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Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Broder Shelf – Modern Steel Wall in 30 minutes!

Materials: Broder galvanized steel shelf X 10, drywall inserts, floral wire, drywall screws, screw hooks, measuring tape, level.

Description: This hack was inspired by my recent trip to the Ikea As-Is department. As seen in the images, I had an awkward shaped sloped wall behind my couch. This is problematic because my large canvas could not be centered! The goal: create a large modern metal wall that will still allow light to come through- oh, and NO construction!

Step 1- purchase 10 galvanized steel Broder shelves. (I got mine in the As-Is department for 1$ each! total steal!)

Step 2- (2 minutes) Measure your wall! These shelves measure 46″ X 14.5″. The goal was to cover the entire wall- so I measured accordingly and purchased what I needed to fill the wall. Lucky for me, the width and length were perfect for my space.

Step 3- (8 minutes) I drilled two holes on the ceiling above the awkward slant so I could descend my shelves (see image). I recommend using drywall inserts because these shelves can get heavy. I then screwed in two hooks, allowing me to hang the shelves using floral wire.

Step 4- (20 minutes) Hang your shelves! USE A LEVEL while hanging so all the shelves line up. While hanging shelves in front of the awkward slant I continued to use floral wire to connect my shelves… Attaching the top shelf to my ceiling hooks, second shelf to top shelf, then third to second. After this I was able to actually put screws into the wall and just hang the shelves directly. Make sure that the shelves are equally spaced from each other while hanging using a measuring tape.

Step 4- ADMIRE and ENJOY!

TIP- galvanized steel has the tendency to yellow/dull over time… prevent this with a clear acrylic coating that can be purchased at your local hardware store.

~ Amber Richter, Orange County, CA

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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".

5 Responses to Broder Shelf – Modern Steel Wall in 30 minutes!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well….the reason you got the shelves so cheap was they are descontinued so… nice idea but one of a kind and hard to reproduce

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this!!! what a great idea! and the price cant be beat, nice job.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, a real steel steal!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why didn’t you place the ceiling anchors further apart?

  5. Super cool and I like the space overall.

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