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Published on June 25th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Stolmen bike rack the return

Materials: To hang 2 bikes: for the ‘stand’: 1 Stolmen post, 2 Stolmen end fittings, 4 Stolmen hooks, square metal tubing, bike inner tube, nuts and bolts, screws. for the ‘stabiliser’: 2 Dignitet curtain wire packs (i.e. 4 end fixings), Stolmen bracket, steel with a 90° twist, nuts and bolts, saw

Description: This is an adaptation of a hack posted in 2008, which my husband found whilst searching for a sleek storage solution for our 2 mountain bikes. We liked the idea of using the Stolmen post to make use of our incredibly high ceilings and an awkward shaped niche in our office (that wouldn’t fit a standard wall mounted bike stand). We also hacked the Stolmen post to hang our bedroom curtains and wanted to see how many uses we could put it to in our home!! However, as we have a suspended ceiling, we couldn’t fully utilise the expanding feature of the post to secure the stand in place, so we had to hack another Ikea product to create a stabiliser.

We followed Michael’s hack from 2008 for the main bike stand, except that we used inner tube to cover the hooks for a more durable finish: [picture bike hanger]. We also screwed the post into the floor for extra stability.

To make the stabiliser, we (i say ‘we’; i mainly just watched and documented progress with my camera!!) cut the twisted steel to size and then clamped it to the Stolmen post with a standard issue Stolmen bracket and a bolt. After some battling with the wall studs, we placed Dignitet end fixings on the walls behind and in front of the post to prevent the post being pulled forward by the weight of the bikes and also to provide some support in case of inadvertent clumsiness on my part.

We then connected the curtain wires over the steel and clamped them in place with another piece of the cut steel and more bolts, like so:

It took longer than Michael’s half an hour, but we think the result is pretty funky.

~ Shel, London

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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".

9 Responses to Stolmen bike rack the return

  1. shel says:

    errrrr i really wouldn’t try that if i were you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Do you even need the Stolmen post? I’d just string the wire across and hang the bicycle on it.

  3. shel says:

    @korfball sa, there are also plenty of purpose built alternatives available in the uk. we hacked the stolmen because of the height of our celings (over 3m). also, it’s much more attractive!

  4. Korfball SA says:

    For Australians, there is a cheap, purpose built alternative to this method available from
    Best of all it requires no drilling!
    They have regular sales. I bought mine at $46 delivered.

  5. shel says:

    you can get square, metal tubing in most hardware/diy stores. we got ours at homebase (uk).

    shelley, bike gets up there with a ladder (and a tall husband!)… it’s even higher now the other one’s underneath it, but it’s quite a light bike and we would never attempt to take it down without the other on hand to help.

  6. shel says:

    square metal tubing can be bought in most hardware stores. we got ours from homebase (uk).

    bike goes up there with a ladder (and a tall husband). it’s actually even higher now the other one’s underneath!

  7. Shelley says:

    Wondering how you get the bike all the way up there?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where can I find the square post that the hooks bolt on to ?

  9. Singer Construction says:

    Very cool idea. I’ll use this for my own bikes.

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