29 Stylish IKEA Lack Table Hacks; From Bargain to Beautiful

Sometimes you just need an affordable coffee table or side table.  These awesome Ikea Lack Table Hacks and the perfect item to upcycle and make your own.

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The Lack series from IKEA is beautifully simple, like a blank canvas, ready to be turned into a work of art! Be inspired by these 29 IKEA Lack table hacks.

29 Stylish IKEA Lack Table Hacks


The Lack series from IKEA is beautifully simple, like a blank canvas, just ready to be turned into a work of art! Read on to be inspired by 29 IKEA Lack table hacks, including both the Lack side table and the Lack coffee table.

Elevated Lack Side Table

IKEA Lack end table hack, Designing by Numbers featured on Remodelaholic
Photo Credit: Designing By Numbers for Remodelaholic.

This hack takes the cube idea and gives it some feet using the legs from the other table. The perfect nightstand or side table option to add some simple glam to your room, especially for some added storage space. Click the link to check out the easy to do tutorial. Elevated Lack Side Table | Remodelaholic

Bamboo Veneer Flowers on Ikea Lack Side Tables

bamboo veneer lack side table hack
Photo Credit: Crafty Nest.

This easy peel and stick update has a great style, and is really easy, the tables look great even without extra decor.  | Crafty Nest

Herringbone Wood Top and Shelf Ikea Lack Table Hack

lack side table hack herringbone top wheels canisters
Photo Credit: Grace and Joy Girl.

Adding a herringbone tabletop and a bottom shelf with casters gives this Ikea Lack side table a great industrial style and a lot more function.  | Grace and Joy Girl (blog is no longer available)

Stained Pine Board Top Ikea Lack Side Tables

lack side table hack wooden tops
Photo Credit: Simply LKJ.

These simple pine boards added on the top with nail heads showing is both easy (and 30 minute upgrade), but really adds farmhouse style to a modern piece of furniture.  These would make great nightstands too!   | Simply LKJ

Stenciled Wood Top Ikea Lack

lack side table hack stained wood stencils
Photo Credit: Milu’s House & Melissa Design Studio.

This stencil makes this modern piece feel like something special and aged, and is a really inexpensive addition.  Stenciled Wood Top | Milu’s House & Melissa Design Studio

Glossy Cube Tables

lack side table hack glossy cubes
Photo Credit: The Kim Collection.

Buying a couple extra lacks, means you can make a cube from the pieces.  And this is such a nice modern take on the Ikea lack table hack! | The Kim Collective

Cube Table Storage

lack side table hack wood sides inside storage
Photo Credit: Ikea Hackers.

This white table with wood insets on the side will transform your lack into a prefect hidden storage box. It has a great modern farmhouse look.  And the best part is this hack adds hidden storage to the table.  | Ikea Hackers

Ikea Lack Ottomans

lack side table hack ottomans fabric
Photo Credit: Turned to Design.

Who doesn’t need a small ottoman here or there.  This hack involves adding a pad and wrapping with fabric.  An easy diy, mosly needing just a few supplies, a staple gun, and scissors.  | Turned To Design

Skirted Ottomans

lack side table hack upholstered skirted ottomans
Photo Credit Dorsey Designs.

This idea of adding both a padded top and a skirt, is a really beautiful elevation of a simple piece, and depending on the chosen fabric this could be used almost anywhere with any style.   | Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

Corner Shelf Stacked Lacks

lack side table hack corner shelf
Photo Credit: Live from B5.

This ikea table turned corner shelf idea is such a fun imaginative upcycle of an inexpensive product.  I’d be sure to secure it to the wall for added safety, but otherwise, I love this project so much!  | Live From B5

Cube Table with Nail Head Detail

lack side table hack nail heads
Photo Credit: Simply Rachel.

This cube hack with the added detail of nail head trim is a great idea and adds some nice storage.  Cube Table With Nailheads | Simply Rachel

Tufted Top Ottoman

lack side table hack tufted ottomans
Photo Credit: My Frugal Dime.

I love the added detail of tufting on these ottomans, just some foam fabric buttons and strong string… plus the addition of the decorative nails. Check outthe full tutorial at | My Frugal Dime

Multi-colored Wood Top With Chalk Paint

lack side table hack wood top sides multicolor chalk paint
Photo Credit: Hadas Cuscus.

This farmhouse wood top painted with chalk paint looks like a great Ikea Lack table hack for farmhouse style. | Hadas Cuscus (link no longer working)

Gold Glided Nightstand With Corbels

lack side table hack corbels glided
Photo credit: Style Me Pretty.

