I’m sure most of you have heard of the IKEA Lack. It might be the most simple piece of furniture in the history of the universe – four square legs and a square tabletop, sold at IKEA for around ten bucks. It’s very popular to do an IKEA hack with a Lack table, and for our IKEA hack we decided to use two Lacks to make a DIY endtable! The sliding doors might seem intimidating, but if we can do this project, you can too. Keep reading to learn how to make a modern endtable with storage – it will be your favorite ever. We promise!
Ikea Hack: Lack DIY Endtable
Gather These Supplies
- 2 square IKEA Lack tables (keep the hardware!)
- 2 pieces of 24”x48”, ¼” thick white dry erase board
- 2 ¾”x1 ½” pieces of MDF cut to a length of 17 ½”
- 4 table legs and mounting plates
- 4 3” wood screws
- 4 1 ½” wood screws
- White primer (if your MDF comes unpainted)
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Drill and drill bits
- 1” drill bit
- Countersink bit
A Lack table comes with four legs, separate from the table top. You’re going to use two Lack table tops and four of the legs.
Your DIY endtable is created by sliding dry erase board into grooves on the legs of the Lack. So the first thing you have to do is cut the grooves – and each groove is two blade widths wide. Use a table saw set the cut depth to ¼”, then cut a line the length of the table leg ¼” in from the one side. It doesn’t matter which side. Do this on all four legs.
Move the cutting guide over the width of the blade and make another cut down the length of each leg right next to the cut you just made – making the total width of the groove approximately ¼” .
Two legs will have only one ¼” cut in them – but on the other two legs will need additional grooves on perpendicular sides (see the image above).
Attach the legs to the tabletop with the cut grooves as show above. You’ll use the hardware that came with the tables to attach the legs.
Using a table saw, cut three 18” x 15 ¾” panels out of ¼” thick white dry erase board.
Slide the dry erase panels the grooves as shown in the photo above.
Using four 3” wood screws, attach the other table top to the bottom of your structure with the finished side going toward the inside of the cube. There will be an opening on one side where you’re going to insert your doors.
You can purchase MDF board white – however, if yours isn’t white, purchase white primer and paint it before cutting.
Using a miter saw, cut two 17 ½” length pieces out of the ¾”x1 ½” MDF. Using a table saw, cut two ¼” grooves ¼” deep each in your MDF boards approximately ⅜” in from the edge (cut the grooves the same way you cut the grooves in the table legs – two blade widths thick each).
Using a table saw cut two 9 ¼”x14 ¾” pieces of the dry erase board. These will be your doors.
Use a 1” drill bit and and drill a finger pull hole in the upper corners of each door one in the upper left corner and the other in the upper right corner. You want to mark where you drill your 1″ holes on each board so that they are in the same place.
Put the doors into the two grooves of the MDF boards. Place one in the front groove and the second in the back groove. Place the doors so that the finger holes are in the upper right and the upper left corners when shut. You’ll want the thicker lip of the MDF to face the front of the endtable.
Next, place the doors and the MDF guides into the open space in the cube and screw into place using four 1 ½” wood screws. You’ll insert the doors and MDF guides “assembled” into the space. You will drill a pilot hole and then use the countersink bit – then insert the screws and secure (four screws, one in each corner upper and lower).
Flip your DIY endtable over and place the leg mounting plates on as show. Put them in each corner so the legs will angle out to the corners. We got ours at Home Depot. Screw the legs on and flip your table back over!
Your doors will slide open along the tracks of your amazing, new IKEA hack.
I just love our little hacked endtable! Is this an IKEA hack you’d like to try as well? Let me know in the comments!
Want to see another IKEA hack? We did a chair as well – just click on the image below to visit!