Ikea Albert morning/make-up table

Materials: Albert racks; tea box

Description: Hey guys, remember this? Welcome back to “fun with Albert”.

Essentially, this hack takes 1 full Albert rack (set sideways) and a few of the horizontal boards extra (that are left over if you do the clothes rack Albert hack that the link above points to). All there really is to it, is screwing the extra boards onto the rack. You need to pre-drill the holes, because the wood will otherwise burst.

That said, after actually doing this I realised I might’ve been better off doing this with the Gorm 78×55 model.

The width of the Albert is just a bit too low for a table (just over 60 centimetres), where as the Gorm is 10 centimetres wider and the table height should be just right (70 centimetres is also the standard of most Ikea table legs). Also, you can probably manage with just one (entire) Gorm for that hack, or get an additional set of shelves for it.

In the middle, I inserted a tea box with a glass lid from a different store. It didn’t “exactly fit” – it exactly didn’t fit. I loosened a few screws to get the extra 2 millimetres of space I needed to insert the box. The lid can be opened and you can keep all kinds of odds and bits in there.

~ Liz