Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Simple But Effective Occasional Table

Materials: Lack Shelf, Vika Adils Legs

Description: A very simple hack. I didn’t like the Malm occasional table (or the $130 price tag) so I built one for $34. I combined the 74″ Lack Shelf with 4 Vika Adils legs. I have the low headboard Malm, for the high headboard the Vika Kaj legs would be better.

Freestanding it’s not the most stable but behind the headboard its solid as a rock, it is about 1/2″ lower than the headboard which provides a nice lip to keep items from falling on your head.

~ Matt Hannan, Wheat Ridge, CO

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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".

8 Responses to Simple But Effective Occasional Table

  1. Nikki says:

    THANK YOU for this! I want to install a very narrow shelf behind my couch. I have a long living room so the shelf can’t be super wide and I don’t want to nail it to the wall because there’s a window there. I bought two Adils legs (it won’t fit 4) and a 2×6 but was wondering if having it wedged between the wall and the couch would make it sturdy enough. You just validated my thought so I know it will work!

  2. Anonymous says:

    does the color matches??

  3. Anonymous says:

    Verry nice ! Simple & smart good-done-work ! Congrat !

  4. narz says:

    Phone chargers and the like I assume..

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m confused. There are wires hanging out all over the place… what’s that all about?

  6. livetolist says:

    Perfectconcepts – I have a hack with a wider ‘ledge’ – based on using another Malm bed (bought second hand), and using the ‘foot’ part as the ‘ledge’. Hope it gets posted sometime soon! It’s on my blog too

  7. Emma says:

    I did the same thing, but just mounted the shelf to the wall. But I can see how this would be better for renters.

  8. perfectconcepts says:

    Its pretty good and nice. I would like to install if also had more width. This specified width of headboard in the image is not sufficient. Looking for a width hardboard. And tanks for giving the price over here.

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