November 7, 2012 | Alex
I recently installed Ikea's Lack Shelf in matte red in my bedroom in Brooklyn. At $14.99, it's one of their best value products. It definitely looks more expensive than it is. (Note: The super cool high-gloss finish, available in gray and red, is $16.99) I am also pleased to report that the floating bracket was surprisingly easy to install.
Now that it's up, it's looking a little bare. In part because I'm nervous about the weight load. Ikea claims it has a max weight load of between 11 to 33 lbs, depending on what kind of wall fasteners you use-- a pretty wide range! Because I have drywall, I did use anchors. But since my studs didn't line up with where I wanted the shelf, I've tried to stick to the 11 lb end of the spectrum.
Which style do you prefer?
- Resin Turtle Shell Lamp - $45
- Alysanne McGaffey California Seascape - $999
- Acacia Bermuda Bowl, 10" - $45
- Lack Shelf, High Gloss Gray at Ikea - $16.99
(I was tempted to throw this mid-century vase into the mix, to coax out the green tones in the painting and resin tortoise shell. But sometimes you've just got to edit yourself!)
- Round Jute Hanging Lamp - $45
- The Pub Crawler, by Maurice Procter (Vintage) - $29
- Bound to Rise, by Horatio Alger Jr. (Vintage) - $29 (Fun fact: Alger is widely credited with creating the 'young adult' genre in the United States with his rags-to-riches stories, popular with young men during the Gilded Age.)
- Set of 3 Rattan Display Vases - $149
- Lack Shelf, Red at Ikea - $14.99
- Red Coral w/ Marble Base - $149