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Published on November 22nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Sassy LACK Hack Ottoman

Materials: (for one ottoman) LACK side table, 1 yard fabric, 21 5/8″ X 21 5/8″ foam, nail head trim, a hammer and a heavy duty staple gun

Description: Mission: Convert 2 LACK side tables into 2 sassy ottoman stools.

I needed some low profile seating to go in front of my fire place. This was my solution.

This make over was extremely simple.

I cut the foam from with a turkey carving knife.

Then, lay the fabric face down, then stack the foam and table top on top.

If you are using a pattern, make sure it’s aligned. Then being stapling the fabric. Make sure it is the same tension the entire time, so nothing gets pulled weird.

Screw the legs on. If you don’t want the added bling factor, you’re all done. If you do want some sass, then follow my lead and add nailhead trim. I used a strip so that my lines stayed straight.

That’s it! They are sturdy enough to sit on, but I wouldn’t PLOP on it. It might make it slightly wobbly. I am going to go back and add “L” brackets to sturdy them up.

Make sure to check out the full tutorial on my blog.


~ Mekenzie, Salt Lake City

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Jules Yap

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4 Responses to Sassy LACK Hack Ottoman

  1. Arianne says:

    Beautiful!! Were do you buy the nailhead ?? Thank you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    definately not strong enough to sit on…..but ok to put your feet on.

  3. Anonymous says:

    According to Ikea website, those Lacks have a maximum of 25kg capacity. Looks nice, but I definitely wouldn’t sit on one, just not safe.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Totally not my style, but I have to admit, they do look good.

    That said, I wouldn’t ever sit on my Lacks, they just are not sturdy enough. You call them ottomans, but then write you needed low level seating. The Lack’s single-screw leg attachment as well as the veneer over cardboard top make your “ottoman seats” an accident waiting to happen.

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