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Published on February 18th, 2011 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Stolmen Floating TV Stand, So Simple Anybody Can Do It!






Materials:
x2 Ikea Stolmen Posts, x2 Ikea Clothes Rail 43 1/4″, x4 Ikea End Fixtures, x1 generic universal 32- 60″ LCD TV flush wall mount, x4 rope binding hooks, x6 1/4″x1″ hexagon bolts with nuts, x6 flat washers, x6 locking washers, Screwdriver, Wrench, Pliers, Ruler, Level

Description: I started this project because I wanted to have a cool way to mount my newly purchased 55″ LCD television. The problem was that I live in a small apartment and I needed to save as much space as I could without putting more holes in my wall. Seeing as how Ikea no longer sells their Stolmen TV mount, I went onto the internet for ideas, including this site, and I found pictures of other people’s project but they either had vague descriptions or required an excessive amount of work or materials (like a drill). So that’s how I came up with this idea where I would use a hooking system that required only basic materials from Ikea, any hardware store, and a basic tool kit (which was also purchased at Ikea- i.e. no drilling needed!)

I started by setting up the poles equidistant from the wall and using a level to make sure they stood up straight.

I then loosely attached the 2 clothes rails using the end fixtures (loosely so that I can adjust them a little later)

Using the two mounting brackets from my universal tv wall mount, I attached two of the hooks to the bracket- one at the top and one around the middle of the bracket. I attached the hooks to the bracket using a combination of the bolt, washer, locking washer, and nut (two for the top hook and one for the bottom hook)

The bracket-hook combination was then attached to my television using the screws included with the wall mount. Measuring the distance from the top hook to the bottom hook, I was now able to make final adjustments to the clothes rail to match the same distance so that each rail would carry the same weight of the TV. Once finally adjusted, the rails were screwed tight in place.

Once the rails, the poles, and brackets were all tightened into place, the TV was then carefully lifted and gently placed into position so that the top 2 hooks were latched onto the top rail and the bottom 2 hooks were latched onto the bottom rail. The TV was centered by simply sliding it either left or right on the rails.

~ Victor Pham, Chicago

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17 Responses to Stolmen Floating TV Stand, So Simple Anybody Can Do It!

  1. Hugh says:

    A few people have decried the change from bare metal to a white paint finish in the Stolmen series, but here I think it combines well with the skirting boards (“crown moulding” I think it’s called in the States) and the other white (or white-ish) bits and pieces shown.

    Nice work. :) Now you just need to tidy up those cables…

  2. Anonymous says:

    anyone have any mods to this type of instal which might allow the tv to be hinged on one side to swing it out 90 degrees so that the space behind the TV could be used/accessible?

    Mike

  3. sendai says:

    I’m confident in the strength of the Stolmen components, but what are those hooks rated at?

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is quite ingenious. Nice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    is your cable box residing BEHIND the screen? if so, can the remote reach it?

  6. this is just what we need for a new led tv. i may have to spray paint all of the older silver finish to white! :)

    @Hugh: skirting = baseboard; crown moulding is used for ceilings. hth.

  7. @sendai: conflicting info – home depot shows 10lb and ace hardware shows 300lb!

  8. get4 Druck says:

    Great idea, now a white lcd or lets make the Metall in black. Nice

  9. Hugh says:

    Thanks Karen. :)

    Mike, you could attach only one end of the two clothes rails, and have some sort of latch on the other side (maybe even just a right-angle Allen key dropped through the hole where a bolt would normally go…?) then you could swing out the TV on the clothes rails. I’m quite sure the rails are NOT rated to hold that sort of load with only one anchor point per rail; nevertheless, if you tightened the fixed side’s round brackets to the vertical pole tightly enough, it might just work.

  10. icerabbit says:

    I have used various kinds of hooks, loops, wires etc for various things and never had a failure, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be confident enough to hang a 55″ tv from them.

    (I would space the poles closer, bolted a board maybe 3/4 size of the tv to them and then hang the tv mount on the board)

    Good job though.

  11. Victor Pham says:

    The TV without the stand weighs 48.5 lbs. I judged that the hooks could at the very least carry 15 lbs each (after all, the package states that one of its original uses was to secure BOATS!) As the weight is distributed evenly across all four hooks and two horizontal poles, the set up should be solid enough to hold the TV. At least for me it has not shown any instability or bending under the stress.

    Since the time I mounted my TV, I have cleaned up the wiring quite a bit and it is now presentable to my guests. Thanks everyone for your comments and compliments!

  12. Jib Jab says:

    Just came across this from Unplggd, great hack!

    Just out of curiosity, what kind of TV is it? LCD, Plasma, or LED? I’ve got a 42″ Samsung Plasma I’d love to try this with, but I’m afraid that the glass screen in a plasma might make it a bit too hefty, but if yours is close to 50lbs like you said, I assume it’s safe to wager that it’s also a plasma?

  13. tony says:

    Hi, really great hack.
    Just wanna clarify, r those the stolmen cloth rail?? cuz those hooks look kind of small for a stolmen rail which is 3cm in diameter, just wanna make sure i get the right config.

    For your information, i found a website that says they support up to 10lbs (http://milo.com/lehigh-3-12-in-zinc-plated-rope-binding-hook). So hows it holding up since then?

  14. Victor Pham says:

    Those ARE the stolmen cloth rails and my TV is still holding up fine, no problems :> I guess those hooks are stronger than they look, but I can’t guarantee anything for TVs that are heavier than mine.
    Using the 1/4″x1″ hexagon bolts will actually “lock” the cloths pole to the hook because of the length of the bolt. Just make sure to keep that top bolt loose prior to hanging it, then tighten it once the hook is hung snugly on the rail.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi, as shown above, live in a small flat and wanted to try and use as litle floor space as possible when fitting my plasma.
    I did the same thing two years ago but slightly differant.
    I had already bought a wall bracket with my 50″ plasma so fitted that to the two cross bars with “U” bolts from B & Q. The TV then fitted on the bracket as normal.
    As well as this I wanted unit to hide a wall radiator plus take an X-box, sound bar, magazine rack, DVD and have storage.

    Managed all and it looks good too.

    Used two poles, two half depth shelves, three shoe racks, four cross poles and a couple of hooks.
    Mounted the TV as shown above with the wall bracket and “U” bolts.
    Just above the raditor I fitted one shelf tight to the wall and the other high up again tight against the wall but adjusted the height as required when finished. I then fitted one of the shoe racks vertical above the lower shelf butting up to it. The TV was then fitted to just touch the upper edge.
    Below the shelf the second show rack was fitted to take take magazines, books etc.
    Below that was fitted the third show rack again vertical and used to fit a sound bar. On the upper shoe rack was fitted an LG Floating DVD player with the cables pulled to the back after drilling holes.
    One of the two remaing poles was fitted behind the lower shoe rack to stop it rotating with the weight of the sound bar. The last pole is still to be fitted but will be fittedabove the upper shelf to help as the back of a DVD rack.
    All cables are out of sight with the x-box tucked away at the back but with good access.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Oh my, something similar to this may be the way I can hang my bookshelves in my new apartment without creating (another) Frankenwall, the result of bolts in drywall. :D

  17. William says:

    Really elegant solution. I like it better than the one I created (which seems a bit more complicated). You can see mine here:

    http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/01/stolmen-entertainment-unit-for-flat.html#comment-form

    At the time I had a smaller tv and so liked using the white shelf behind it. Now that I upgraded to a larger tv I like your idea much better. Note also that you can increase the tv size as much as you like (and can afford) as the tv stays in front of the poles. Well done!

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