[Better project-complete photos added.]
An absurd set of requirements leads to a hacked compression shelving system for easy maneuverability and expansion.
Recently I 'earned' some upgraded bookshelves. Having casually shopped shelving for a while, I knew I had some rather absurd requirements:
* easy to break down and transport
* useful as a free-standing divider or against a wall
* adjustable to varying ceiling heights
A few years ago I chanced across Julie Scheu's "pogo" free-standing bookshelves
. I wanted them immediately. Since they were a commissioned piece for a gallery in New York, I opted to build my own version. In metal. From ikea parts.
While researching compression shelving (the official vocab, it seems), I found sites devoted to pre-built systems. Most were for commercial use—boring and expensive at the same time. Thankfully, a site comparing compression shelving referenced ikeahacker and Lucien's stolmen/jarpen shelves
I integrated the two ideas using Ikea's Ekby shelves, Stolmen poles & brackets and some alternate parts. Identifying the alternate parts was a chore, due to Ikea's habit of not providing schematics. However I'm happy to share the results of my trial-and-error process that will hopefully make things smoother for any other ikeahackers using Stolmen parts.
Let's begin the short 'n sweet tour.