Bolmen garbage+can+ikea+hack-706257

Published on April 30th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Ikea leftover’s garbage can with auto open

Materials: Bolmen Garbage Can, Blanken Corner Wall Shelf, Deka Curtain Wire w/ Clips, Ikea Knob from Dresser, Grundtal Rail Ends & Rationell Variera plastic rail guide.

Description: So when we moved to our new home I encountered a problem that I couldn’t find a garbage can that would fit under my sink, there wasn’t an auto open can small enough that could clear the pipes and such.

I bought the Bolmen garbage can as a temporary measure until I found something better. But one day, with a flash of brilliance, I combined it with host of other items I had and made exactly what I wanted.

The Grundtal Rail ends supply bottom support for the Blanken corner wall shelf to mount to with zip ties I had left over from some Ikea cord tubing I had bought.

The can itself is held in place using a Rationell Variera rail guide that was an extra we got in a package, the groove of the can fits nicely into the groove of the guide.

Lastly I used some spare Deka curtain wire minus the clips that was used for an art installation and fixed one end to the counter the other to the lid with just enough slack so when the door is opened the lid opens up.

I used a knob from an old Ikea dresser we had to attach to the other end of the Deka on the underside of the lid to provide a bit of weight to assist the lid return when the door closes.

Lastly I attached the can to the corner wallshelf with some screws, because sometimes when near empty the can would sometimes pop out and fall over.

Sounds like a lot eh? It was actually pretty easy.

~ mcquarris

More hacks on

Elegant Engan catbox
Hallway storage bench

The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to Ikea leftover’s garbage can with auto open

  1. I sat there with my mouth open marveling at your genius. VERY cool mod!

  2. Robj98168 says:

    Love this hack… Am definetely going to copy

  3. John Taylor says:

    “a flash of brilliance” real hack. Love it, especially how you made good use of an unexpected item: the spare Deka curtain wire.
    John Taylor,
    window blinds liverpool quick tips on selecting the right shape and styling your room

  4. Anonymous says:

    I dunno
    its a solution without a problem
    why do you need a lid to begin with?
    I’m just saying””

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow I am facing the same problem and hoping to get moving on this. please tell more, For example, it is not clear that you mounted this to the door. Is the Grundtal Rail a better way of securing the corner than just attaching the corner to the door because it sticks out to support it? thanks.

  6. Mandi says:

    Genius! Now THAT is a hack!!

  7. emilyadi says:

    Nice! My boyfriend and I were just talking about what we were going to do because our trash also does not fit under the sink.

  8. 80sboy says:

    Brilliant! Love the creative thinking behind this!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Back to Top ↑