Make Your Own Ikea SKADIS Hooks

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About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

I bought some Ikea SKADIS boards for the tools in the IMDIB makerspace. The boards look nice and are not so expensive. I also added some SKADIS hooks. At the check-out I was shocked by the price of the hooks. Thinking about how to lasercut or 3D-print these hooks myself, I came up with a much easier way to make them from scrap pieces of installation wire.

The original Ikea hooks seem stronger, but my copper wire hooks are more than strong enough.

Step 1: You Will Need

Materials:

  • Electrical domestic installation wire (2,5 mm2 solid core copper)
  • Nails
  • Thick piece of plank
  • 1 M6 bolt

Tools:

  • Drill press
  • Drill in the size of the nails and bolt.

Ikea:

  • SKADIS board
  • SKADIS hook (example)

Step 2: Draw the Hook

  • Put the SKADIS hook on the piece of wood.
  • Trace the hook with an Ikea pencil. (or an other pencil)

Step 3: Drill the Holes

  • Drill the holes in the size of the nails in strategic places to bend the wire over.
  • Drill a 6 mm hole to put the bolt in to bend the top curve over.
  • Push the nails and the bolt in the holes.

Step 4: Bend the Hook

For a small SKADIS hook:

  • Cut off 14 cm of wire.
  • Put the wire in between the two nails at the begin of the top hook.
  • Bend over the bolt.
  • Through the nails for the second hook.
  • Around the nail and back through the nails again.
  • Down around the nails to make the bottom hook.

I used a dowel (or the back of a pencil) to push the wire where I want it to go.

Step 5: Remove the Hook

  • Take (some) nails out of the board.
  • Remove the hook from the board.
  • Cut the beginning (and end) of the wire to length.
  • Push it flat on a table.

Step 6: Fit and Place

  • Fit the hook in the SKADIS board.
  • Adjust if necessary.
  • Put in the board and hang your stuff on it.

Step 7: More Hooks

Now it is time to design your own hooks, for different tools or just types of hooks that Ikea doesn't sell.

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    Birdz of a Feather

    21 days ago

    These are brilliant; I just did a hack using the Skadis and these hooks would be a phenomenal custom addition to that project!

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    Shiseiji

    3 months ago on Introduction

    For our bicycle coop I purchased some fancy hook retainers to keep them on the peg board. Good | Quick | not so cheap. They have held up well to the tendency of patrons to jerk on them pulling off the tool . . . I see the potential for something much cheaper. This would have to be done prior to screwing up the peg board or someone would need to be able to reach over it. With the "U" formed as the tab, a nail could be pushed through it on the back side and the insulation would be enough friction to retain it. That will prevent the hook from being pulled out of the peg board.

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    kenyerShiseiji

    Reply 3 months ago

    That is a great idea. If I notice that people pull them out of the board, I will definitely try that!

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    CoconutPi

    3 months ago

    Cool! I've been thinking about making custom hooks for various stuff I have or for projects, out of various types of wire etc... This gives me inspiration and practical guidance. Thanks! ☺

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    kenyerCoconutPi

    Reply 3 months ago

    Inspiration is my favorite kind of gift. :)

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    OldNag

    3 months ago

    Absolutely brilliant! I want the board just so I can make the hanger 'jig' and make my own hooks. I make one for the kitchen (soooo many cooking tools...), one for my hobby/sewing area (lots of customized hooks), and for my light tools out in the garage. Being retired, I'm always up for projects!

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    kenyerOldNag

    Reply 3 months ago

    Please show me the results.

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    Jasonw217yrralguthrie

    Reply 3 months ago

    I think the $48 is for a set of board(s) with hooks, hanging containers, and specialty hangers. The 14 x 22 board by it's self sells for $10, the basic hooks sell for $.60 each.

    The hooks you linked to are for standard pegboards, which have a different hole size, and pattern. I'm not sure if the pegboard hooks will work with the SKADIS boards.

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    kenyerJasonw217

    Reply 3 months ago

    Well we don't have Amazon yet in the Netherlands, so until we get, I have to do with Ikea. :) But my hooks will work for the SKADIS boards for sure :)

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    jrt999

    3 months ago

    Angle grind off the heads of the nails, or screws, and never need to remove them

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    kenyerjrt999

    Reply 3 months ago

    Or drill all the way trough and push them in from the other side. :)

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    JAMESM466

    3 months ago

    I’m thinking that repurposed wire coat hangers would make for stronger hooks. Nice job.

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    kenyerJAMESM466

    Reply 3 months ago

    I'm sure that you are right, but I've never seen those wire coat hangers in real life in the Netherlands.

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    robert.schwarz.71404

    3 months ago

    Seems to me you could just bend the wire appropriately, and skip all the work involved with making a jig. Coat hanger would probably work also. Single strand solid wire from Lowe’s would probably work better than the double strand. Just an observation.

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    kenyerrobert.schwarz.71404

    Reply 3 months ago

    Yes, you could just use pliers to bend wire in the shape, but if you want to do more than 3, making a jig is worth it. It isn't much work to make the jig. I have no idea what a lowe is, but I trust you if you say that that would work. The stuff I had was electrical wire and if I had coat hangers made from wire I would probably use that. I never saw those coat hangers in real life though. I think it is a USA thing to make coat hangers from wire.

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    jollygkenyer

    Reply 3 months ago

    Lowe's is a store. I think the insulated wire is good as there is less risk of marking anything you hang up, but I would think bare wire would be fine for small hand tools.

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    kenyerjollyg

    Reply 3 months ago

    We don't have a Lowe store in the Netherlands as far as I know, but we have more than enough stores where you could buy wire, like 'Welkoop', 'Gamma' or 'Hornbach'. I just don't like to buy materials if I don't have to.