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Published on August 31st, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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No space for PC, lets hang it up on the wall





Materials: Plinga range powder-coated steel hat rack 001.525.93

Description: After sort of redecorating a room, there was no place on the floor left for my PC, so I used a very cheap (2.5 Euros on sale) IKEA hat rack, item # 001.525.93, fixed that up on the wall upside down, then put my PC inside that.

This metal hat rack is strong enough for the weight of my very heavy PC (a 11 year old P-III btw), also is a bit longer so cables etc can stay inside.

On second thought, this thing might also be used to place a human baby inside, has the right size, if placed somewhat lower on the wall, like over a bed or something like that. Maybe I sould have bought another one…

Really cheap stuff, cause I am a very cheap person. Lots of other non – IKEA stuff in the pics get misused as well.

~ Antonios T. Andronoglou, Athens, Greece

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18 Responses to No space for PC, lets hang it up on the wall

  1. Anonymous says:

    A practical solution, but nothing to brag about. You could have put some more effort into it.

  2. Moontree says:

    How sturdy the hat rack is is irrelevant- but it does very much matter how you’ve mounted it to the wall. I’m guessing since it was designed to hold little more than hats & scarves the included hardware isn’t very secure; I’m hoping that you at least used some anchors or lolly-bolts to hold it up there, otherwise it could easily come crashing down on you. You really don’t want to be cheap with this kind of thing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    In my opinion, “hack” implies some sort of elegance, either in idea or in execution. The word for this abomination is “kludge”.

  4. this post is very usefull thx!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Re-appropriation is not a hack.

  6. And every time you need to insert or eject a disk you have to stand-up and go looking for the tray on your toe-tips?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this qualifies as a hack? What’s next? A stolen yellow Ikea shopping bag bolted to the wall?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments.

    Before doing that I used to have my PC up on a storage closet, even higher than now, very close to the ceiling, in a horizontal position. It is much more accesible now.

    I had no space on the floor, I had to put it up on the wall somewhere, this is my best way of doing it, I definitely like what I did taking into account the money I spent to do it.

    I agree that I did not modify the IKEA part, I did not know I had to do that, maybe I could saw off the hooks meant to hang clothes from it, however it would look exactly the same.

    I fixed it on the wall in a way that the IKEA part itself may break but the fasteners will not come off the wall, my wall has a wooden covering, if fixing this to a masonry wall then I would use a masonry drill of 6 mm diameter, insert plastic plug in the hole and use 5 cm minimum length posidriv countersunk conical head screws.

    The IKEA part itself is very strong by being a bit flexible by design of the metal pipe loops on each side, flex is good for such a part.

    I very rarely use the CD/DVD, however the ceiling is low, so the PC is not very high, I can touch the ceiling easily and I am not tall, so I do not need to get up on my toes at all.

    As you can see, this is not your average luxury appartment, what I did is not that great maybe, sorry about that, but I thought someone else might have similar needs, so I sent it over here to be published. That’s all.

    Thanks again everyone for the comments.

    Antonios T. Andronoglou
    Athens, Greece

  9. Dina says:

    Simple things can really be a good thing when thought of well. This is a very cool idea especially for the young who just started being separated from the family. Though it seems a little scattered, it is still a good thing that you pointed out ways on how to save space.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I like it , even though it’s not “elegant”. When one lacks space, one must find a way..and you found one.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I seriously hope you don’t put a human baby in this!

  12. Anonymous says:

    a good idea, I hadn’t considered putting my pc on the wall, but it boils down to a shelf at the end of the day. It might have been made to look tidier by having all the cables boxed in and running down the corner of the room, which would also have the box rotated so that the DVD is more readily accessible (although I think I spend more time added/removing peripherals than using DVDs these days.)

    I wonder if you had a desktop case could you mount that directly to the ceiling? might be troublesome getting it back down tho!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’d seriously worry about the heat at that height. PC’s do not do well with ambient heat. The CPU and power supply fans will strain greatly. Remember- heat rises. And heat shortens the life of PC components.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is a fine hack, since the wall mount is idea is elegant and inspirational.

  15. Anonymous says:

    How is this a “hack”? I have a better “hack” solution… ready?….

    get a laptop!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Look how that monitor is sitting!

    Get a laptop and you’re done!

    Not really a hack, but I think it is a better solution.

  17. Ashley says:

    Wouldn’t it have made more sense to attach that speaker to the wall and put the PC where the speaker is sitting, on the floor, next to the desk? In the first pic I can clearly see some more floor space there (or even around the corner to the left, on the bookshelf). This whole setup looks dangerous, especially when you see the monitor looks like it’s just *barely* resting on that shelf.

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