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How to Upgrade Your IKEA Table with Fabric

My Fabric Covered Tables

When I moved into my current apartment, I went to IKEA looking for a new dresser.  I found one that I absolutely could not live without…it was sunshine yellow (my favorite!) and had a country look about it.  I brought it home and roped my boyfriend into helping me put it together.  He took a look at all the directions and then at me, saying, “the directions show all the pieces plus a hammer equals a smiley face.  Not to mention they give directions in every language except English.”

Needless to say, about an hour later we got the thing assembled…and, as luck would have it, my boyfriend did not end up with a smiley face like the directions said he would.

Thankfully, that’s not the case with ALL IKEA furniture.  Their tables in the LACK series are totally easy to assemble and take apart for easy moving and storage.  The legs simply screw into the tabletop and you’re good to go.  I own about 5 different tables from the LACK series.  Only problem…I hate that they’re white.

Since they can’t be painted (partly because of what they’re made of and the finish that’s been painted on them), I decided to cover them in fabric to give them some personality.  It’s so easy and it’s a great way to liven up your room and your furniture!

Fabric Covered IKEA Tables

–Glue gun

–LOTS of glue sticks

–IKEA LACK table (or any table of your choosing)

–Fabric of your choice (at least 2 yds, depending on the size of your table)

–Tape measure

If you’re using an IKEA LACK table, disassemble the legs from the tabletop.

Lay your fabric face down on a flat surface.

Measure the length of the leg (from the bottom of the leg to the top.  DO NOT COUNT THE SCREW IN YOUR MEASUREMENT).  Let’s say this equals 10 inches, for the sake of description.

Then using your tape measure, wrap it around the leg to check the thickness.  Add four inches to account for wiggle room.  Let’s say that equals 12 inches.

Cut a piece of fabric that measures 10” long by 12” wide.  Laying it face side down (so you’re looking at the back side of the fabric), place the leg about 2” from the length edge of the fabric.  Place a glue strip on the edge of the leg and quickly cover it with the fabric.  Roll the leg up in the fabric and secure it with another glue strip.  See this image for an illustration.

Leg Roll Up

Repeat this for each of the legs.

When you’re ready to do the tabletop, measure the length and the height of the table.  Measure the edge and add 2” to all 4 sides to allow for wiggle room.  See this PDF for an illustration.

Table Wrap Up

Lay the fabric face side down and the table on top of that, face side down.  Wrap the table like a present, tucking in corners and securing with hot glue (see picture below to see what I mean).

Assemble your table and there you have it!

I can understand how all this seems complicated…so I also included IKEA directions if these work better for you:

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