OKL Challenge - Day 15: Ikea's Lack Shelf

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.

For Day 15 of my One Kings Lane 30-day Challenge, I've styled the Lack  two different ways using exclusively products available via One Kings Lane.

Which style do you prefer?

One

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Sources

  1. Resin Turtle Shell Lamp - $45
  2. Alysanne McGaffey California Seascape - $999
  3. Acacia Bermuda Bowl, 10" - $45
  4. 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!)

Two

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Sources

  1. Round Jute Hanging Lamp  - $45
  2. The Pub Crawler, by Maurice Procter (Vintage) - $29
  3. 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.)
  4. Set of 3 Rattan Display Vases  - $149
  5. Lack Shelf, Red  at Ikea - $14.99
  6. Red Coral w/ Marble Base  - $149