Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Industrial Loft Ceiling

Materials: Broder Shelves, Hex Bolts

My laundry in the basement has a open unfinished ceiling. I wanted to cover some of the pipes, wiring etc. without the hassle of a drop ceiling or sheet rock. I also wanted it fairly accessible because I am always running cable or wires for my home theater systems.

I really don’t know how I got the idea. I was in Ikea and saw the Broder units. I like the industrial loft look although I live in a 1950′s row house. My plan was to just run a couple down the center but they seemed to fit pretty well with just the edges exposed on each side.

I used lag bolts and drilled them into the joists. Actually I used a socket wrench so they wouldn’t be too tight. The shelves hang way below any live electrical wires. Wouldn’t want to fry myself.

I can remove them without too much trouble if I have to get to the ceiling.

Not as flexible as drop tiles but way easier than sheet rock. Not a cheap hack however. Shelves were pretty expensive and did this 3 years ago.

~ FRANK JONES, Philadelphia

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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".

4 Responses to Industrial Loft Ceiling

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sweet but too expensive. I’d go with these ones…,97,102&sort=2

  2. Anonymous says:

    It looks like Alien’s “Nostromo”

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  4. Anonymous says:

    That is one sexy hack!

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