Introduction: DIY Draisienne (hack of IKEA's Frosta Stool by Andreas Bhend and Samuel N. Bernier)

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In november 2012, Core77 made an article on their blog about one of my projects, a collection of 3D printed lampshades made to repair IKEA lamps. At the end of the page, the writer (Ray) made a suggestion :

"Where Andreas Bhend's recently-seen IKEA hacks included instructions à la the Swedish furniture giant's pictographic booklets, Bernier has seen fit to customize a part of the whole. But if they're disparate yet equally creative approaches to DIY making, perhaps the next step is for the two to join forces: Andreas, if you're reading this, we'd love to see you guys collaborate on a series of IKEA hacks with bespoke 3D printed parts and instructions..."

That's exactly what we did.

Andreas is a student in the east of Switzerland while I work full time for le FabShop, a 3D printing startup in Paris (France).
We didn't know each other, but were motivated by the project. Andreas took the train to Paris where we spent two days and a half doing this :

To get all the instructions, Andreas made one of his famous DIY manual, inspired by the IKEA classic. You'll find everything you need. 
To download the 3D printing files, go to our Makerbot Thingiverse account :
If you don't have access to a 3D printer (or a friend who has one) you can order the parts directly from us at
You can also build and custom your own parts! They don't even have to be orange by the way ;)

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jmdushi (author)2015-03-29

Your Draisienne has found her way to a Dutch newspaper

y_waaay made it! (author)2014-08-31

Making this difficult for me. But I worked hard !
Had to use different bolts as I couldn't find the ones used in the original project.
And Didn't add the handle. I put a saddle instead of the handle.

travel_bug (author)2013-04-04

Love it! It'd be a great project to make for my nephews. How much do you charge for the parts? Can't wait to see more projects by you guys!

le FabShop (author)travel_bug2013-04-05

Hi, Thanks.
You can either download directly the models on Thingiverse and get them printed yourself by a 3D printing company. Or, order them on le FabStore (wich should be online in two weeks... i hope) ;)

Also, you can even try your own design to replace the plastic parts. You can try other materials, other techniques. If you do, please post me the results!

travel_bug (author)le FabShop2013-04-05

We don't have that stool here in Canada =( At least, online anyway. I'll have to check in stores. I don't have access to a 3D printer, if I can't come up with something creative, I'll check your site again when I'm ready to build. Thanks again! =)

Eh Lie Us! (author)2013-03-28

Man, this is a wonderful hack of a common item. Please excuse my enthusiam but this is the type of thinking that will save humanity!

chotzeny (author)2013-03-27

Excellent - Beautiful...
Simple and Brilliant...

matthieutje65 (author)2013-03-19

great instructable and realy like the idea of doing a manual like IKEA as instructions! but where those 3D printed parts realy necessary? those are some realy basic parts you've printed :)

le FabShop (author)matthieutje652013-03-20

Haha, yes you can make the printed parts with pretty much anything else, as mentioned in the text. We are a 3D printing startup, so we kinda have to use our technology in our projects ;) The orange disks on the sides are actually very important for the bike's stability.
You can use any 8mm thick material. And yes, they are basic parts! The fact is that, 3D printed volumes don't necessary have to look complex and organic. A desktop 3D printer is a tool for creation, like any other, but much more flexible. Where I would ave needed 3-4 tools, I only needed one. Also, it is much lighter (30g each part)

r_harris2 (author)le FabShop2013-03-25

The other think that strikes me about 3D printing is the efficiency of material use. One could probably make those disks more quickly on a lathe, and they could have nicely finished edges just like the 3D printed parts, but that would also generate a pile of waste material. Whether simple or complex, the 3D printing process creates parts with very little waste.

cindi59 (author)2013-03-24

Not a bike. A bicycle you pedal. This is more like a scooter!

le FabShop (author)cindi592013-03-24

It is actually called a Draisienne. Like in the title.

cindi59 (author)le FabShop2013-03-24

Bike was what was in the title on the email.

r_harris2 (author)cindi592013-03-25

I believe the email subjects and texts come from Instructables staff, not the author.

mlenski (author)2013-03-25

Great. Simple. I'd say it's Ockham's dream ;-). To protect wheels I'd use bike inner tube

mattdvm (author)2013-03-24


porcupinemamma (author)2013-03-24

Wow!!! Just plain wow! That little boy has very cool inventors in his life. Awsome job.

mcbennett (author)2013-03-23

Love this!

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