Affordable, accessible, versatile, hackable

Affordable, accessible, versatile, hackable

31 days of cult classics | Modern Mrs Darcy

This modern classic is among IKEA’s most popular products, makes regular appearances in high-end and low-end design mags, and costs eight bucks.

It’s the IKEA LACK side table, and the odds are that if you don’t have one, your neighbor does.

IKEA LACK table. 31 days of cult classics | Modern Mrs Darcy.

This little table–which you have to assemble yourself, activating the IKEA effect–is affordable, accessible, and versatile, the perfect blank canvas when it comes to art and design.

Its versatility–and the “hacks” it invites–earns this plain table cult classic status. There are whole websites devoted to clever modifications–some simple, some far-fetched–of IKEA furniture. The LACK’s adaptability makes it especially popular for hacking.

Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite LACK hacks:

best hacks for cult classic IKEA LACK table: lack nailhead table

I might give this nailhead side table from Clementine & Olive a try. I’m a little obsessed with this look.

Best IKEA hacks for IKEA lack table: custom LACK ottoman

This custom ottoman from the ladies at East Coast Creative uses one LACK table and materials from the craft store.

Best IKEA hacks for IKEA LACK table: DIY LEGO table

I came up with my own IKEA hack and created this LEGO table for my boys’ room out of the basic LACK table.

This last one isn’t for the LACK, but this shelf-turned-bicycle must be one of the best IKEA hacks ever.

Future cult classic? Maybe.

Tell us about your LACK table–or your favorite IKEA hack–in comments. 

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This is the twenty-second post in a series, 31 Days of Cult Classics. You can click here to see a list of all the posts, updated everyday in the month of October.


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  1. Heather says:

    I totally had one of these and threw it out when we moved. Now I wish I would have kept it and turned it into a lego table for my son who LOVES lego. Maybe I’ll go check if it’s still in the back alley behind my old house.

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