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A brilliant budget buy, the Ikea Lack Side Table is modern looking, simple, easy to put together and comes in a range of different colours/finishes. Very impressive, especially for the price.

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      20.02.2014 18:12
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      5 stars

      I have bought two of these tables to have in my home. They are so useful and didn't cost a lot of money at all which is a good thing as we have bought them more for practical reasons rather than how good they look.

      These come flat pack but not in a complex way. It only took my husband a matter of minutes to screw the legs into position and that was all. The packaging wasn't overly extensive either so it didn't take long to get it out.

      The tables were available in various colours. We bought two 'beech' coloured which were a nice mid-brown. They were available in pine and black too but we thought beech would be best for our house.

      They are approximately 40cm high and the table is square. It is tall enough to have some little chairs around it. My grandchildren sit at the tables for their lunch and to do crafts. They are perfect in size. They are a little too big for side tables although we do use these to put our drinks on and things when we have friends round but it is more aimed at children I think.

      The table is fairly light weight too so it's easy to move to one room to another for me.

      The table is wipe clean which is good seeing as the grandchildren make lots of mess!

      When we bought this we thought it would be a temporary table for the grandchildren to use until they were big enough to sit at the main table but they still use these despite being big enough now, I think they like having their own little place to sit. I am surprised they have stayed in such good condition so it shows you don't have to pay a fortune to get good quality. I think they cost us £12 at the time and that was nearly 3 years ago so to still be in such good condition is fantastic.

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      20.12.2013 19:23
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      Super quality and value

      I am a great fan of Ikea furniture especially the smaller items such as tables and shelves as they are a fraction of the price compared to places such as Argos and they are always good quality and often a bit quirky and different. I bought this table earlier on in the year to go in my porch as the one I had in there was very old and was quite stained on the top as I usually keep a plant on it.

      I saw these lovely Ikea Lack tables in my local Ikea and they had the white, black and red on display at the time. I was looking for a black or white table as the tiles in my porch are black and white, and I chose the black one as I thought it looked a bit more expensive and also wouldn't show any marks as much as the white one. They also come in pink, turquoise, black brown, grey, oak, birch and high gloss white so you could really find one that went with most colours or to match any type of furniture or style. I couldn't believe that this table only cost £5 as you would be hard pressed to find a decent bottle of wine for this amount.

      As with most Ikea furniture it came flat packed but it was really easy to put together and I actually did it all myself which I was quite proud of as my DIY skills are not usually very impressive. I found it easy as it was just basically inserting the screws into the underneath of the table top and then screwing the legs into place. The table measures 55cm x 55cm x 45cm tall and weighs 4.8gkg so it is light to move around. The black table is a sort of matt black which makes it look more expensive than it was and the top is made of particleboard, ABS plastic and acrylic paint, the filling material is paper and the legs are made of particleboard, fibreboard and foil.

      At the moment I have a large ceramic plant pot on the table, and two small ornaments but there is plenty of room for more things if I wanted. I think that this table really looks smart and stylish and it has very clean neat lines. Occasionally I will spill drops of water on it from when I water my plants but this wipes off easily. Ikea advise you to wipe it clean with a cloth dampened in a mild cleaner and to wipe dry with a clean cloth but I usually just use a dry cloth or some moistened kitchen roll and find that this does the job.

      I think that this table would be suitable for every room in the house and you could use it as a bedside table, an occasional table, a small table for children to eat or just about anything. It comes in so many different colours and you could put a few different coloured table together for a modern effect. If I ever need another small table I will definitely go to Ikea and buy another one of these as it is sturdy, smart and unbelievably cheap.

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        11.11.2013 23:59
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        Brilliant budget buy

        First off it has to be said that this table is cheap to buy. You can get it for as little as £5 but don't let that fool you into thinking that this table is just for those who are budget conscious. It's not, it is much more expensive looking than its cost and it's lovely and sturdy once built. This little bargain certainly doesn't look or feel cheap.

