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IKEA Lack Hack: End Table with Storage

A DIY end table with storage for under $60?? We did it with two square Lack tables! You’ll love the modern design of this IKEA end table hack and the sliding doors on the front. Click here to get the tutorial.

Skills Required: Advanced Beginner. You’ll need to be able to use a table saw, miter saw, and operate a drill.

DIY End Table Made with Two IKEA Lack Tables for Under $60

I’m sure you have heard of the IKEA Lack. Okay, maybe not, but the Lack is pretty cool. 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.

DIY End Table

It’s very popular to do hacks with an IKEA end table, and for our hack we decided to use two Lacks to make a DIY end table with storage!

We did this entire project for a little less than $60 total, including the legs. 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 DIY side table with storage  – it will be your favorite ever. We promise!

Why Hack an IKEA End Table?

It’s so easy to turn two Lacks into a DIY side table because they are essentially squares that you are putting together. You’ll need two table tops and four legs total (so you’ll have four legs leftover).

You’ll form a box with those parts, and the only “technical” part is adding the grooves for the doors. And that part is relatively easy! Also . . . who can beat the price of an IKEA end table? They are so cheap!

IKEA Lack Hack

Gather These Supplies

  • 2 square IKEA Lack tables (keep the hardware!)
  • 2 pieces of 24” x 48”, ¼” thick white dry erase board
  • 2 ¾”x 1 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)

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill and drill bits
  • 1” drill bit
  • Countersink bit

A Lack IKEA end table comes with four legs, separate from the table top. As I mentioned, you’re going to use two Lack table tops and four of the legs.

Cutting Lack table legs

Your end table 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. When you make your cuts for this project – use a finishing blade. It will keep you from tearing up any parts of your project.

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.

DIY end table - make a second cut down one leg

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”.

DIY side table - adding grooves to the table legs

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).

DIY IKEA end table - attaching the table legs

Attach the legs to the tabletop with the cut grooves as shown 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. Take care as you cut your board and be careful not to chip the ends or corners. This particular board can be somewhat delicate.

DIY end table - sliding in the dry erase panels
DIY end table - sliding in the dry erase panels

Slide the panels into the grooves as shown in the photo above.

DIY side table - add the other table top using screws
DIY IKEA end table - add the other table top using screws

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.

DIY endtable - add grooves to the MDF

You can purchase MDF board in 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”x 14 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.

DIY endtable - screw the MDF boards into the IKEA tables

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 DIY end table.

Next, place the doors and the MDF guides into the open space in your DIY side table 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).

Tip: the countersink bit allows you to recess the screws below the surface. You don’t *have* to do this, but it looks more finished and clean, in my opinion.

DIY side table - screw on the table leg base
DIY side table - screw on the table leg

Flip your DIY side table over and place the leg mounting plates on as shown. 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 end table back over!

DIY End Table Made with Two IKEA Lack Tables for Under $60

Your doors will slide open along the tracks of your amazing, new DIY side table. And you don’t have to worry about them coming out because they are secured in the grooves! How do you like your IKEA Lack hack?

Tip: you can write on the doors of your IKEA end table with dry erase markers. We haven’t done it, but it’s a fun idea if you like writing notes to your roommates :D. We just bought this particular board because it was white and lightweight!

DIY side table using two Lack tables

I just love our little hacked DIY end table! Is this an IKEA hack you’d like to try as well? Let me know in the comments!

Yield: 1 end table

IKEA Lack Hack

DIY side table using two Lack tables

Learn how to hack two IKEA Lack tables and turn them into an end table with storage!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Advanced Beginner
Estimated Cost $50

Materials

  • IKEA Lack tables - 2
  • 2 pieces of 24” x 48”, ¼” thick white dry erase board
  • 2 ¾”x 1 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 (optional)

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill and drill bits
  • 1” drill bit
  • Countersink bit

Instructions

  1. Open your Lack tables and set aside the hardware. You're going to use four of the eight legs that come with the tables.
  2. 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.
  3. 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”.
  4. Two legs will need additional grooves on perpendicular sides for the sliding portion. Repeat step three on two legs.
  5. Attach the legs to the tabletop with the cut grooves. The two legs with additional cuts should be on the same side. You'll use the hardware that came with the tables to attach the legs.
  6. Using a table saw, cut three 18” x 15 ¾” panels out of ¼” thick white dry erase board. Take care as you cut your board; particular board can be somewhat delicate. Slide the panels into the grooves.
  7. 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.
  8. If the MDF isn't white, prime it at this time. Let dry.
  9. Using a miter saw, cut two 17 ½” length pieces out of the ¾”x1 ½” MDF.
  10. Using a table saw, cut two ¼” grooves ¼” deep each in your MDF boards approximately ⅜” in from the edge (two blade widths thick).
  11. Using a table saw cut two 9 ¼”x 14 ¾” pieces of the dry erase board. These will be your doors.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Place the doors and the MDF guides into the open space in your DIY side table and screw into place using four 1 ½” wood screws. You'll insert the doors and MDF guides "assembled" into the space.
  15. Flip the table over and place the leg mounting plates on as shown. Put them in each corner so the legs will angle out to the corners. Screw the legs on and flip your end table back over.

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