Published on March 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


LACK Shoe Unit

Materials: LACK TV Unit, brackets, screws, anchor bolts, buzz or jig saw

Description: I had two black LACK TV units in my living room for a couple of years, when I decided to go for a completely new media rack.

So I decided to re-use one of the LACK TV Units for a shoe shelf mounted to a wall in the hallway, as the shoes piled up in some corner quite often ;)

I removed the legs of the old LACK TV Unit in the first step. As my LACK was already assembled, I just used some brute force to remove the legs (rotate leg to the left until it breaks. It will break quite easy) and then cut off the leftover metal-screw. You could consider to cut or leave the screws before assembling, if you’re not going to use an already assembled LACK TV Unit as I did.

Then I used a buzz saw to cut my LACK TV unit into halves. I didn’t saw in the middle of the unit, as there were metal bolts! So I made one shelf a bit deeper (2-3cm) which makes an even more unique look… but it’s hard to notice the difference of the two parts if you don’t know that one is a bit deeper.

I then mounted some brackets to the sliced up inner side of the shelf and mounted them to my wall. I pre-drilled small holes into the wood, before putting the screws in place to prevent the wood from cracking up. I would also recommend to put some leftover wood plank into the empty parts of the LACK corpus, so the screws are mounted safely and not just into some paper that is inside the LACK TV Unit.

Have fun re-using your LACK TV Units as well! =)

See more of the Lack shoe rack.

~ Jens, Stuttgart, Germany

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15 Responses to LACK Shoe Unit

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. d8ressa says:

    Really great job!
    I’m would cut the 1 of the 2 lack plan in the short side to make 2 leg
    ――――― < -- whole first plan
    ―― ―― < -- second plan cutted in 2 piece |‾‾‾| < --to get this There’s something that you can advise me in cutting the short side?

  3. Anonymous says:

    One of my favorite hacks! Great transformation – I just love it!

  4. Really appreciate this one too :) must to show this to my boy tonight :)

  5. Jens says:

    How to cut it so it doesn’t look like a mess? ;)
    Well.. I used a buzz saw/circular saw to cut it with a clean edge.
    In the first step I applied some duct tape to the surface, measured and marked a line I’d like to cut. The duct tape prevents scratches, prevents the wood to split (a bit) and you can easily draw on it. Some buzz saws also come with guiding rails for a straight cut, if that’s an option for you.

    Cheers – Jens

  6. Mark juegos de vestir says:

    Is very nice i saw here a good idea to my room thanks…

  7. majeral says:

    very clean looking ,
    My D-I-L could use about 100 of those each at least 8 ft long lol
    I would need one for my 4 pairs of shoes.
    Very nice I am glad some times that my IKEA is over 2 hours away

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey there, awesome job!! How were you able to rip the LACK into two perfectly straight pieces , if you don’t mind my asking?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think the wall gets very dirty after a short time…

  10. Tiny says:

    This is a great idea..

  11. Anonymous says:

    Looks fabulous! Wouldn’t work for those of us with kids and muddy kids’ boots, but I absolutely love the clean look and the idea of mounting it on the wall.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love that Pulp Fiction picture!

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is my favorite Ikea hack of late, Wish I had a place for something like that.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good for polished shoes that just sits on the shelf, but if you put shoes used in the rain or during the winter the LACK will ultimately fail.

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