        I came across this table when my local store had a great display of them arranged in the entrance showing all the available colours together. I thought they looked really cool and when I checked the price I was really surprised- in a good way- and that doesn't happen much these days. The price of the table varies according to which colour and finish you buy and ranges from £5 to £10. It also comes in 12 colours and some of those colours are available in just normal finish as well as a high gloss finish. I have light beige fabric sofas and had recently purchased a lovely cream rug from ikea so felt the white version would been in nicely with my existing decor.

        And I was right, it looks lovely and much more expensive than the £5 it cost. The white is quite muted so isn't harsh in the eyes and unbelievably for its colour it is riddiculously easy to keep clean. You just need to give it a quick wipe down every now and then and it never seems to mark no matter what you put on it. It's also a great size, measuring 55cm x 55cm so it's substantial enough to be of everyday use without being too big that it gets in the way. While its sturdy enough for everyday family use it's also very lightweight so can be moved about with ease.

        One of my favourite things about this take is that it's also very easy to build. You didn't need any tools as you just take the screws, insert them into the table part and then screw the legs into place. This can all be done in around 5 minutes and you need no DIY skills in order to do it. I loved this table so much I bought another one for my daughter to use as a play/craft table. I can also see me purchasing a different colour in future if I perhaps change the colour scheme of my living room because for a maximum of £10 you are essentially getting a brand new table and a whole new look.

        I have nothing negative to say about this table at all. For such a low cost product idea have put a lot of thought and effort into getting this product absolutely spot on.

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        18.09.2013 11:38
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        A great table at a great price

        As you can tell from my other reviews I have just moved into an unfurnished home and as a result our house now seems to be entirely furnished by Ikea because it is cheap and convenient.

        I was lucky to be given a lift by my Mum to our local Ikea about a week after we moved in and we decided that we needed a coffee table for our lounge to put mugs on etc. We don't have a massive lounge so didn't need anything too big and after spending a serious amount of money on furniture we didn't want anything too expensive. Therefore, at £8 for the Birch veneer (although the black finish is £5 and other colours are £10) this table fit the bill well.

        ***The Table***
        With an assembled size of:
        Length: 55 cm
        Width: 55 cm
        Height: 45 cm
        This is definitely more of a side table then a coffee table but is perfect for smaller lounges as it can be used in the same way and is easily big enough to hold cups of teas/books/remotes even dinner plates for my housemate and I. It also has a max load of 2.5 KG so while may not hold a big telly is the perfect resting place for you cup of tea.

        The pack size is also really good (always an issue with Ikea). I was lucky enough to be given a lift to Ikea but I could of easily put it in the famous blue bags and got it on the bus as it is neither too big or too heavy so is easily transportable.

        What is also great is this table comes in a range of colours (far more than the usual birch, oak, black and white) so you can really have a bit of fun with this table with colours including turquoise, pink and red on offer. The shape is really neat and modern looking as it is quite boxy and square which I really like.

        ***Assembling the table***

        Well I thought my sofa was the easiest piece of Ikea furniture I had ever assembled but I was wrong it has to be this Lack table. You don't even need any tools. Instead, they provide screws with double threads. Therefore, you partly screw it into the table using your hands before using the legs to screw it the rest of the way and attach them at the same time and then you have a table. In all I think it took about three minutes to put together. Once assembled it looks really good and while it won't cope with steaming pans being placed on it (it is a laminate so does need some care) it looks like it will last really well and be a good addition to our lounge for years to come.

        ***Price***
        At between £5 and £10 this table is a bargain and a really handy addition to our lounge.

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          30.08.2013 15:26
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          *** The Backstory ***

          I have lived 15 minutes' drive from the much maligned but always interesting Ikea of Sweden on not one but three continents. Hence Ikea is usually our department store of choice and was where we bought many household items when my husband's job was transferred to Southern California in 2003.

