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IKEA Lack Table Hack: Get 20 Genius Ideas!

The Lack side table is under $10 at IKEA; If you want to try an IKEA Lack table hack of your own, you’ll love this collection of projects!

20 ideas for an IKEA Lack table hack

If you are into IKEA hacks, there’s almost no better item to try than IKEA’s Lack table. At under $10 for an entire table, there’s almost no risk in purchasing one or more and trying a side table hack of your very own.

The Lack side table comes in five colors (sometimes they add a fun color just because) which gives you a lot of possibilities for projects to try.


Just because the Lack is cheap doesn’t mean you want it to look that way, right? That’s where some well planned IKEA hacks come into play – and there are tons of ways to hack the Lack side table and turn it into the home decor piece you really want. Some of these IKEA Lack hacks look a bit more upscale and others are just really fun.

Choosing an IKEA Side Table to Hack

If you take a peek at the list of IKEA end tables they have online, you can see immediately why hacking the Lack is so popular. It’s not just the fact that it’s cheap, but it’s also because the table essentially forms a large box.

The top is completely square at 21 5/8″ x 21 5/8″, while the legs are 17 3/4″ long. The fact that a Lack is (almost) square makes it really easy to stack, and very straightforward when it comes to cutting, gluing, or screwing.

I can see why an IKEA Lack hack is one of the first IKEA hacks that people try. It’s great for beginners – no expertise required except for a basic knowledge of tools!

Tools for an IKEA Lack Hack

This post shows what your Lack side table looks like inside. Basically the top has a special honeycomb type construction that means it’s not solid wood but it can still hold weight. The legs are hollow except for small pieces of particle board at the top and bottom. Now you know why the table is so lightweight!

Because the Lack isn’t solid, you’re going to want to use a finishing blade on a regular miter saw to cut the the legs. I recommend figuring out where you want your cut, marking it, and then placing a piece of painter’s tape all the way around the leg.

You’ll cover the mark but you’ll still be able to see it if you used a black marker. Cutting the leg at the tape mark gives you a clean cut and keeps any splintering from happening.

Cutting the Top of a Lack

When you cut the top, I recommend drawing your shape first – let’s use a rectangle as an example. Draw the rectangle and then drill into the four corners (doesn’t matter what size). Don’t drill down through the bottom.

Use a jig saw to connect one drilled hole to another. Again – don’t go through the bottom; only the top layer.

Use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to cut out that portion of honeycomb. Then repeat the process above on the underside, measuring so that it exactly matches the rectangle you made on the top (obviously a measuring tape will be required). Sand the cut edges to finish.

IKEA Lack Hacks

Are you ready to hack a cheap-yet-attractive IKEA side table into the DIY of your dreams? I’m excited for you to see what I pulled together; just scroll down and let me know which IKEA Lack table hack is your favorite!

Lack side table with gold embellishments

I love the pleather that Chelsea added to the top of this IKEA side table – and the upholstery nail trim makes it look even more sophisticated.

DIY IKEA Lack table upgrade at Lovely Indeed

In this IKEA hack you'll make a DIY endtable out of square Lack tables! You'll love the modern design and the sliding doors on the front.

In this IKEA Lack table hack, you’re going to create an end table with sliding doors. It’s easier than it looks!

IKEA Hack Lack DIY Endtable at DIY Candy

Two IKEA end tables turned into an ottoman

Who knew that a couple of IKEA end tables could be turned into expensive looking ottomans? This idea is genius.

Lack tables to upholstered ottomans at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

An IKEA side table turned into a Wooly Willy game

This could be my favorite IKEA Lack hack of all time – turn one into a huge Wooly Willy game, complete with iron fillings for the hair.

Wooly Willy table at Instructables

IKEA Lack Hack - kids kitchen

Take this genius idea and turn your Lack into a mini play kitchen. It’s a two part blog and it’s in German, but it’s worth seeing (and you can translate it).

Kids kitchen at LiFinchen

IKEA side table hack with upgraded legs

This IKEA side table got a major improvement with decorative wood legs and trim. I especially love the turquoise touches!

DIY IKEA lack side table revamp at My So Called Crafty Life

Re-do a Lack side table with bottlecaps and grout

Finally, there’s something to do with your bottlecap collection! I love this revamped Lack top, made with grout.

