IKEA BOALT is a Stand-Up Monitor Stand

IKEA BOALT is a Stand-Up Monitor Stand

Taryn Williford
Apr 26, 2011

The monitor stand is probably the easiest thing to hack. I mean, it's just a box your computer monitor sits on to raise it to the ideal eye level for efficiency and comfort, right? But the trick (especially for us decor-minded folk at Unplggd) is to hack a monitor stand that looks good. We think we've found a winner.

Taking the brilliant lead from life-hacking blogger Richard Yong, you can craft a customized monitor stand for less than $10!

Considering commercial monitor stands can cost you up to $50, this IKEA-hacked version is a steal. Plus, it's a bit softer (with the wood grain and all) and endlessly customizable with wood stain or paint.

What is it? The BOALT DVD rack from IKEA ($9.99, IKEA.com). What is designed to store 29 DVD cases can be flipped on it's side (er—front, really) and raise your computer monitor up just a bit to the perfect height.

If you're not into the unfinished wood, polish it off with some stain or paint to match your desk top for a visually seamless look.

(Images: Flickr member RichardYong, Ikea.com)

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