          We lived in a small-ish one bed-roomed "condo" which we decorated in a minimal, muted style.

          Six years later we found ourselves once again spending many hours at Ikea. The reason? We had upgraded ourselves to a four bed-roomed home. Which needed filling with furniture. Ideally inexpensive, tasteful and reliable furniture.



          ** The Lack Side Table ***

          This Lack side table comes in ten different colours and/or finishes. The prices range from 5-12. We selected the birch effect option and paid a similar price to what it is currently: £8.

          Like most Ikea furniture items, this table came flat-packed and comprised five pieces. As always, it was my husband who constructed this item while I made a cup of tea. And also as always, he found it easy to do so and problem free.

          As somewhat expected, the table has many synthetic components. The website lists these to be:

          ~ Particleboard
          ~ Fibreboard
          ~ABS plastic
          ~ Printed and embossed acrylic paint
          ~ Clear acrylic lacquer
          ~ Paper
          ~ Foil

          The assembled size is length: 55 cm, width: 55 cm, height: 45 cm


          The table's maximum load is 25 kg.


          Finally, the table is easy to clean with a damp cloth with or without a mild cleaner.



          *** My thoughts and experience ***

          This plain, minimalist side table is inexpensive, matches our furniture and has multiple uses. We usually have it next to one of our sofas in the lounge rooms, but at various times in the past few years it has been in the spare room as a bedside table, in our daughter's play room, and outside on a sunny day.

          We are very happy with this item and wouldn't hesitate to buy another should we need to.

          Recommended.

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            26.08.2013 20:23
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            a side table from IKEA

            I had contemplated for a while to dispose of the small plastic table I had for many years on my balcony. It had served me well day in, day out. I never took it inside, so it had become shabby. When a recent hailstorm with hailstones the size of walnuts smashed several holes in its surface (besides causing damages for 1 billion Euros in the region), its fate was sealed.

            I didn't want to spend much money and turned to IKEA. Unfortunately, they don't have rain proof plastic tables of the size I needed. The nearest I got to the old one was a side table called Lack (which is Swedish for lacquer). I ordered it online and assembled it. I did this alone because I think this is advisable with regard to marital peace. Obviously I can do it properly, the three other pieces of furniture I assembled in the past have been standing and doing their duty for many years. Besides, in the case of Lack I wouldn't know what a second person should do. The assembly of the table is so simple that even someone with a two digit IQ can do it.

            The package weighs 4.2 kg. I couldn't find anywhere how much the table proper weighs and don't have big enough scales to weigh it. I guess around 3.8 kg, not much anyway. The package contains the square table top (55 x 55 cm), four legs (40 cm high) and four metal screws. There's no instruction leaflet. The screws lie in a cardboard box on whose bottom are some drawings as to how to assemble the table. I only looked at them cursorily, took a screw and began to screw it by hand into the hole in one corner of the underside of the top board as indicated. There's no screwdriver in the screw box. My fingers started hurting pretty soon and I thought, "Do the IKEA peepz want me to screw in four legs in this way? They must be crazy!" I took a leg, put it on top of the screw (it has points at both ends) and turned it. In this way I screwed the screw into the table and also into the leg in one go. I congratulated myself on this brill idea and planned to write a letter to the IKEA designer in question. When I took the second screw out of the box, I saw to my surprise that what I had done was shown in the second drawing which I hadn't looked at before. This only proves that someone at IKEA's is as intelligent as I am.

            The top is made of particleboard, fibreboard, ABS plastic, printed and embossed acrylic paint and clear acrylic lacquer. The legs are made of particleboard, fibreboard and foil. I've taken this information from IKEA online. I wouldn't be able to tell you what the terms mean. The table is so light because the inside of the top board and the legs is stuffed with paper! Nevertheless it can carry weight up to 25 kg.

