Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lack Table Hack Part 1

I almost didn't want to write this post because one other time I detailed out the build plans for a piece of furniture in our house it never made it past the design stage. . .I'm hoping I am not jinxing myself this time around, but I was pretty excited to share an idea Bob and I had to create an "entertainment center" without actually investing in a huge piece of furniture.

This our current TV stand. It's from IKEA and is a great unit to hold all of our components and fit my 42" Samsung comfortably. (This photo was taken at the old place when we had it up on the wall)
However, to give it some scale - this is how it fits in our new living room. Keep in mind this is a work in progress photo and we have gotten further in setting up the place since this was taken!
That expansive brick wall can be a bit intimidating. We were trying to think of how to create more vertical shelf space and my head went to two recent inspiration areas:
- going to modern furniture stores and seeing back panel entertainment center set ups like this one:
- seeing this headboard made of Lack tabletops on IKEA Hacker.

After doing some measuring and noodling on it for a couple months, we found ourselves with an IKEA cart that looked like this a few weeks ago:
We bought 10 Lack Tables! Now, at $10 a pop for the black-brown color that matches the current TV stand that isn't exactly breaking the bank. (The white tables were only $8, too bad it was a limited sale when it came to color!)

On the car ride home, I started telling Bob how I pictured the shelves attaching to the back panel and we quickly realized we had different views of how this would end up looking in our heads. Uh oh.

Time to break out google sketch up. I downloaded it and left the design to Bob the expert. My half hour playing around resulted in a big ole mess on the page. Did you know you can find specific products to add into the program? Now that was easy.

First up, here was my idea. All Lack tabletops stuck together. 2 rows of 4 and another 2 on the bottom alongside the TV stand. We would put shelves (likely also Lack) in a couple rows. I do worry about the stability of the tops - could they hold a shelf that is in turn holding semi-heavy items? Or would they give out on us.
Next, Bob created his view. Each tabletop on its own, seeing the brick between. Shelves would likely go in between the tabletops, attached to the brick. Our challenge here would be a bit too dizzying an effect when trying to concentrate on the television. Also, I think it makes it more obvious that we just stuck a bunch of tabletops to the wall.
We came to a happy medium: three rows. We can put the shelves either on the brick or on the tabletops, depending on what we think will look and work best.
Next steps will be determining how to attach the tabletops together, how to attach them to the wall and how to attach the shelves! Stay tuned! This project will happen. I am not going to want to stare at these 10 Lack Tables in the guest bedroom for too much longer!


  1. I was picturing your version, but I like the compromise as well.

    I think you should give a tutorial for google sketch!

  2. I think Bob will need to do a guest post for that to happen.