Linen-wrapped nightstand using IKEA LACK side tables

linen wrapped nightstand

I needed a new nightstand, and all of the linen-wrapped nightstands I saw online were much more expensive than I wanted to spend. 

Linen-wrapped furniture would have fit perfectly in my space, but unfortunately, their price tags were well above what I wanted to pay for a single side table. In the end, I decided to make a linen side table out of the LACK side table.

IKEA items used: 

Lack side table
Photo: IKEA.com

Other materials and tools: 

  • 2×2 @8ft
  • 1×5 @6ft
  • 1×3 @6ft
  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Wood shims
  • Wood glue
  • Kreg jig and Kreg screws
  • Ring pull hardware
  • Joint compound
  • Textured wallpaper
  • 3″ wood screws
  • Drawer slides
  • Brad nailer
  • Brad nails
  • 2′ metal ruler
  • Speed square
  • Mini level
  • 2’x2′ plywood at 1/4″ thick
  • Sandpaper block

How to hack a Linen-wrapped nightstand: 

Step 1: Fill hollow legs.

One of the big problems with trying to use LACK tables is that the legs are hollow. So in order to use them to build anything, you need to fill them with wood.  

1. Cut off a few inches from the bottoms of LACK table legs until the hollow cavity is exposed. Make sure all legs are the same length.

2. Insert 2x2s into hollow table legs, and mark where the legs end.

3. Use a miter saw to cut 2x2s to where you marked

4. Put wood glue on two sides of 2x2s, and fill hollow legs with cut 2x2s. There will still be little space between the wood and two sides of the legs. Fill these gaps with wood shims. You just need material in the legs that nails can hold onto.

Step 2: Assemble the LACK table with filled legs.

1. Take the LACK table with shortened, filled legs and assemble it following IKEA’s instructions. 

2. Try to screw on the legs as tightly as possible. 

Step 3: Add side frames.

drawer
Photo Credit: Yurie M.

1. Measure spaces between legs for the two sides and back of the nightstand, and use a miter saw to cut the 1×5 to those lengths. 

2. Use Kreg jig and Kreg screws (follow manufacturer’s instructions) to secure boards between legs. 

Step 4: Add drawer slides.

drawer
Photo Credit: Yurie M.

In order for drawer slides to work, the inner surface between the legs where the drawer slide is installed needs to be completely level/smooth.

You will notice that this is not the case because the legs are about 2″ thick, and the board you added for the sides is only 3/4″ thick. 

1. Cut a piece of 1×5 to the length between side legs. Cut this piece of wood in half horizontally. You should end up with two pieces of 1×2.5.

2. Using wood shims to make sure the 1×2.5 lies level between the two legs, attach this piece using a Kreg jig and screws 

3. Add drawer slides per drawer slide instructions.

Step 5: Build the drawer box.

1. Measure the opening between the left and right front legs and subtract 1″

2. Cut the plywood to this width using a circular saw. The length is determined by the length of the drawer slide.

3. Use a miter saw to cut 1×3 to build all sides of the drawer box.

4. Use Kreg jig and screws to assemble the drawer box.

5. Attach the plywood bottom using a brad nailer.

Step 6: Add drawer slides to the drawer box.

drawer
Photo Credit: Yurie M.

Follow drawer slide instructions to add drawer slides to the drawer box. Drill pilot holes beforehand. 

Step 7: Attach the bottom LACK table.

1. Turn the nightstand built so far upside down so the legs are up in the air

2. Stack the tabletop of the second LACK table on the legs of the first table with the holes for the legs to screw into facing the sky.

3. Drill 3″ wood screws through the tabletop into the legs of the first table (make sure you are drilling into where the 2x2s are and not into the gaps), avoiding the holes where the legs of the second table will be attached to.

4. Cut the legs of the bottom LACK table to the desired length. Make sure all legs are the same length and preserve the ends with holes to screw the legs onto the table. 

5. Add shortened legs to the second table.

Step 8: Smooth all joints.

compound
Photo Credit: Yurie M.

Due to the imperfect nature of LACK tables, the surface of the legs and table tops will often not align smoothly. In order to wrap the table with textured wallpaper, it is best to smooth out all of these uneven joints using a joint compound. 

This step is the most time-consuming because the joint compound takes 24 hours to dry, and you want to apply it in thin layers. Apply joint compound to any uneven surfaces, sand down, then repeat until joints are all smooth.

Step 9: Fit and attach the drawer front to the drawer box.

Cut the drawer front from 1×5 using a miter saw and attach it to the drawer box with a brad nailer.

Step 10: Wrap the nightstand with wallpaper.

linen-wrapped nightstand close up
Photo Credit: Yurie M.

Follow the guide on wrapping a table in this video.

Make sure to wipe off any dust created by sanding the joint compound before applying wallpaper. Drill hole for hardware and add ring pull hardware.

linen-wrapped nightstand ikea LACK hack
Photo Credit: Yurie M.
linen-wrapped nightstand ikea LACK hack
Linen wrapped nightstand | Photo Credit: Yurie M.

How long and how much did it cost?

linen-wrapped nightstand ikea LACK hack
Linen-wrapped nightstand hack | Photo Credit: Yurie M.

This linen-wrapped nightstand was a side project that I did not work on every day. It took about 3 weeks and cost about $100 ($60 for a 27′ roll of wallpaper, the wood was the cheapest pine wood from a big chain hardware store, and most of the tools I already had, LACK tables were $9.99 each)

What was the hardest part about this hack?

Smoothing joints with joint compound and wrapping wallpaper.

~ by Yurie M