Published on December 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Stolmen into mid-century unit/space-divider/desk

Materials: Stolmen poles + wood

Description: After carefully deciding the sizes of the shelves and of the “working station”, (sketchup plan appeared pretty useful to avoid mistakes) I cut/sand/tint in teak color/varnished each part from one 5′ x 5′ cherry wood board bought at a local shop. I made them a kind of back to avoid the books from falling off since it was going to be used as a room divider.

Boring white Stolmen poles were turned to black with spray paint.

I added two black desk leg from Ikea also to provide more stability.

The whole unit was finally assembled according to Ikea Stolmen instructions.
Tadam ! Multi-purpose unit whit a vintage twist.

~ laurence, montreal canada

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13 Responses to Stolmen into mid-century unit/space-divider/desk

  1. tess says:

    Do you know how much weight the braces can hold? I would like to use your idea for a hand weight rack in my workout room.
    Wonderful project, thanks!

  2. Alessandro says:

    This is so good! I didn’t get what you used the cherry wood for? I understood you varnished the original IKEA shelves, or did you cover them up with real wood? In the latter case, did you sand and painted directly the plastic-y surface of the stolmen shelves? cheers!

    • Jack says:

      He didn’t use IKEA shelves, just Stolmen poles and mounting pieces. The cherry wood shelves are planks from a local shop, that he sanded and stained to look teak.

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  4. Anna says:

    This is indeed a fabulous configuration. Could you please tell me how the shelves are attached to the mounting fixtures? I’ve seen diagrams that call for a metal plate to be attached to the shelves. Thanks!

  5. michael moore says:

    Not sure if anyone will see this, but could anyone comment on the idea of using this setup as a standing desk?

    I am very much in the market for a cool standing desk and this looks like it might be a cool option.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Is it possible to just buy the pole sections of stolmen without buying the shelving part?

  7. Anonymous says:

    What did you use to mount the shelves? The Stolem mounting fixtures?

    • Anonymous says:

      yes I used the stolmen fixtures that i also painted in black. for the desk i added two legs in the front, but theyt were already black. i used regular enamel pray paint but i think the epoxy spray can would have been more appropriated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, those are the Stolmen clamps. He just painted them black.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It looks great but the funny ting is, Ikea used to make just such a unit. I think it was called Niklas.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think this looks fabulous.

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