Ikea Hack: Mobile Whiteboard




Introduction: Ikea Hack: Mobile Whiteboard

About: Making for the Sake of Making

The Mobile Whiteboard is a whiteboard on wheels. I had a white gloss Ikea Linnmon desk but I needed a whiteboard. Some iron pipe later and I made it happen.

Step 1: Materials + Tools

Materials: All pipe is 3/4" galvanized iron from Home Depot

  • white high gloss Linnmon table top from Ikea
  • 90 degree elbow pipe x6
  • tee pipe x4
  • cap pipe x4
  • 2" pipe x4
  • 6" pipe x2
  • 8" pipe x2
  • 36" pipe x2 I had cut as part of a 10' pipe
  • 23 3/4" pipe x2 I had cut as part the aforementioned 10' pipe
  • four 1" plastic sockets for 5/16" diameter x 1 1/2" stem from Amazon
  • 3" diameter wheel with 5/16" diameter x 1 1/2" stem x4 from Home Depot
  • Gold and black spray paint from Home Depot. Be sure to use paint that bonds well with metal


  • electric drill
  • 1 1/8" diameter bit
  • crescent wrench

Step 2: Paint the Pipes

Spray paint your pipes according to your preferences. I chose gold for the joints and black for the pipes because those colors go well together. Use tape and corks to prevent painting the inside of the pipe.

Step 3: Measure Twice, Drill Once

Before drilling, measure twice. Assemble the whiteboard backing. Account for slight variations in the pipe length and mark the back and front accordingly. Begin drilling from the front. Drilling from the back first could crack the whiteboard surface in undesirable ways. After drilling each hole, check that your pipes still line up with your markings.

Step 4: Assemble the Frame

Stand the whiteboard on its edge and fasten the backing securely with the caps. Lay the whiteboard on it's front and attach the 36" pipes. Place a stack of books under these pipes to raise the bottom ends and attach the feet. Push the plastic sockets into the feets' elbow pipes until snug. It's okay is some of the plastic is exposed. Screw the wheels into the plastic sockets and tighten with the crescent wrench. Stand your whiteboard up. If your whiteboard is lopsided, it's probably because of variations in the pipe length. This can be accounted for by loosening the appropriate wheels.

Step 5: Enjoy

Enjoy...after locking the wheels in place.

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    6 years ago

    So I made this for my wife for work. The issue we came across are the dry erase markers disappear as soon as you start writing. As if there is a film preventing the marker from remaining. Has anyone come across this and is there a fix? I could not find any protective film to peel off either.

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    Reply 6 years ago

    I use Expo dry erase markers and haven't had any problems. If it's not the marker, it's the surface. Their are whiteboard paints you can apply.


    7 years ago

    The ikea link is down. Can I just purchase white board material?


    So cool! Very professional looking. Those plastic pipe to caster adapters are a neat find.