I didn't forget, I've just been uninspired. Because today's piece, the Lack Salontafel/Coffee Table has become increasingly uninspiring in the time we have owned it. It's one of the last "big" pieces in the house that I planned to write about and I kept putting it off because the table has been annoying me, and I've been petty and unable to let it go. But today I pulled on my big girl boots and I'm ready to review, so here we go!
|Lack Salontafel/Coffee Table in white. |
Notice that I put a coffee cup on top to prove that it is, indeed, a coffee table.
Our Lack Salontafel/Coffee table is the larger version. Don't be fooled - there are two Lack Salontafels/Coffee Tables. The smaller is 90cm x 55cm x 45cm and about half the price, the larger (reviewed here today) is 118 cm x 78 cm x 45 cm; but both have a "magazine shelf" underneath, come in the same 3 colors (white, black-brown, and "birch effect"), and seem to be made of the same materials (fiberboard, particle board, paper, acrylic paint). And I'll go out on a limb and assume that the construction process is the same.
The construction process is simple. Starting with the table top upside-down, screw in each leg (like a giant screw) into place. Then screw into place each "L" bracket. As always, do yourself a favor and use a power drill instead of the tiny allen wrenches that come in the hardware packaging - specifically if you plan on putting several pieces together. Once each L bracket is in place, flip the table onto its correct side, slide the magazine shelf in, crawl under the table, and attach to the L brackets with screws to the magazine shelf.
|L bracket supporting magazine shelf|
IKEA recommends that two people put the table together for safety, but since I like to flirt with danger I put it together by myself. The magazine shelf is surprisingly heavy - it seems to act as an anchor weight for the whole table because the top and the legs are hollow/filled with paper - and if you have a bad back, the awkward motion of lifting and sliding this large piece alone could cause you to do something uncomfortable.
One of the important things to remember about the whole Lack Series is that it is the cheapest of the cheap. The prices are very affordable, but the quality is lacking (see what I did there?), even for an IKEA product. I have 3 major problems with the piece that stem from two main issues: the legs weren't flush with the corners when screwed in all the way, and there seems to be no protective finish or lacquer.
When I screwed the legs in, one in particular didn't wasn't flush with the corner when screwed it, making it impossible to put in the magazine shelf. So I was forced to leave it partially out, and the leg manages to turn itself on its own volition. This makes the table look even cheaper than it is and makes me wonder about the overall stability of the table.
The other issue is that without a protective lacquer, the table top and legs have suffered lots of chips and gouges from normal use and is more prone to damage from pen and marker. I've accidentally had pen go off my paper and left marks, and Little Man had a moment of artistic inspiration with a navy blue marker that left several interesting outlines of all items sitting on the table at that time. IKEA says to wash with a damp cloth, and that mostly takes care of it, but the pen and washable marker that come off of the other IKEA products without much effort are still visible in some places after 6 different washings.
|Just two of many, many chips in the paint.|
Even though I know it's a "cheap" item, I'm pretty annoyed by the deficiencies of the Lack Salontafel/Coffee Table. The Lack receives the Life in Dutch rating of 2 Swedish meatballs. Points are lost for the overall poor quality, no protective lacquer, and leg problems. It's still standing, so that's something, but if this thing takes on any more issues, I may have to find some ideas to Hack the Lack and "improve" it. We'll see.
Life in Dutch Rating for Lack Salontafel/Coffee Table: