Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Jules Yap


IKEA Lack bookcase to bench

Materials: IKEA Lack

Description: Well, my hack was inspired by this site, I just wanted to share the result, as it is my first project :)

Used an IKEA Lack bookcase 1×4 bought from a used furniture local website.

As the shelf was pretty scratched and dark brown, which didn’t match anything in my apartment, it needed repainting.

What I did:

- sanded it pretty well
- gave it 2 coats of white primer
- gave it 2 coats of white glossy paint
- bought foam, fabric for the cushion cover, cardboard and colored paper for the back
- to make the cushion I just first used an old bed sheet I had to make an inside cover, superficially sown by hand
- sown by hand the cover as well, it was easier than I thought and the result was better than what I expected :)
then slid the cushion in and tucked the sides inside
- for the back of the bookcase I cut the cardboard to cover the openings, decided on a chevron pattern so I printed one online, drew it on my colored paper, cut it with an Exacto knife and glued it on the white cardboard.

That’s it.

See more photos of the Lack bench.

~ Julia, Montreal

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

13 Responses to IKEA Lack bookcase to bench

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think this shelf I better than the expedit ones but this one is no longer available. :(

  2. Anonymous says:

    yeah curious to know how much weight can they take?

  3. thank you for correcting it to Lack, the bookcase was bought used .. i thought it was an expedit :) the thick dividers did look different from the expedit ones…

    i bought the foam and material for the cover, foam is too soft though, a firmer one would work better

  4. Jessica says:

    How much weight can that safetly hold? I was thinking about getting two of these and creating some bed storage.

  5. Jules Yap says:

    Yes, it is definitely a Lack. Have changed it. Thanks for your sharp eyes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just really happy to have found a website where people speak my language (IKEA). Using the name of the series to describe what it is and (generally) having people understand immediately exactly what you mean.
    My unit is full of Billy, a Benno tv unit, Vika Amon desk, Ribba frames, and Lack coffee table (all in birch). I won’t need photos for most of you to know what my unit looks like.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is not an EXPEDIT bookcase. EXPEDIT have prefectly square compartments and thin dividers.

    This is definitely a LACK bookcase that is not available anymore. I have four of those at home. They have rectangular compartments and thick dividers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    No thats definitely an expedit

  9. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get that long pillow from?

  10. Sasy says:

    That’s not an Expedit, it’s a Lack.
    Other than that: nice job. :)

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