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Published on March 31st, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Hang your TV on a pole





Gerry wraps a TV round the pole. Sexy than this 2-pole version I received in 2006. Guess with the sleekness of LCD TVs nowadays, you can do away with the extra pole.

“I wanted a TV stand to mount my 32″ LCD. I fabricated the two rails that attach to the TV from steel shelf bracket vertical rails. It was just a matter of drilling three holes in each rail to match the TV mounting holes and a center hole for attaching to the Stolmen pole. The angle bracket is from a Stolmen clothes rail installation kit.

I assembled the unit on the floor with the back side up to make it easy and then lifted it into position and secured it. Cables are enclosed in Ikea Montera plastic cable holder that is attached to the back of the Stolmen tube.”

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35 Responses to Hang your TV on a pole

  1. Dorrit says:

    yeah, cool idea!

  2. Anonymous says:

    That looks hideous.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just what I would want in my room.. a big pole. I’ll stick with the wall mount that looks better.

  4. This would be perfect for a weight room… I think I will do this for ours!

  5. Anonymous says:

    some say it’s hideous… for anyone in a rental property this is actually ingenious.

  6. K says:

    Doesn’t really fit in a normal home. Would love it in a garage or a weightroom (like Elisa said) though. Or in a factory environment.

  7. Moontree says:

    Very clever and it looks pretty sleek. But, how is that a better use of space than just standing the tv on a corner console unit? Aesthetics are one thing but you lose some really useful storage space around that pole.

  8. Stewart says:

    very nice
    but ugly as Hell… but wait…maybe just the beginning…
    Just add more things to the pole to fix the uglies and make it more useful.
    Maybe use as part of of a 2 pole stolmen system. You could add one additional item at a time when you can afford it. Start with this, next add a 2nd pole, then shelves and on and on.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How much did it cost?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Some of you appear to have very narrow views as to what constitutes “normal home” decor, and niceness.

    “Play nice. Be appreciative of another’s efforts. Don’t say anything that you won’t say in front of your mom or daughter.”

    You either get the aesthetic or not. Personally, I find the Stolmen system to be both ingenious and attractive and use it extensively throughout my home…2 cat climbing/lounging trees w cutouts for catnip and wheatgrass, bike mount, hydroponic vegetable garden, wardrobe, TV mount.

    Why is it better than a console or on the wall? It might not be for you, but there are 3 good reasons why it might be for others.

    1. It’s not limited in placement to a console or wall. It can go anywhere there’s a ceiling and floor. I used something very similar to this hack to find the one spot in the room my nieces stay when they visit where the TV could be comfortably viewed from the sofa, work table, play space and both bunk beds. They think it’s the coolest thing ever.
    2. It’s non destructive. No cutting, no drill holes. Place, level, tighten.
    3. Transferable. If it doesn’t work in one place, moving it to the next one is a ten minute job.

    Side note for anyone wanting to try this at home. The aluminum finish poles are about to be discontinued and replaced by a white finish whenever the existing stock runs out. I couldn’t find anyone who could tell me whether it was a matte or gloss finish.

  11. Wouldn’t that be cool if the TV could go up and down on the pole? Maybe with an electric motor?

  12. Anonymous says:

    our bedroom is the perfect setting for this and i would mount it right in the middle of the room facing our bed. i could then add a component that frames the tv unit (to hide its backside). i can finally get rid of the dressers to the side (where the tv currently lives) making for a more modern, minimalist feel.
    thanks a bunch!

  13. Anonymous says:

    if you have a bigger tv, you might want to run 2 poles, and put a piece of ply wood as a shelf.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Be careful about how deep the screws go into the TV. Too far=buying another TV.

  15. COCOCOZY says:

    Yikes. Is this interior design? Not sure whose home this would work in…but I like the idea of just trying something new…t.v. on a rope, t.v in a fishbowl, t.v. on a hook etc.

    xo
    Coco
    COCOCOZY

  16. Anonymous says:

    Not for me :/

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi, make it sure that you have your pole appropriately attached to ceiling. I saw lot of similar setups failing.
    It is because distance between floor and ceiling vary in time.
    So you think that you adjusted your pole correctly but when you are not home, then it gets enough space between top of the pole and ceiling to fall.

    FOK

  18. Viewer says:

    POLE DANCING POLE!!!!

    sorry, just had to say it. but really, it looks really sexy! for the tv of course

  19. Robj98168 says:

    Very Cool! Gives the modern TV a cool RETRO look

  20. Ben says:

    Hey guys…I am a showroom sales rep in an IKEA store…and heads UP….the STOLMEN pole used in this hack is SILVER….and the SILVER poles are being discontinued effective immediately…but only in color.
    IKEA is switching ALL products in the STOLMEN family to WHITE only. Shelves, poles, mounting fixtures, all will be white, and silver/aluminum will no longer be available. Your local IKEA store should currently be selling out of all silver left….so if you want a silver pole…get to your local IKEA store…or wait, and enjoy the new, refined White already in stock or coming soon to all stores!

  21. Personally I think it looks good, then I am a pole fan.

  22. Anonymous says:

    NICE!…I could modify it and use as a double purpose when have a stripper stay over.

    2 Thumbs up!

  23. Henrik says:

    Great… I did one of these myself (not Ikea stuff) and just placed my Wii and my satelite reciever on the back of the screen. Works sweet in my livingroom and I can turn it, so the kids can play and I can watch from my office.

    Take a look here

    http://www.flatpanels.dk/flatforum/viewtopic.php?t=14780

    Text is danish…use google to translate.

  24. This is awesome. Does the TV slide vertically? Be cool if it did.

  25. maternatura says:

    I like it. Very sleek.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Just what I’ve been looking for>

  27. Anonymous says:

    I took the same concept but used some 1 1/4″ emt pipe with threaded coupling from the “orange box” store. Attached a floor flange to a 2′x2′ piece of 3/4″ plywood with 3″ casters. Now I have a mobile tv stand for use out on the deck.

  28. Missy says:

    I first saw this application in a hotel in Santa Barabara. It was very cool. It was at the foot of bed with tv on one side & a mirror on the other side. It swiveled so it allowed for either watching tv in bed or a mirror. Or, sitting on couch to watch tv, which was kind of a room divider in hotel room. Installing a custom one in our house we are building right now.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Wow. I really like this (I’d use the white poles to give it a “floating” look). I live in a rental, with a lot of restrictions on how/where to hang stuff. I’ll give this a shot, and many thanks for sharing!!!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think many people see the advantages of this. I think its ideal for renters with limited room who don’t have space for an entertainment center (like me). The architect of my current apartment decided to put a GIANT WALL sized mirror where the TV is suppose to go (trying to make the apt look larger that what it really is). So, I’m definitely looking for something like this.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant!!! I want to turn our living room TV to face the kitchen/dining area, so I can watch cooking shows or news while I am cooking. I need to figure out how to make this do what I want to do.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Wheres the strippers?

  33. Anonymous says:

    My elderly mother is half blind and half deaf. It would be perfect to mount a small flat screen TV on beside her lift chair. Thanks for the idea.

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