Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Zig-Zag Lack Shelf Bookcase

Materials: Black Lack shelves in 43″ and 12″

Description: I found this beautiful bookcase online for over $1100 and decided to recreate it. We started with 5 of the black Lack shelves in the 43″ and 4 of the 12″ length (you won’t need the metal piece that comes on the back). The chrome posts are actually square hollow towel bars from a big box store. We chose to add a bottom shelf that was not in the inspiration piece.

Steps to build:
1. Starting from the bottom, we drilled 3 holes and inserted wooden pegs and glue to attach the 12″ shelf vertically to the left edge of the long shelf.
2. We drilled 2 holes 8″ away from the right edge. We cut the towel bars to the exact height of the 12″ Lack. We used a square wooden dowel a little longer than that and sanded the ends to be rounded. We stuck the rounded ends in the holes with glue and slid the towel bar over the dowel.

3. Repeat steps to the top.
4. Attach L brackets to the back to give extra support to the corners.
5. The most important part is to measure, measure, measure!

~ Laurie, Cedar Park, TX

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10 Responses to Zig-Zag Lack Shelf Bookcase

  1. What are the total measurements of this shelf?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love it!

    You’ve given me all sorts of ideas!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Laurie says:

    Thanks for the nice comments! The total cost was only about $150. We’ve had it for about a month and it seems solid. Everything on the top shelves are accessories and pretty lightweight. The baskets on the 2 lower shelves are for toys and the weight is evenly distributed. We tried to find something at IKEA to use for the metal supports but nothing was the right size or look.

  4. Jan Gundtofte-Bruun says:

    Aren’t the LACK shelves rated for “up to 15kg depending on wall mount”? I hope your shelves won’t collapse, because they certainly do look good.

  5. Lorna says:

    Do you have your total cost? It looks fabulous! And the towel bars – wow, a great idea! Well done.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That’s a really nice re-creation!

    I think it would look even better on small (metal) legs to sort-of lift/lighten it – and some hard-handed de-cluttering would also make a big difference.

  7. ah yess…

    now im gonna make those shelf by myself
    thanks for inspiring

  8. Kat says:

    That is very cool!! I love it.

  9. Jenn(ifer) says:

    Great hack – just the rigth “DYI it with ikea components to get the look at a better price” spirit! Thanks for posting!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I like this! I wonder if there are Ikea bases that could fit the bill of the towel rods to make it full blown Ikea – very inspiring!

    Also, when I first saw the top photo and the caption zig-zag I didn’t realize the photo wasn’t squared!

    Looks great, do you have another straight on photo?

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