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Published on March 20th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


things to do with a solsta pallbo footstool

the humble solsta pallbo footstool is more versatile that you think. a little imagination is all it needs.

1. give it a new look like what lynn did
“i have my own little baby ikea hack from a while ago. they had a bright lemon yellow floor sample solsta pallbo footstool on sale. i can’t recall how much it was, but it was far less expensive than a new one. i had some fabric at home that i’d been holding for the right project and i new this was it! the fabric is a crushed black cotton velvet. i’m really happy with it!”


2. stow a media player like how rick johnson did it


“i have a computer that i was using for a media player and it looked really dumb beside the tv. i decided to stuff the computer into the footstool. now the computer doesn’t look totally out of place in the room and a dvd drive in the side of the footstool is a good conversation starter.

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10 Responses to things to do with a solsta pallbo footstool

  1. Anonymous says:

    brilliant, but bro, the material is not fire proof… if overheated then caught fire can burn your house down idiot !!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Rick:

    At the risk of being too obvious .. did you have to cut the top off or was it designed that way.

    Is it a storage footstool? Can’t tell on the Ikea site..

  3. JackayLee says:

    我从来没看到过这样特别的电脑!(I have never seen such special computers!)
    欢迎回访!(Re welcome!)

  4. rick says:

    I’ll comment on the media player footstool since I built it. :)

    The media player is using Geexbox which is a linux based setup that fits in about 3MB. I use it to stream content via UPNP from a Mac. No media is stored on the footstool. (there’s a funny sentence)

    I’m not worried about the hard drive dying. First, it’s a 10GB hard drive that’s at least 5 years old and it’s ok if it dies. Second, it boots in about 30 seconds and then 5 minutes later the HD spins down. I rarely even use the DVD drive so it doesn’t run much either.

    Yes, you could add a mount for the HD.

    The mobo is mounted on rubber standoffs to the inside of the footstool. It doesn’t get very hot since the entire bottom of the footstool is open and it’s a 1GHZ pentium.

  5. Dammy says:

    Great ideas.

    Regards from spain.

  6. Arv says:

    That looks real good! Do you mount the motherboard directly on a wooden wooden plate in there, or how did you do it? Doesn’t it get a little to warm though? Or did you put in ventilation of any sort?

  7. gecko says:

    What an awesome idea for a doubly functional media center!

    One question: Do you think there’s a possibility in adding a fixed mount for the hard drive? That’s the heart of the media center- and spinning on its own like that isn’t good for it in the long run!

  8. Prometeo says:

    The hard drive will die. The vibrations of the cdplayer will affect to it, I recommend you to place HD in other way.

  9. CoralPoetry says:


    Congrats on being a blog of note.

    At first, I thought it said idea hacker. It isn’t very cool to like Ikea, but I do – When in doubt, ikea has the answer.


  10. Anonymous says:

    the footstool in the first pic is too ridiculously AWESOME!

    that is something i could totally do (as opposed to all the hacks that require use of power tools which i am clueless about) and as soon as i get around to redecorating my room, a reupholstered footstool is so on top of my list!


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