            I'm especially interested in the instructions on how to clean the table. "Wipe clean with a cloth dampened in a mild cleaner. Wipe dry with a clean cloth." Sounds as if the table could endure rain when standing outside on the balcony. But I won't risk it because the legs aren't closed with foil underneath. When you look at their lower ends, you look at their inner lives. In case of rain humidity would get it and soon the whole thing would rot.

            The table is offered in ten colours: black, black-brown, pink, turquoise, grey, red, white, high-gloss white, oak effect. I chose the colour 'birch effect'.
            It costs 8 GBP. This is the first time I say that a price is too low. It's ridiculous. That's two packets of cigarettes! Who couldn't pay 9 or even 10 GBP? IKEA should give their workers in poor countries higher wages. I'm sure we wouldn't want to know how little they actually earn.

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              24.08.2013 01:09
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              A fantastic side table from Ikea.

              Recently we moved house and suddenly found that we had nowhere near enough furniture. As we have a room in our home that we aren't doing much with yet we purchased some cheap items from Ikea just to see us through until next year when we will be redecorating and buying higher quality furniture once we have decided what we want.

              Our nearest Ikea store is a good 30 minute drive and as such we were sure to only purchase items that we could fit in our smallish car. This 'Lack' side table fit the bill perfectly and at just £5 each it really was too cheap to pass up, so we bought two. There were lots of colours on offer, including black, white, birch, high gloss in various colours and oak effect. We purchased ours in black as the decor in the room these tables were for is a little loud and as such we wanted to be sure that the side tables would blend in nicely, which they do. We also purchased numerous other items from Ikea for this room but I won't go on about those in this review.

              As with most items from Ikea this is an item that requires self assembly. Over the last 3 years I have built at least 40 items of furniture that came flat packed and so I feel that I have become something of a dab hand. I can usually tell just by looking at a picture on a box or a display model if something will be hard to build or not. I knew that this wouldn't be a problem and it really wasn't. The table is 55 x 55 x 45 and weighs just 4.8kg. This was simple for me to build and put into place by myself, while my husband was doing some work around the house, and in all it took me just 5-10 minutes to unpack, lay out the parts, build and put in place. The legs screw into the underneath of the table top and obviously that only takes a few seconds each leg really. This couldn't be more simple to build and the 5-10 minutes I have quoted was for both tables.

              Upon looking online I can see that these tables are made with a very large amount of materials including foil, fibreboard and ABS plastic. All I know is that for £5 these tables feel fantastic sturdy and hold around 25kg of weight. I only have a lamp on each and a few odds and sods so weight isn't a concern of mine anyway. The tables look nice, with no damaged ends at all, and the design of this table really is quite simple with clean angled corners although I can see that there is a coating of some sort on the material to make it look matte and black. The top and legs look and are smooth so that is great and overall it just looks functional without having any bells or whistles.

              Overall I have been really pleased with these Lack side tables. The price is phenomenal and the black ones fit into our spare reception room easily and without standing out too much. The tables are nice to look at and if I am sitting in the room they are in I am able to sit on the sofa next to one of the tables and place items on the table with ease and without stretching too far as well - perfect for lazy nights! I have been cleaning them with a polish sprayed duster and ensuring that I buff off any marks or leftover polish to prevent smearing. I feel that these tables really are worth the £5, and more, they will probably be used for the next six months at least, as I have bigger concerns than decorating that room, and then I will happily pass them on via FreeCycle as the cost was so low. These tables are great for everyday use or just to have standing there with a lamp on them, the height is reasonable and they hold a nice amount of weight without any bowing or sagging at all. 5/5 from me!

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              06.08.2013 13:10
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              A real bargain, whether you are on a budget or not

              Most people are on a budget these days - however for once I didn't buy something cheap to save money! I actually sold two solid pine side tables purposely to replace with the Lack table, as it matches the other furniture in my newly decorated lounge better - the Expedit units and the Bjursta table (all in white).

