DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

So I know that just about everybody in my generation, at some time or other in life, has owned an Ikea lack table. Don’t deny it. It was your coffee table in college; maybe now it’s your junk table in the garage or something weird like that. This one was holding our tool collection in a hall closet until recently. We brought it out and I decided to see if there’s anything you can do to it to hide its true identity. It may have worked. It also may not have. But either way, we tried, and so this newly fancy table is coming out to play.


  • Ikea lack table (or similar)
  • upholstery nails
  • stain-proof fabric (pleather works like a charm)
  • spray adhesive
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • soft mallet

Make Time: 1 hour

Cut out fabric for the top of your table. To do this, flip the table upside-down on the back side of your fabric and carefully trace the outline of the tabletop. Cut and set aside.

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

Add your nailhead trim. Hold an upholstery nail in place with pliers and gently hammer with mallet. Keep adding nails until you’ve covered all of the areas you’d like to trim.

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

Fully cover the back of the fabric with adhesive spray. Carefully align the fabric with the corners of the table and smooth it down, ensuring that the adhesive is secure.

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

There you go! Definitely an upgrade in my book. Put your favorite things out on your new(ish) table and enjoy. xoxo

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

  1. Celestine on said:

    Very cool! I hacked mine by using gold duct tape. I taped a small section of the legs to give that color blocked/dipped look ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Vicky on said:

    Wow that turned out pretty neat! I’m always scared to tackle such projects out of fear I will wreck things apart haha. I like your rug too! And your wall colour!

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  4. Eva on said:

    I really like it and it doesn’t seem too difficult. I have to try. I love ikea hacks

  5. Sarah Lee on said:

    love that!!!!!!!

  6. Sarah Lee on said:

    btw…totally got “crafty” the other day and thought of you and tried to channel all your diy vibes from coast to coast.

    • chelsea on said:

      Yes girl! Get your DIY on! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  7. Oh my goodness, this is fantastic! Such a great way to add your personal touch ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Mary on said:

    Did you think about extending the fabric down the sides and then putting the upholstry tacks? It’s super cute!

    • chelsea on said:

      Awesome idea! It crossed my mind for a bit but I wanted something super easy, where I didn’t have to measure much fabric. So this is where we ended up!

  9. evon on said:

    this is a really cool upgrade! ive been loving all of the furniture work ive seen all over the place online!!

  10. Melinda on said:

    My husband and I currently have two of these in our living room (from our college days) that have been VERY used and abused by ourselves and our 2 and 4 year old. We were just talking last week about how we can salvage them and this is perfect! Thanks!

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  16. Rose on said:

    love it!…very interested in the particular pleather you used…can you tell me where you bought it?

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