The 40 Euro Wardrobe

Materials: Gorm shelf, Grundtal rail, Frosta stool, some additional short screws

Description: We needed a temporary solution in a new flat to use as a wardrobe since we were not sure what to do exactly with the existing space. So we headed for Ikea to find a simple and cheap solution.

When I came across the Gorm shelf (the 55cm’s wide version – €24,99) it seemed to be perfect in size so I started collecting other items that would do the job of hanging some clothes on. In the end I found the Grundtal rail (kitchen stuff – €3,50) and the Frosta stool (€9,99) to be suitable. The €40 Wardrobe was born!

1) So for starters build up the Gorm frame and install the shelves at the lower part of it. This in order to keep space for the hanging section. As you can see in the overview picture, I installed the shelves on each second level from the bottom.

2) Then smash 2 of the brackets that come with the Gorm shelf flat with a hammer. You won’t get them entirely flat of course, but the most important part is that you screw it to one of the stool feet as flat as possible so the Grundtal screw has no space to get loose.

3) Screw one bracket onto the long part of a Frosta stool leg. Hang this one over the shelf, then screw the other bracket into a second Frosta foot. An alternative approach is screwing both brackets into a Frosta foot first, then unscrew one of the top Gorm screws which will allow you to hang the hanging section onto the top Gorm shelf (I hope this is not too confusing?).

Now “The 40 Euro Wardrobe” should be finished. The fun part of the Frosta feet and Grundtal rail is that you can slide it forwards and backwards as a drawer. An extra “finishing touch” that I did was screwing two left over Vagen curtain rod wall fittings on the upper side of the shelf, making perfect jeans hangers. You can also buy the Vagen or Beskada Double wall fittings separately for €2,99, giving you space for at least four jeans.

~ Jesper Engels, Austria

Jules Yap