Children LACK+DUPLO+06-791601

Published on July 7th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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LACK kids’ table for LEGO, DUPLO or just crayons





Materials: LACK table, SAMLA boxes

Description: The LACK table is a bit too short to cover two of the 5 l SAMLA boxes, but I didn’t expect it to be compatible. After all, it’s not LEGO. ;-)

You’ll need (Picture 1) one LACK table (55×55 cm), 4 racks of about 50 cm length for 4 5 l SAMLA boxes or two racks for 2 11 l boxes, the SAMLA boxes, 8 to 12 small screws, a drill and a pencil.

Cost 4,99 € for the LACK table, 4 x 0,79 € for the SAMLA boxes, 5,60 € for the racks and about 0,50 for the screws (I didn’t have to buy them, it’s only an estimate).

There were two racks with a cross section like this |_| of 110 cm length, which I cut in half, so each half is about 50,5 cm. I could probably have gotten a longer one and cut it in quarters, but then I had to transport it on my bike, which is much easier with 1 m long racks.

Then I drilled three holes into each rack, with a slightly larger diameter than the head of the screws.

I put some wood in between to make the drilling easier. I used wood drills, because they work well with plastic and they have that nice pointy top.

Through those holes, I drilled some smaller ones for the screws.

Then I took the LACK table top, marked the half and put the first rack with the opening facing away from the middle right next to the line. I fixed it with two screws, but you can use three as well. Then I put the second rack “back on back” to the first and fixed it as well. After that, You can use a SAMLA box as a guide. But take it off before you start the screwing. :D

After fixing the racks, I added the legs to the table.

You could stop there and use the boxes for crayons or any other toy.

I haven’t got a DUPLO baseplate yet, so I used a LEGO size one as a placeholder (Picture 6). As DUPLO is exactly double the size of LEGO (hence the name, in case you didn’t know), it worked anyway. As soon as I have a DUPLO baseplate, I will fix it with double-sided sticky tape. Just in case, he likes those toys and wants to switch to LEGO later.

His 1st birthday is in September, but I’m not sure I can wait that long to give it to him. Maybe, he’ll just get some new DUPLO parts instead. He doesn’t know what “birthday” is, anyway.

~ Anne, Berlin, Germany

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8 Responses to LACK kids’ table for LEGO, DUPLO or just crayons

  1. mydecoreview says:

    Best fit for kids room

  2. Great idea! Here’s ours from a Walmart table as we are not near and IKEA.
    http://www.homedaycrafts.com/2012/07/lego-table-hack.html

  3. what is the name of the white plastic racks? There’s no Samla racks in the online IKEA guide that I can see anywhere?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this hack! I too would love to know where you purchased the plastic racks – I’ve searched high and low to no avail!

  5. Anonymous says:

    love it but having a hard time finding ANY plastic racks or tracks that will work as well.. any updates or ideas??

  6. Anonymous says:

    Here is an idea I just had after my last post! I’m going to buy a long peice of wood (like a 1×1 or a 2×2) and I am going to cut a “tray” into it so it will look and act like this racking and I plan to paint it white to match my white table.

  7. Jon Fox says:

    Ikea don’t sell the ‘racking’, however if you Google ‘plastic channel’ you should be able to find what you need.

    I haven’t purchased the samla box yet so unsure what size I need but have found a variety of stockists selling a wide range of channeling at reasonable prices here in the UK.

  8. Cora says:

    Great idea! Thanks! FYI, the regular lego plates fit both duplo and regular lego bricks so you could use the regular one and have a table to grow into! :)

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