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Description: So, my Ikea hack is great for those of you may not be so handy, it requires NO tools. The only thing you need to know is how to calculate surface area (length x width). This is because in order to have a sturdy table, the surface area of the base must cover at least 1/3 of the surface area of the glass top.

I wanted my dining table to have a standard height of about 30″-31″ so I figured out it would take 22 LINNMON table tops stacked on top of each other to get the table to that height. The glass top I used is 42″ x 72″ and has a 1/2″ thickness, I live in Minneapolis and we have Room & Board outlet where you can get these for $100. “Building” or stacking my table started with centering the first LINNMON top on my dining area rug (I wanted my table, once it was finished, centered on that rug).

Then I began to simply stack the table tops on top of each other, each time though I would cantilever one over the other both long ways and short ways – this is the fun part where you can really develop a sculptural like shape in the base. As I stacked I always wanted to make sure that the long side and short side edges of the table tops were running parallel to each other to maintain a clean ordered look.

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I always tried to be aware of where that first centered table top was. As I stacked and moved away from that center I always made sure to come back and then move away again, this was to insure the stability of the base. On the final 3-4 table tops I worked my way back to the center because on the last one I wanted that table top to be lined up as best as possible with bottom one.

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Once I finished stacking, I pushed down down on the stack in the center and all 4 corners to make sure it was sturdy. Finally, my girlfriend helped me to center and place the glass top over the stacked LINNMON tops. The glass top is quite heavy which helps keep the stacked tops all in place. We’ve had the table for over a year now and it has been great, it’s usually the first thing people comment on when they come over for the first time and they can’t believe it’s from Ikea or that the final cost was less than $230.

I’m posting this because I thought that maybe other people might enjoy having something like this too and it doesn’t take a lot of money, time or carpentry/building knowledge. It’s like stacking building blocks.