Materials: Lack wall shelf, feet and hardware from hardware store, paint, screws, piece of plywood
Description: My Malm nightstand wasn’t working for me, so I hacked a Lack. I wanted to use it as a tower but didn’t trust it to stand unaided, and bolting it directly to the wall would make it awkward to reach from the bed. I also needed one larger area for my lamp.
So I screwed some feet to a piece of painted plywood cut to the same size as the “bottom” of the unit, then screwed that plywood to the bottom in the areas I was pretty sure there was solid wood. (Added bonus: the plywood came from an old IKEA computer desk, name lost to antiquity.) I attached one shelf to the backside, and used the bracket provided to attach that shelf to the wall.
I was going to glue the plywood to the bottom of the unit, but, as it turned out, there is a small (1/8″) lip hanging down from the back piece, so there is a gap between the plywood and the bottom shelf. I need to shove something in there — a paint stir stick across the front, perhaps?
I don’t have a lot of woodworking experience so the execution wasn’t as perfect as I’d hoped, but it functions just as well as I imagined. Not bad, for my first hack!
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.