Convert an IKEA Stolmen Into a George Nelson-Style Wall Unit

Convert an IKEA Stolmen Into a George Nelson-Style Wall Unit

Chris Perez
Jan 7, 2013

I've been lusting after a George Nelson wall unit, a common sight at my favorite interior design sources. With a beautiful wood finish and a design that is both functional and modular, it just knocks it out on a lot of fronts. The price however, at anywhere from $2k-$4k, is also a knockout. Luckily, there's a new solution I just spotted on IKEA Hackers. It looks so great I may just have to try it myself.

This simple hack was constructed from IKEA's STOLMEN system -- which unimaginatively only comes in white on white.

The clever owner behind this mod simply painted the white rods black with spray paint, and then used real wood from the lumber store for shelving and a desk.

"I cut/sand/tint in teak color/varnished each part from one 5' x 5' cherry wood board bought at a local shop. I made them a kind of back to avoid the books from falling off since it was going to be used as a room divider."

I haven't tried purchasing a STOLMEN system yet, but I think you can buy the poles separately for a budget-friendly solution. If you're putting things on your list for the cleanse, this midcentury hack may just deserve some consideration.

Make the classic your inspiration...

(Images: 1,3. IKEA Hackers 2. IKEA 4. 1st Dibs)

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