              Most Ikea furniture seems to be of excellent quality, and I had heard many good things about the Ikea Lack table. As I mentioned above, I have other items of Ikea furniture and have been really happy with them, so had every confidence I'd be happy with the Lack table. Despite being lightweight and not being a solid wood piece of furniture, which I usually prefer, it's still sturdy and looks stylish.

              The Lack side table is made from lacquered particleboard, and comes in a variety of colours - white, birch, black/brown, oak and black (all £5), and gloss white, gloss grey, gloss pink, gloss red and gloss turquoise (all £10). I bought plain white for £5, as it matched my existing furniture, and because I'm not a fan of high gloss furniture. Although it's white, it's not a stark white - more of a slightly off-white which blends in nicely with rest of the room.

              The design is a very simple, modern and square, which fits well into most styles of décor. My lounge is painted a pale grey/white, with a purple feature wall and accessories, and white furniture - which looks really clean and modern, yet comfortable. The assembled dimensions are W55cm x D55cm x H45cm, and it has a maximum load of 25kg.

              The table came flat packed and wrapped in cellophane, and assembly couldn't have been easier as it doesn't require any tools. It comes provided with 4 double ended screws, which you first twist slightly by hand into the pre-drilled holes on the underside of the table top (I, and the photo guide provided suggest doing his on carpeted surface). Then you twist the legs on one by one, and keep turning until the screws have gone all the way in. Even a DIY novice and someone with limited mobility could do this easily.

              The Lack table can be used for a variety of things, from the obvious side/lamp table, to a bedside table, to even a children's play table. There is a website called Ikea Hackers, which shows all sorts of alternative uses and modifications for Ikea products - and I've seen the Lack be made into a Lego table for children, and even made into an ottoman by attaching padding to the surface. It's a very versatile little table, and for £5 (or even £10) you really can't go wrong!

              In answer to what is it Lack-ing? Nothing at all!

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              15.07.2013 08:52
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              great table

              We bought this table when Little B was 2 years old as it looked an ideal size for her. We use it as a little table for her to sit and colour at or to have her dinner at, I have since seen friends who use this as a little coffee table so it is quite versatile with how you use it.

              When we bought this there were a few colours to choose from including black, white, mid brown and a light brown. We bought a mid brown as it went well with our furniture at the time. You collect them from the warehouse part of Ikea and it was flat pack and easy enough for me to carry.

              It cost us only a few pounds, I think it was £5 and this was two years ago now. I can say that it has been worth every single penny of that and more!

              To construct it it only takes a matter of minutes, you just have to screw the legs into place and hey presto! A table! It certainly didn't look like it just cost a few pounds! It fitted in with the rest of our furniture really well and was quite an understated table. It was a good height, it went well with a chair that was in the same department in Ikea and this fits under it perfectly with enough leg room. It is also a good height to use as a side table, it's about 50cm high so very practical to put drinks on and things when we have friends round.

              The table is easy to wipe clean as it's a smooth finish with just simple smooth lines. Little B uses this to make Play-Doh creations on which can get messy, she uses it when painting or when having her dinner so quite often we have had spillages on here and every time we have been able to wipe them up and the table has remained in good condition.

              I think that this is a very practical table to have and I recommend it especially if you have children as it's an ideal size for them.

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                01.06.2013 09:17
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                Great product

                We have the lack coffee table in the oak colour and we had been really pleased with it. It had actually been so good for us we bought another one to house our old chameleons tank. Therefore, when we were furnishing our new flat over 18 months ago now I was quite keen to get back to Ikea.

                I felt we needed more space to put things around the living room and when I saw these side tables I knew they were perfect for my needs. They are a simple design but they match the coffee table in the range perfectly. It was the price that appealed to me even more - £6. At this price it really wouldn't matter if they were wrecked within a year.

                I went with the oak colour because our living room had oak furniture but there are lots of different colour options including birch effect, black, black-brown, white, oak effect, high gloss pink, high gloss turquoise, high gloss red and high gloss grey. The high gloss versions seem to retail for the slightly higher price of £8. The colours have had a rethink since I bought mine because the pink version wasn't available and I have only just seen this option - its safe to say next time I am near an Ikea I will be getting a pink version for my bedroom!

