I have a family room with boxing in the corners of the room. This was done to cover mechanicals leading to the upper level. Although it solved the problem of hiding unsightly pipes and wires it didn't make it any easier to find furniture for the space.
Level of Difficulty
I found this project to be very easy and fun! With some basic tools and a bit of patience you can have custom made furniture at IKEA prices. I consider this project to be a 3 out of 10.
The total cost of the project is approximately $10 per table and approximately 1 hour of work in total.
I strongly recommend this project for anybody with an irregular shaped room. It will allow you utilize space in areas that you originally deemed to be unusable. Spaces that were once thought of as a great place for a custom piece of furniture or a custom built-in unit can now be utilized for very little money.
Please read and understand the owner's/safety manual of all your tools before using them. Some guards and safety devices were removed for the making of this Instructable, I DO NOT recommend you remove any safety devices or guides from your tools. Safety comes first. Never put yourself in danger.
Step 1: Furniture Layout
I first took dimensions of my space and then researched all the possible options. I eventually decided on a KIVIK love seat and also two LACK side tables. I got really lucky here because the dimensions of my room and the dimensions of the furniture worked perfectly together. All three pieces sit along the back with just enough space to slide the tables in and out.
However, when I first put the LACK side tables in place I realized that it would look a lot nicer if the tables wrapped around the bump-out in the wall. So, i decided to notch off the corner of the table.
Step 2: Materials and Tools
- LACK side table
- Masking Tape
- Table Saw (or hand saw, or jig saw)
- Tape Measure
- Drill with bits
Step 3: Notching the Table Top
First I took my measurements and then applied them to the table top.
TIP: Because the table is very dark, I applied masking tape first so that I would be able to see my marks.
I then cut the notch off using a table saw. As you can see from the pictures, the top of the table is not solid. It is actually made up of corrugated cardboard sandwiched between two thin pieces of plywood. This forced me to fabricate a piece that would fit in between the two pieces of thin plywood. This piece provides the nessecary support for the leg to be screwed into it's new location.
I pushed in the corrugated cardboard using my fingers, This made enough room for me to slide in the leg support.
Step 4: Installing the Legs
I measured and marked the location of the leg and predrilled a hole (slightly smaller than the screw provided) into the bottom of the top making sure that the leg support was in it's proper position.
I then installed all the legs and placed the tables in their location.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Now you can enjoy your new HACK... I mean LACK Side Table!