DIY IKEA HACK – Lack planks with a special touch

IKEA Hacks. I love them. Earlier I’ve posted about my home-made (or home-upgrade) TV stand. Today I will be talking about a new IKEA hack which is so low-budget and easy to make that you’ll probably be done with it within a few hours. And the result is absolutely nice! I love it!

See, I have the luxury of having a very large living room in my apartment. Originally this living room was devided into two rooms: one sitting room and one dining room. Long before I bought this little piece of heaven, the owners have removed the wall deviding the two rooms, creating a spacious area. With one little error two: I’ve got two old chimneys on the far wall, as each separate room used to have it’s own fireplace. Fireplaces are long gone and chimneys are closed but this means that I have two large wall niches and a smaller one. In order to fill up one of these niches, I decided to hang planks from top to bottom because it fills up the space and it gives me more displaying room.

Budget wise I obviously again went to IKEA and came across the famous LACK series. Their ‘floating’ wall planks look nice, can hold quite a certain amount on it and you don’t have to make any trouble with holders underneath. However, I wanted to make them look nice so I implemented a nifty little hack that I found on Pinterest: I added copper tape to the sides of the planks. The result kind of looks like this:


So – today I will be introducing you on how to easily implement this in your home:


The basis of this hack is very simple – you only need two things:

1x Ikea LACK plank (I bought in total four and chose the longest version which is 190 cms in length)
1x Self-adhesive copper foil shielding tape (I bought 5 rolls via AliExpress. Life saver!)

What you do:

First off, start with measuring the planks onto the wall. Make sure that all holes are drilled and ready. As I was adding four planks onto the same wall, it was important to me that the width between the planks would be exactly the same and that it would be sufficient to create a spacious environment. Luckily my dad is far more patient than me (and has a much better eye for this) so he helped me with that part.

After the planks are ready to be mounted, you take your copper foil you simply start adding this onto the sides of the plank. Not on the back, that’s not necessary! Be a bit careful though, copper foil is quite thin and easily breaks. However, I found that it brings nice little details (curves and such) to the plank so I didn’t pay too much attention to how tight the foil was sticking to the plank.

After you finish that, it’s a simple matter to add the planks onto the mounts as instructed by IKEA and you are done!

How incredibly easy and it looks awesome!

Decorating wall planks in the living room

On a further notice, I decided to keep my wallplanks calm and serene. They need to fill a space but I don’t want them to be filled with clutter. On my planks you can find my favorite books (the nicest editions of Lord of the Rings that I own and my Rammstein: Volkerball concert dvd), some nice plants to add some green and pictures of my closest friends and family. Oh and little shrine for both my gramps and my granny.

I also chose to use a nice quote in my home because I love quotes and this one I actually believe in. It’s a quote from Paulo Coelho and is taken directly from his masterpiece The Alchemist. I had it printed and framed it and is now also showing on the plank:

When you understand the universal language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning

However – the point that I am trying to make here is that when you add open wall planks into your living room, it’s smart to keep that as serene, calm and clear as possible. For me, that works and helps me bring peace in my mind.



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