                The table comes flat packed in shrink wrap. The legs are placed next to the table top and it is easy to transport home. I put these tables together myself and it is a simple case of screwing the legs onto the table and your done. Each one took less than 10 minutes to put together.

                The finished result looks really good and it definitely doesn't look like it cost £6! The table top is 55cm x 55cm and the height of the table is about the same. The table has a really modern feel to it in my opinion and I love the simplicity of the design.

                I have one of these in the living room and one in the bedroom. I gave the third table to my sister because I really didn't need three! She uses hers as a side table in her living room for drinks etc whilst I use one of mine to house the fish tank and the other to house cuddly toys and photos frames. The tables are strong. My fish tank is something like 55 litres and it supports this with no problem. However, the tables themselves are very light, it is easy to pick up and move it definitely isn't a hassle.

                The tables have been in use for over 18 months now and they still look as good as new. There are no surface scratches or dents despite me not exactly being careful with them and the cats using them as a bench! They look perfect and I like their appearance.

                I would definitely buy these again as they are a super price for a genuinely well designed quality product. They look great in both my living room and my bedroom and they are really useful. Recommended.

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                23.05.2013 15:22
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                A good stop-gap

                Urgh. Writing these reviews, I'm reminded of just how much Ikea stuff we've owned at some point over the last five years or so - like an awful lot of people, it was the cheap option when we started out in our first flat, and since then it's been a steady process of phasing out the multitude of furniture and replacing it with slightly higher-end products.

                I think this speaks volumes of Ikea's creations - they look quite neat in the shop, and they're certainly wallet-friendly. They even do a good job for a couple of years, but they're not the kind of thing you look forward to keeping with any sort of fondness. This table - bought with the bigger coffee-table version four years back - has been neither our best nor worst investment; it didn't completely collapse (Malm bed, I'm looking at you ...), but nor has it sailed through the years without a blemish like the goody two-shoes chests of drawers.

                Assembly-wise, this is your usual flat-pack affair - but it couldn't be much easier to put together. There are only five pieces, and it's all of about five minutes' work to put them together. That's probably including taking a break too. The only slight niggle is in screwing the legs on so that they're aligned properly with the sides when they're all the way in. Maybe that's just my incompetence, but a certain amount of brute force was needed, along with generous helpings of trial and error.

                In terms of durability, it's not bad. Considering how much use it gets, and the sheer variety of stuff that's been put, dropped, spilt and piled on it, it's stood up pretty well. When the table bought the farm after four years, there were a few chips and scuffs in the surface, and the veneer on the legs had worn away in places, but it was pretty low-level damage.

                All in all, for sub-£20 you're getting a solid, easy to put together table that'll hold its own until you're able to get something more beautiful.

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                  brilliant piece of kit

                  When I moved into my new house we decided to get rid of our large coffee table in favour of something smaller, yet couldn't find anything suitable.

                  On a trip to Ikea today, I came across their "Lack" side tables. They start at £5 for birch or white colours, and range all the way up to £15. They come in high gloss black, brown-black, birch, oak, white, high gloss pink and I purchased the high gloss pink one for £10.

                  It was surprisingly light and I could carry the box one-handed. Assembling it was easy! You get 4 double ended screws (they're probably not called that and hubby will murder me for calling them that, but you know what I mean, a screw that is a screw both ends). There are picture instructions on the box but it can be easily assembled in a few minutes by one person. Even I managed to do it, having never built a flatpack (or anything) ever before!

                  You simply insert a screw into the pre-drilled hole on the leg, twist it in a bit, insert the other end into the pre-drilled hole on the table, and twist it in. Four legs, job done. The quality isn't amazing, I can see this being easily chipped, but the table seems sturdy enough.

