Good ol’, cheapo upholstered Gorm Bar

Materials: Gorm Posts, Gorm Shelves, Gorm Corner Shelf

Description: This is I and my husband’s first hack. After weeks of trawling through this site, I managed to convince DH that building our own bar would be cheaper than buying a new one.

We wanted an L shaped bar and thought about using expensive IKEA pieces for this, but settled for good ole, cheapo Gorm.

2 51cm GORM corner shelves – $26
8 51 x 77cm GORM shelves – $56
8 31 x 77cm GORM shelves – $40
24 packs of 110cm GORM posts – $96
Packet of screws – $9
Fabric – $16
13mm MDF sheets for the top of the bar – $13
Staple gun and staples
Hand drill

Total: $256

1. He built a bog standard gorm shelving, then we screwed in post to cover the “holes”. At $4 for 2 posts it was cheap 🙂

2. Then I went a bit mad with the staple gun some upholstering fabric to hide the picket fence look.

3. A trip to the lumber yard produced some 1.3mm MDF board, cut to size to cover the top of the bar and a few screws to hold the top down.


All that is left is some Ikea bar stools in black and to tidy the shelves up. Don’t you just love Ikea?

It was done over a month, because we didn’t have all the supplies needed, but each step took about a couple of hours a day.

~ Nixter, Abu Dhabi

Jules Yap