DIY cheap and chic bottlecap table at My So Called Crafty Life

Three IKEA end tables stacked to make a shelf

Grab four IKEA end tables for an interesting display bookshelf for your living room.

Former Lack to corner shelf hack at Live From B5

IKEA Lack hack - wall shelf

This tutorial turns an entire Lack side table into a shelf – using the legs for the displays.

9 cheap and cheerful home ideas at Redbook

IKEA lack hack - magazine storage

This IKEA Lack hack is so useful! You can just store magazines or other goodies in the fabric storage pouch cut down into the center.

Customize IKEA Lack table at Joli Place

Two IKEA end tables altered with large vinyl flowers

Monica used bamboo veneer to create these large silhouettes – making a bold statement on her two IKEA end tables.

Bamboo veneer flowers + IKEA Lack tables at Crafty Nest

Turn a Lack side table into a dog bed

This is a puppy bed made for a king (or queen)! You can use the Lack table as your frame and create any shape headboard you like.

Converted dog bed at IKEA Hackers

IKEA lack table hack - LEGO storage

Keep Legos off of the floor (and from permanently mangling your feet) by making a table that doubles as a play center and storage.

DIY play table at Quaintly Garcia

Turn an IKEA side table into a kitchen island

This double-deck Lack kitchen island is brilliant, especially if you have a small kitchen.

How to make a kitchen island at Apartment Therapy

IKEA Lack hack using rope and glue

Give the Lack a completely different look by adding placemats and rope to cover.

Faux native table at What Else Michelle

Lack side table modification with corbels

You can get corbels at the home improvement store, and they completely changes the look of the IKEA Lack. You’ll just need strong glue to keep them in place (like Titebond) and then you’ll want to paint the entire table to match.

(the blog is no longer available so use the photo for inspiration)

IKEA Lack table hack using chalkboard paint and a bucket to hold the chalk

“Real” chalkboard tables are expensive – you’ll just need a Lack and chalkboard paint to make one.

IKEA Lack chalk hack at Daddy Types

Turn IKEA end tables into game boards with vinyl

No painting required – you can turn Lack tables into game boards using vinyl.

Monthly classic at Livet Hemma

A Lack side table gets a whole new look with overlays

Overlays are a great way to give a new look to a piece of furniture, and they work with the Lack really well.

Embellishing a Lack table at Amy Krist

Two IKEA end tables become a coffee table

This simple hack turns the tables into cubes, but I love how they look as a coffee table when you put two together.

Converting IKEA Lack tables into cube side tables at The Kim Collective

Turn an IKEA end table into a coffee table with storage

Use two Lack tables to create a coffee table with inside storage.

Lack tables get a new life at IKEA Hackers

IKEA Lack end table with new wood top and painted, stenciled design

This stenciled and chalk painted tabletop makes the Lack look like a million bucks.

Making of little table at Melissa’s Caribbean Style Decor

IKEA Lack side table with contact paper

I love maps on everything, and that includes this map and decoupage table revamp in this Lack hack.

A little IKEA Lack map hack at Operation Home

Give an IKEA end table a lighted top in this Lack hack

Add a light to the inside of an IKEA side table to turn it into a fun toy that the kids will love.

DIY light table at Katy and Zucchini

In this IKEA lack table hack, three dog bowls were added to the top

My dogs push their bowls around the kitchen floor when they eat – it would be nice to have them stay in one place. This IKEA Lack table hack went straight to the dogs!

Dog diner at IKEA Hackers

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Sunday 16th of June 2019

Hi! Thank you for sharing these ideas. Would you have the link for the stenciled lack?


Monday 11th of June 2018

These are really cool. I just did a #diy #ikealackhack project recent. It's geared more towards photographers that do photogrammetry, but could easily make an interesting serving table too since it uses a lazy susan. Could even add some internal lighting as well.


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Hi ! I'd like to ask you if it is possible to change the url of the ikea hack picture sending to my article about customizing an ikea lack table.

the one you're using is not available anymore :) you'd be very kind to replace it by the following url : :

Thank you very much best sophie


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Done and thank you Sophie!