This is one of my very favorite Ikea lack hacks, that I have ever seen. The addition of corbels like these is basically genius level, it is such a surprise.  Plus, it may be a little hard to see but there is a gilded leg detail that looks beautifully high end, that you could easily add with some gold spray paint.  | Style Me Pretty

Metal Welded Legs

lack side table hack welded metal frameThis may not be a project for everyone, but if have one of these available of the skills, then why not? Very minimalist, but also has some nice simple features. | simply n*amoured

Going BOLD for IKEA LACK Table hacks:

Painted Stripes + Decoupaged Flowers

lack side table hack stripes flowers decoupage
Photo Credit: Sara’s Art house.

If you like pattern and color then why not go for it.  | Sara’s Art House

Washi Tape Table

lack side table washi tape stripes
Photo Credit: Lady Croissant.

 This may not be a long term solution, but this washi tape wrapped table is rainbow happiness.  It looks so amazing it might just be worth the try! | Lady Croissant (blog link no longer available)

Easy Duct Tape Kids Table

lack side table hack duct tape
Photo Credit: Two Inspire Design.

There are so many cool and fun patterned duct tapes out on the market now, what a cute way to make this affordable piece special for the kiddos in your home. | Two Inspire Design

Modpodge Marble Paper Table

lack side table hack marbled paper
Photo Credit: Sketch 42.

With mod podge, anything is possible… pretty much.  What a great way to add personal style and pattern to a simple furniture piece. And bonus you could just find a marble contact paper and get the look without the mess of modpodge.  | Sketch 42 (website removed)

Modpodge Striped Paper (or Fabric) Table

lack side table hack striped
Photo Credit: Amber Interior Design.

This beautiful simple modern modpodge striped paper table is a favorite. | Amber Interior Design

Penny Top Table

lack side table hack penny topped
Photo Credit: Ikea Hackers.

Adding an edge of molding then, paining it with black paint, before they glue on the pennies is such a fun idea. The shine of these copper pennies is such a nice feature on this tabletop protected with a plexiglass top – but could also be cool using resin (although that is not a cheap option). | Ikea Hackers

Overlays on Lack Table

lack side table hack overlays
Photo Credit: Gorgeous Shiny Things.

Greek key detail Overlays on Lack Table | Gorgeous Shiny Things

Sisal Rope Table

lack side table hack sisal rope
Photo Credit: Sparkle Living.

Need to add a little beach style to your Ikea lack?  Wrapping with sisal might be the perfect “Netflix and craft” activity to update this table. | Sparkle Living

Ikea Coffee Table Hacks

Mirrored Lack Coffee Table

lack coffee table hack mirrored
Photo Credit: Ikea Hackers.

Mirror Mirror, on the Ikea Lack Coffee Tables.  This is a pretty fun update for a glitzy look if you are a person that likes glam design.  | Ikea Hackers

Wood and Turquoise Coffee Table

lack coffee table hack wood top turquoise legs
Photo Credit: Rose Gold Walls.

This fun bright update makes this piece more interesting and definitely adds some color to the room. | Rose Gold Walls

Wallpapered Coffee Table

lack coffee table hack wallpaper nailheads
Photo Credit: Pretty City Things.

This is a nice way to add some detail and pattern, adding wallpaper to your lack.  With all the great peel and stick patterns now, the options are endless. | Living Pretty (blog not longer available)

Large Tufted Ottoman

lack coffee table hack tufted ottomanAdding a tufted place to put your feet when you are binge watching your shows in the living room is expert level hacking…. priceless. | Home With Carissa

Two-Tier Nightstand

lack coffee table hack bedside two-tier nightstand
Photo credit: Once Again, My Dear Irene.

This gorgeous side table hack is so nice.  I never would have known it was Ikea.  The additional shelf on the top of the table is such a nice feature. Such a great sense of style with the addition of the corbels too.  | Once Again, My Dear Irene

Faux Gator Table

lack coffee table hack faux leather gator fabric
Photo Credit: domesticitie.

Add some texture to the entire table! | domesticitie (site now set to private)

So what do you think of these great Ikea Lack Table Hacks, it is amazing to see the tons of ways you can hack a simple design. This is a great opportunity to to and Ikea table upcycle.

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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      1. Any thoughts on a dark colored Ikea Lack table with a white wash wood top? I’m having a hard time finding examples of dark bases and light tops.

        1. I think that could look great! The dark base would probably look more like the metal/faux metal farmhouse tables that are in style right now, too.

  1. Wow! Thanks again. some great ideas here especially the lack table to ottoman! I love them and they loock ‘easyish’ enough to make but turned out so expensive looking..