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Hack an IKEA Lack Table into a Component Rack

If you’re looking for a cheap and easily customized rack for your audio visual and stereo equipment, this clever hack turns IKEA Lack tables into a cut-to-fit stereo rack.

IKEA Lack tables are, either by chance or design, the same width as AV and rack-mount computer gear. In this mod IKEAHacker reader Eric Shook needed a cheap and simple AV rack with clean lines. A little measuring, sawing, and bracing later, and he had a custom rack that fit his components perfectly. Should he need to adjust things in the future for a taller or shorter component he can swap out the existing legs with new ones made from the left over scrap.

Hit up the link below for his full build instructions and additional pictures.

IKEA Lack: Audiophile Rack [IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/8/11

Comments (9)

  1. Pat

    A good idea, but i’d be concerned about proper ventilation around the equipment, specifically above it. Would hate to see all that expensive gear die

  2. Tim

    Pat is right without ventilation it’ll look good but won’t last very long.

  3. bobro

    I think the ventilation would be adiquite, they can all breath round the sides and back, most of that equipment would be stacked anyway.

  4. thing

    The ventilation is huge…there is NO WAY that is enough around the edges. heat rises…the vents are on the top and every one of those components will say to allow space.
    Most of them say 20 to 30 cm of clearance.

  5. Me

    what kind of equipment do you think he is using there, that you obsess over the ventilation? There is more than enough space there. The only time that system will generate enough heat for it to be an issue is if he played music at 100 all the time, other than that, normal listening produces mild heat.

  6. Paul Rutherford

    Look at the power consumption for each component involved.

    Arrange them top to bottom in order of power consumption – highest on top – which means the amplifier will probably be uppermost.

    Anything consuming less that 50W will have enough case area available as a heat sink for cooling so close spacing these shouldn’t matter.

    Leave extra ventilation space above the amplifier – or drill holes though the table to above it (you will probably need to mount your drill on a stand to do this neatly.

    You will need some way of sawing each set of legs fairly accurately – otherwise the assembly will wobble. Got a docking saw?

    Use a very thin bit of Blutak under each leg to stop the cut down table sliding.

  7. george

    you guys must be electricians!!!

  8. suave

    what a massive pain in the @$$. although there is 18% unemployment. my time is too valuable however; i can’t even believe i took the time to post this! just stack ’em up, and jack ’em up. done.

  9. Dave

    Would think that if these were “true” rack components, ventilation would be fine. But if they are shelf units (on feet) they might need at least as much space above as below. And even with that maybe a little help from a fan. Only way for sure would be to check manufacture’s specs and also use good judgement and check periodically. But it does look nice.

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