DIY Nightstand: IKEA LACK table hack

On one of my very frequent trips to IKEA, I found inexpensive LACK tables that were the perfect color to work as nightstands in my bedroom .  The only problem was that they were too low for my bed. At $13 each, it was worth trying to find a way to make them work. My solution? Cut the legs of one table and stalk another table on top it!

This is a very simple project that took about an hour – all you need is a miter box and hack saw, a speed square, some masking tape and “Liquid Nails” glue:

Step 1: Put masking tape around the legs of the bottom table, where you want to make your cut (make sure you measure from the top of the leg down). It helps protect the finish when you cut the leg. I made my bottom legs 4″ tall.

Step 2: Using a speed square, mark the exact measurement on each side of the leg.

Step 3: The legs are hallow so they are easy to cut with a miter box and hack saw (you’ll want to use a fine tooth saw to minimize tearing of the finish). I found that cutting one side at a time helps to get a straighter cut.

 

Step 4: Check that all the legs are exactly the same height. You can use sandpaper stapled to a piece of wood to make any minor adjustments

Step 5: I screwed the legs into the bottom table and then used liquid nails to secure the legs from the top table to the top of the bottom table.

And just like that, I was able to have my nightstands that are the prefect height and colorful for my bedroom, all for just $26 each! 

 You can see all the steps to make the nightstands and how I made the headboard, in this video:

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Lynita

    Very cool idea! We don’t have IKEA in OK but I can see that with a little ingenuity, the basic re-design can fit some of the matching pieces I find at flea markets. Thank you!!!

    • Isabelle

      Thanks and you’re welcome! It’s definitely an idea that can work with other types of tables!

  2. Jeri

    Rate this in the top ten of your ideas.

  3. Deeners

    You are so clever. I love your ideas and skills.

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