Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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Cheaper then a charity shop buy
Ikea Lack Side Table
Member Name: abbadabbado
Ikea Lack Side Table
Disadvantages: chips easily
Last year we were looking for a small coffee table to put in the lounge for drinks. We didn't want anything large, as with a small child running around we didn't want to limit space.
We happened to be in IKEA one weekend browsing for new lounge furniture when we came across the Lack square table.
Immediately when I saw the price at £7 I thought they had missed a 1 off the beginning or something. My husband asked what was wrong with the table at that price, and to be honest I was inclined to agree. Was it going to fall apart straight away?
From inspecting the readymade store model, it felt quite sturdy. The legs were chunky and square in shape. It appeared very symmetrical with the thickness being the same all round the table from the legs to the table top.
Available in five colours, we decided it was worth the money even if it did fall apart after a couple of months, and decided to get one in black / brown which was matching what we already had in the lounge. You can also get the table in white, black, birch effect or oak effect.
Once home, I set about the very difficult task of putting the table together. This has to be one of the easiest pieces of flat pack I have ever come across. The packaging was also kept to a minimum which was good as all it consisted of was the top, four legs and a small packet of nuts and bolts.
Once assembled, the table measures 55cm by 75cm, and doesn't weigh very much at all. Obviously for the price you can't expect to get anything that's made of solid wood, and the main materials of the table are fibreboard finished with a lacquer to create the colour scheme.
I found the table was idea for what we needed it for. I say very well at the side of the sofa, and felt sturdy despite me making it.
The care of the table was a little different. As it was lacquered, we noticed it would chip quite quickly if something bumped it, or something sharp was put onto the surface. You could get away with this if you had bought a light coloured table I think but because we had the darker shade, the board underneath showed up quite easily.
I actually got around this by placing coasters on the table for the cups, and we kept toys away from the surface.
For smear marks and spillages, I found a quick wipe and then a polish worked quite well. Due to the colour it collected the dust very quickly, but to be fair it didn't take more than a couple of seconds to wipe over given its size.
We kept the table in the lounge for around six months before it was relegated upstairs to play host as a TV unit table. We only did this because we found the table was storing junk rather than being used for its sole purpose.
It's still going strong now a year later as the TV table, but I have noticed now there are slight bulges of lacquer where the table has been cleaned time and time again and the moisture has settled in.
Overall however for the price, you really can't grumble. If you're in the market for a cheap surface then you could do worse than this table.
Summary: a bargain table for a purpose
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