that all the comments have, and i mean HAVE, to be positive? i don’t think so. they should be polite, exposed in a not offensive way, but why can i express my thought only when i agree with everything? sorry, but this is a stupid behaviour.

      those big red dots are not sth i’m in love with, also because they collide with the striped carpet, but the idea can be improved and customized.

    • Anonymous says:

      This isn’t lala-land. The original comment was polite, but provided some constructive criticism (which I think they’re right about). I hardly think it was malicious?

      This is what’s wrong with society today, people (especially Gen Y’ers) always expect praise and kind words and can’t bear to hear if there’s room for improvement.

      I myself would have used foam and a cushion for the top of the ottoman, for longevity and comfort. I also probably would have used a bit of glue as well as L brackets. Screwing things into Lack furniture (which is usually hollow) makes me nervous!!

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