                  It is 45cm high, 55cm square. Pretty basic little table but decent enough. Being gloss, it can leave fingerprints so needs cleaning often to look it's best, but it is very easily wiped clean. I was impressed with the finish, for a cheap table it doesn't look as cheap as you'd expect. It's lightweight so easy to move around.

                  I use it for a coffee table but I can imagine it has many uses - toddler's table, side table, etc. in almost any room.

                  Five from me!

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                  20.03.2013 18:45
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                  Excellent value for money!

                  I've recently moved house. Whilst when I first moved out on my own some ten years ago, I just got furniture cobbled together from friends casts off, this time I had the chance to really get everything coordinated - especially as my in-laws offered to buy us a few bits and bobs from Ikea, one of which was this 'Lack' side table.

                  We chose our table in Black/Brown, as it co-ordinated with our colour scheme and several other pieces of Ikea furniture we purchased at the same time. It cost us £6, but is available in many other colours, with prices ranging from £5 to £15.

                  Assembling this was very easy - it's simply a case of screwing in the four legs. It can easily by built by one person alone, and the instructions were fairly clear illustrations. It took me around 5 minutes to assemble this table, and I'm not too experienced with flatpacks, so I was surprised with the ease of assembly.

                  Once up, this table, which has a 55cm square top, and sits 45cm high. It's a very simple and basic design, just a square with four chunky square legs, and as such will fit in with any kind of decor. It also feels very sturdy once assembled - it certainly doesn't feel cheap. The black brown finish is really nice - dark without being quite as stark as pure black, and a sort of wood grain effect subtly visible in the surface. It wipes clean very easily, though it does seem that dust is very visible on the dark surface, so I do find myself dusting more now.

                  The table is a good size and height for popping a coffee on when I'm sitting on the sofa, as well as a plate of biscuits. I've taken good care of the table, as despite it's low cost I don't want to have to replace it any time soon, and with careful treatment, so far it hasn't sustained any scratches so far. Family members have had the same table before and said the veneer chips easily, but I have to say I haven't found this to be the case so far.

                  Really, at £6 for a table, you really can't go wrong. It's easy to put up, a good size for what I need it for, lightweight enough to move around if I need to, and fits in wonderfully with my decor. 5 stars!

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                    17.02.2013 01:04
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                    Great price and good quality.

                    I wander why this is called a lack table? These Ikea lack side tables are available in stores from between £5 -£15. I will list the styles and prices shortly.

                    My one is red and been going strong for quite a few years now. I find it is very versatile in it's uses as has been a living room side table come coffee table, a hall way table which meant it got cluttered up with post, and rubbish as was by the front door and became a dumping table. But these days it has made it's home in the kids bedrooms, it is usually in one or the others room depending on who has used it last. They tend to use it for drawing on, model building etc. My daughter likes to make her puzzles on it too and we have a matching chair so this is the perfect size for her rather then my son who looks too big for the chair.

                    This is brought flat packed but as you can see there are only 5 pieces to it a top and four legs. I don't think I even would need instructions for this one, I often moan at my partner as he never looks at instructions. What really surprised me with this table is that even though it looks solid and sturdy the fact is it is really light weight. Can be picked up with one hand easily as I do that when hoovering and want to move it out the way.

                    Sometimes I notice a leg has twisted round at a different angle where it gets moved about or banged into but it twists back in to place easily enough.
                    It is easily wiped clean if gets dirty and is kind of waterproof and by that I mean when a drink is knocked over on it then it doesn't seep into the wood because of the coating on it.


                    The different styles and prices of the Lack side table are as follows all from Ikea website.

                    Birch effect- £8
                    oak effect- £8
                    Black - £8
                    Black/brown - £8
                    Green or white - £5
                    High gloss red grey or white - £10
                    Love multi colour.- £15

                    Assembled size
                    Length: 55 cm
                    Width: 55 cm
                    Height: 45 cm

                    I totally recommend this table especially as it is versatile and also you choose the colour style you want to match your chosen room. With prices from £5 you won't find better quality and most people are aware of Ikea products and their standards.

