Published on September 7th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Grundtal pivoting TV mount

Materials: Grundtal Shelf, Billy Bookcase

I wanted a way to float my TV in the air, at an adjustable angle. I also needed to not make any holes in the walls of my rented flat. I wanted a pivoting-telescoping mount, one that would allow me to put the TV out of the way when (for example) flying model helicopters.

A Sunday spent prowling Ikea for inspiration saw me buying a Grundtal stainless steel kitchen shelf.

I then proceeded to assemble it very wrongly indeed.

~ Andy Pugh, Essex, UK

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9 Responses to Grundtal pivoting TV mount

  1. Renée says:

    I applaud your ingenuity. Sounds like you thought through the front-heavy issue as well, which was my first thought. I pinned this to my Pinterest board bc I like it so much, even though I doubt I’d be able to replicate it if there is welding involved. :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    The bracket is mounted to the bookcase with Tee-nuts ( ) bolted through the side panels of the bookcase, well back from the edge. It would have to tear out a large piece of the bookcase to fall off. It has lasted a few years so far. The whole book case was bolted _through_ the wall at the top, out of the landlord’s line of sight.
    The polycarbonate sliders were not part of the Grundtal, but I find the telescope function isn’t being used anyway. All the other material is various bits of the shelf.
    I did do some welding, but I think that it could be done without welding using more bolts. (flattening the ends of tubes for the Vesa mount points, for example.)
    I did consider the materials properties concerns in the first few comments, and I think I addressed them. (I have a PhD in materials science, but admit to designing this by “feel”)

  3. Anonymous says:

    a friend of mine, next door to my boyfriend, has the high end version of it. no billy and no grundtal are involved, and it costed them something like 1000euro, and the home designer intervention.
    i’ll have a thought about it and plan how to use this idea!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Beate. It is an awsome idea and while a Billy without some kind of re-enforcement may not be the best choice it isn’t the only choice available. This is a great idea and one I’ll try for myself.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’d recommend a second mount point. Stolmen pole perhaps?

  6. Beate says:

    So what? It looks great, it is a good idea. Get the inspiration and do it save in your own way. Screw the Billy on the wall, put a pillow under it, don’t touch it, don’ crawl under it….just take the inspiration and focus on what you want. It is a good idea, whatever you say.

  7. Anonymous says:

    could you give us some more information about your assembly? Looks great, but what parts did you buy exactly? And did you weld something? I’m facing almost the same problem as you did and was thinking about a similar solution… Thanks! Mark, Berlin, Germany

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with the above poster. While I applaud your initiative, I wouldn’t want to dangle my shiny LCD screen on something that precarious.

    Something you may not have considered is that metal fatigue (and wooden stress fractures) can happen slowly over time. Small vibrations from passing cars. people walking above / below. All jiggle the mounting points.

    If this fails, its likely to fail catastrophically, taking a decent chunk out of the wall, the floor, and anyone who’s in its way when it goes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The idea is a good one, but I would not want to stand within 10′ of this. The shelf components you used are not designed for high loads like this (the large moment arms create high stress). The Billy bookcase is just particle board and should never be used for a structural support like this. You mentioned you didn’t want to damage the walls, so the bookcase is probably not screwed to the wall – another potential disaster.

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