I needed a new bookshelf and love the design and look of IKEA LACK shelves. But I have never had a positive experience with the so-called “hidden” bracket that comes standard with the IKEA LACK shelf, no matter what the shelf length.
And since this long shelf would be mounted high above the desk where I work, I especially would not — under any circumstances — trust a LACK shelf mounted with the hidden bracket (no matter how securely) to hold more than a few pounds without tipping down at the front edge or actually failing, especially here in earthquake country.
So I decided to use 4 external metal brackets that together can hold a combined weight of 160 pounds, if installed into studs (as these are). A foot of books weighs about 20 pounds, so 120 pounds of books on this shelf is well within limits.
To securely anchor the brackets to the underside of the LACK shelf (which isn’t solid but a paper honeycomb structure) I used these clever metal hollow door fasteners. These are also useful on the underside of IKEA LINNMON desktops.
I’m quite pleased with the results. The LACK shelf itself is such a beautiful, simple, sturdy, environmentally friendly, and superbly designed product!
But I hope my experience gives IKEA customers who love LACK shelves an option to IKEA’s hidden bracket approach, which I think is flawed at best.
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.