                    Found out that Lack means to cover in swedish, learn something new everyday.

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                      11.02.2013 13:32
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                      a nice cheap side table for the livingroom

                      I will admit that I have yet to step foot in Ikea (we don't drive and my fiance fears for his bank balance). My Mother In Law visited Ikea a few years ago and came home with four Ikea Lack Side Tables - two for herself and two for us. She figured they would look good in our livingroom. They have been well used since we received them.

                      ~Lack Side Table~

                      This side table is available in different colours including Oak, green, high gloss white, high gloss red and a few other colours. The price you pay varies depending on which colour/finish you choose. We have two of the regular black tables. There are other products in the Lack range including shelves and coffee tables.

                      This table requires a small amount of assembly. All you need to do is screw the four legs into the underside of the table and you are good to go. The table measures 55 x 55 x 45cm and weighs 4.8kg. It can hold up to 25kg in weight. This side table is made from various materials including fibreboard, ABS plastic, particleboard and foil to name a few. Full details are available from www.ikea.co.uk.

                      ~Price and Availability~

                      The Lack Side Table is available from www.ikea.co.uk and instore. The cheapest colours include white, black and green which are priced at £5.00 per table. The gloss finished tables are priced at £10.00. The most expensive option is the Love Multicolour table which is £15.00.

                      ~My Thoughts~

                      When it comes to furniture in my livingroom, I like to keep it simple. My livingroom is black and white so the black tables would fit in perfectly. I hate building up any sort of furniture but putting each table together is a very quick and simple process and I didn't need any assistance. The legs of the table feel very solid and are thick. Each leg has a screw at the top which simply twists into place on the underside of the table top. Once all four legs have been secured in place, the table feels sturdy. Removing the legs to store this table or transport it is a very simple process.

                      Despite being mega cheap, the Ikea Lack Side Table is of a surprisingly high quality. The simple design is likely to fit in with any size, shape or decor of livingroom (or any other room for that matter). This side table is a good size and the matt black finish allows it to blend in to any room. The size makes this side table ideal for slotting in beside a chair or sofa. The table does have nice, smooth finish and the table top is quite deep which gives me confidence that it won't collapse under pressure.

                      The Ikea Lack Side Table is very practical in use. Our main use has been for sitting a lamp, the house phone or some magazines on it. When my son is in bed at night, I sometimes place some little tealight or votive holders on one of our tables and they have experienced any mark or damage. The tables remain durable when I have placed heavy boxes on them. The table I have at the side of my sofa is just the right height to place a glass of juice on but I would recommend a coaster if sitting a hot drink down on this table. There is plenty of room underneath the table to store things including books, toys etc.

                      My Mother In Law did end up giving us her two tables too so we have ended up with four tables in the same design. We opted to use the spare two tables in the toy room for doing craft activities. They are just the right height for my son and nephew to sit at with the plastic chairs and draw or make things. I don't worry so much about these two tables becoming damaged as my Mother In Law has damaged them a little with hot drink rings!

                      These tables are very lightweight and practical to move around. They have came in handy for when we are having a party and need space to put the buffet. They aren't the best height for adults to reach the buffet to be fair but we don't have a dining table or anything so these had to do. They do attract dust very easily but a quick wipe down leaves them very clean. I would recommend drying them off with a towel or dry cloth as they look very streaky when wiped over.

                      ~Conclusion~

                      For a fiver these little side tables are an absolutely bargain price. We have a new glass side table in our livingroom so have dismantled two of the tables and put them in the cupboard until we need them for my sons birthday party in May. The two tables in the toy room are still used and are in great condition. I wouldn't say that the tables would remain in perfect condition if something heavy was dropped on it but for regular, day to day use they are ideal.

                      Thanks for reading :)

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