Published on July 4th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Over Sofa Table

To friends and readers in the US, happy happy July 4th! ~ Jules

Materials: Fabian / Lack / Ekby / Assorted Screws / Stain

Description: Underwhelmed by the selection of over sofa tables on the market, especially for the price. (Including Ikea’s Stockholm table.) Opted to hack my own! Two Fabian wall shelves. Four Ekby Stodis brackets. One Lack wall shelf.

Placed the two Fabians perpendicular and braced with two of the supplied metal Fabian brackets. Attached two Ekby brackets for increased stability. Attached two more Ekby brackets to the Lack top.

Then attached Ekby / Lack piece to the Fabian shelf. Voila! A new over sofa table that cost around $25.00.

One tip: choose screw sizes carefully lest you screw through the Fabian shelves. After assembly, we stained the table. In retrospect, we should have stained before assembly but we first wanted to see if this even worked. Presumably, this hack can be altered style and color wise to meet your own tastes. Enjoy!

~ Michael Beatrice, Los Angeles, CA

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33 Responses to Over Sofa Table

  1. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of a 7 year old bringing home a piece of artwork from school and sticking it on the fridge and all of the grownups saying “Wow good job!” I’m sure Michael is a big boy and can handle criticism. I just hate it when people give positive comments just for the sake of being nice.

  2. Felix says:

    Come on guys, don’t be that mean!

    It’s not my taste either, but it reminds me of my two Fabians I have lying around, and that I could do something unusual with them…. =]

  3. Anonymous says:

    nice but make sure you dont step/kick on the sharp edge of the emtal bracket… ouch..

  4. Crazytownmuk says:

    For some, function over form. No crime in that. Besides, your roof, your rules. Use that little table well!

  5. Linda Eg says:

    I think the idea is great and that inspires me to try some of the ways it has been assembled… ;)

  6. Anonymous says:

    people who happen on this site the 1st time typically see the newest submissions. Seeing several badly clobbered together hacks in a row will make them leave this site quickly and wont turn them into repeat visitors.
    Obviously it’s Jules site, she decides what makes it on here. But she does need to hear from everyone, not just from people who say to everything: “Good job, nicely done”, no matter what the sad hack looks like.

    • Michael Beatrice says:

      I appreciate your reasoned response. I think a newcomer to this site — or a first time hacker like me — is more likely to be chased away by the vitriol. Jules says “Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity… Hopefully, their hacks will inspire you, perhaps even amuse.” And if they don’t: “IKEAHackers.net reserves the right to remove comments that do not contribute constructively to the discussion, contain profanity, personal attacks…”

      It’s all subjective. This side table for example got rave reviews, but I personally don’t like it: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/01/another-frosta-side-table.html

      Every indefatigable, I shall return to the drawing board. ;)

      Best, Mike

  7. Michael Beatrice says:

    All the hate is making my like my lil’ sofa table even more! The ugly duckling, so to speak. It’s not DaVinci, but I had a need and solved it via hacking. I showed my wife the posts and asked, “It’s not that bad, is it? She looked at me and said, “well, not THAT bad.” So, yes, my wife agrees w/ you all.

    A guy commenting on the recent Double Deck Rast says hacks like mine turn regulars to this site off. I don’t get that. There’s a zillion hacks on this site; something for everyone.

    BTW here are the over-sofa tables I was not enthused by, including Ikea’s.





  8. Anonymous says:

    I agree that it’s not the prettiest hack, but I can see how it could be useful – especially when it’s off to the side of a sofa and the only part you see is the part where you rest your laptop…or a drink, or a plate, or something else while the body of the table is hidden against a wall or between furniture.

    Sheesh. Looks like the blog’s been overrun by haters. Haters gonna hate, and don’t feed the trolls. My money’s on it mostly being one poor bored guy in his basement on July 4th because he has nothing else to do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry but this “hack” looks like something a “poor bored guy in his basement” would make.

  9. majeral says:

    Why so much nasty-nes? I understand why you all are anonymous fraid to say who you are? It is ok for what it is. Be nice is cost so little. He did not ask for help just sharing.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Lulu and Snappy. At least this person got up off of their posterior and made the effort to create. That in itself deserve appreciation. Nicely done, Michael.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, über ugly submission triggers über corny comments.

      All that’s missing is a suggestion to decorate this stunning feat of a hack with tricolor maccaroni.

    • Anonymous says:

      Speaking of uber corny: pot, meet kettle.

      Seriously, put the snark to rest. It just makes you look like a sad, little person with nothing worthwhile to say.

  11. Snappy says:

    I really like this and will probably try to make one. While you may be able to buy one already made and cheaper, there is the priceless satisfaction of having made something you need with your own two hands. Good job, Michael :-)

  12. Lulu says:

    Why is everyone so negative? Sure, I have seen some “ugly” hacks before – but isn’t this site supposed to show hacks so that other people can get ideas or inspiration? You may not use this for a sofa table, but I’m sure other people would do the same if they found something similar from the As-Is section.

    Constructive criticism doesn’t cost you anything!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yup, hack of the year for sure! … so far at least.
    So often IKEA Hacks just make cheap furniture look cheaper, but this jumbled piece of jerry rigged hillbilly brilliance is the sort of thing that keeps me coming back to this site!

    • Anonymous says:

      Really? Hillbilly “brilliance”? My, my,…. aren’t you a step ahead of everyone else!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello Anonymous replier to my anonymous statement. I hate that I am anonymous but I just casually come to this site and I really do come to see stuff like this.
      It seems people are in a tizzy over “negative comments” but mine really was coming from a place of being entertained by this sort of thing.
      Good design is everywhere this can be fun and refreshing… like cleaning the pallet

    • Anonymous says:

      Awesomely crafty Freudian slip! :) Cleaning the pallet/cleansing the palate!!! :) love it!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hands, down this just won hack of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a piece of junk

  16. David says:

    Sorry but that looks horrific – if you can afford an Apple Macbook buy a nice table.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I like it! Very clever!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Why spend $20 on something that looks nice, when you can spend $25 on something ugly that you cobbled together.

    Dave stand – 20 bucks – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00120818/

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that’s real ugly, but it’s OK for an apple

  21. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I think it just looks awful

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