Ikea worked-over

the new cabinet doors hide all my wires

  • Antoi 9y

    nice!! i do love the lack series, and coveted this piece when i got my first apt. what are the doors made of? nice king ken btw :P
  • Matt Pierce 9y

    Hey special combo, thanks. The doors are acrylic from Tap Plastics. They have lots of cool colors/opacities too - www.tapplastics.com
  • Antoi 9y

    great idea. i actually have a tap plastics a few blocks away from me. i keep meaning to drop by.

    i'd love to explore modifying a lack shelf, if you don't mind a 2nd one in existence. did you install any guides to keep the doors in place?
  • Matt Pierce 9y

    Yeah, you should totally modify it! I bought two sticks of 1/4" aluminum channel and some tiny, flat-top screws from Ace Hardware. Bought 1/8" acrylic/poly from Tap and had them cut it and drill the finger holes. I took out all the Lack uprights except the center one – which I had to re-drill and install about 3/8" back to accomodate the door rails. Pre-drill screw holes in the channel and Lack. I had to drill bigger holes in the channel so the screws were slightly counter-sunk and the doors would slide over them alright. Finally, screw the channel in place except for one end... slide the doors in and all the way to the other side and you'll be able to screw the un-attached rail ends to the Lack. Oh, and the door panels are 36"w X 9.5"h.

    Hope that helps... let me know how it goes!
  • j a i m 9y

    Thanks for the great link!
  • Antoi 9y

    hi, thanks for the info! i'm totally going to do this set up for my tv area.
  • rozelida 8y

    Hi I would like to try this also, , where can I purchase 1/4" aluminum channel online?
  • Matt Pierce 8y

    Hi rozelida... not sure if I've seen that channel for sale online... maybe at the ace hardware website? Where do you live? There's got to be a hardware store somewhere in your area, isn't there?
  • designutopia 4y

    Hi Matt, I am doing the same hack on a IKEA Leksvik entertainment unit and was wondering if you had any issues with scratches on the acrylic panels when they slide over each other due to them sharing the same channel & not having dedicated tracks. Every double track system I saw is too wide for me and the 1/4 channel from ACE hardware fits perfectly but wanted to check with you first if you had any issues with scratches.
  • Matt Pierce 4y

    designutopia I did think about scratches, but thankfully I never saw any after usage. To make sure, I did put a little strip of electrical tape on the inside top and bottom of the front panel... down in the channel areas. Just to give a tiny bit of space. Worked on the first time, I didn't use that method on the second one and it was still fine. As long as you keep your acrylic panels somewhat clean, they shouldn't scratch each other. Good luck!
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