Ikea Hack: Articulating Camera Mount




About: Making for the Sake of Making

The Articulating Camera Mount is an easy Ikea hack and amazing tool for the amateur desktop photographer. It allows for overhead and hands-free shots. This can be great if you're trying to scan a document or shoot time-lapse or instructional videos. Plus it only costs $14.

Step 1: Materials + Tools


  • Tertial Lamp from Ikea
  • 1/4 in by 20 screw from Home Depot
  • wine cork from cellar


  • screw driver
  • wire cutter
  • needle nose pliers
  • hacksaw
  • cutting mat
  • Sharpie
  • ruler
  • sand paper
  • X-acto knife

Step 2: Remove Lamp

  1. Unscrew the lamp head from the arm.
  2. Check that your lamp is not plugged into any wall sockets and cut the cord at the base of the head. If you can find a way to remove the lamp without cutting the cord, more power to you.
  3. Unthread the cord from the arm.

Step 3: Add Springs

Attach the springs that came with the Tertial lamp to the arm.

Step 4: Swap Pin

  1. Loosen the joint by removing the screw.
  2. Use needle nose pliers to remove the metal cross sections.
  3. Pull the pin from the plastic socket.
  4. Screw the 1/4x20 screw into the plastic hole and return the original screw.

Step 5: Prep Cork

  1. Measure 1cm of the cork and mark with the Sharpie.
  2. Use a hacksaw to cut the piece of cork.
  3. Smoothen the rough side on sand paper.
  4. Cut a hole, just large enough for the screw, in the center of the cork.
  5. Thread the cork snugly onto the screw. This will help protect your camera.

Step 6: Enjoy

  1. Attach the arm to the base.
  2. Thread a point and shoot camera to your Articulating Camera Mount.
  3. Start shooting!



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    5 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Worked great for me. I used a cell phone holder instead of the cork. Unfortunately the screw I got (1 inch long) is a little short --- the cell phone holder needs to be further away to be able to use the plastic knob at the end of the arm. Going back to Home Depot tomorrow to get something longer, probably 1 1/2 inches.


    3 years ago

    Looks great, and exactly what I need... do you think this could be done with an articulating microphone stand instead? That already has springs in place. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-MIC-Suspension-Boom-Scissor-Arm-Stand-Support-Adjustable-Tripod-/371489234191?hash=item567e7bdd0f:g:KWsAAOSwEgVWTIAR

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I'm sure it's possible with some tinkering. Looks like the joint connecting the arm and microphone stand is metal not plastic like the Ikea one.