• Ikea Stolmen systems — cheap and cheerful modern versions of Cado wall units


    Sometimes you just need a “cheap and cheerful” storage solution. If you like the idea behind vintage Cado wall unit systems, but want something more accessible and in a flower power bright white, the Ikea STOLMEN wall unit series seems like a pretty nifty design. In particular, we like the fact that this modular, movable storage system does not appear to need to be screwed into the back wall — maybe a great solution if you are a renter, or in a dorm room? The poles are height adjustable from 82 5/8-129 7/8″.

    Ikea-Stolmen-shelf-onlyIkea has a whole collection of STOLMEN parts — all of which are among a minority of Ikea products that can be ordered online and shipped to your door. These are officially considered “wardrobe” units, but I could also see this system being useful as a display unit in a living or dining room as well as creating modular, movable storage in an office environment.


    Ikea-Stolmen-corner-shelfIt appears these units not only are adjustable a multitude of ceiling heights, but can also easily be used in corners — such as the wardrobe example above. This could be a very effective configuration to use in small rooms, where a whole wall cannot be sacrificed to a wall unit. The STOLMEN series can also be wall mounted — which comes in handy for rooms with sloped ceilings.

    Ikea-Stolmen-single-shelfWhen designing a room with the STOLMEN collection, putting the stark white wall unit on a brightly colored wall could quickly make a high contrast, eye-catching modern display. In contrast — placing these on a white or light colored wall would create a more low key, minimalist modern display area. The versatility of the STOLMEN collection — along with the affordable price point and wide availability — make the collection a great option for those mid century modern enthusiasts who need attractive and appropriate storage on a budget.

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    1. I like the idea of putting it against a brightly colored wall like this year’s color – green. It would make a great TV/book/storage unit in a guest room/den.

    2. Hanna Harlow says:

      These would be perfect in my little boys bright aqua room.
      I just wish it came in wood tones as well.

    3. Dang. That would be perfect in my office. My Ikea shopping list is getting longer.

    4. Erin from Oh So Lovely has them in her retro walk in wardrobe. check out this feature on the beautiful mess blog


    5. gsciencechick says:

      Thanks for the heads up on this. We were considering the Billy bookcases for the home office, but this system may work better for us in a smaller room.

    6. I have been looking for some shelving for a spare room and I think the Cado will fit the bill.
      Thanks for sharing

    7. Wow! looking to outfit our basement with lots and lots of shelves, looks like the best possible solution.

    8. These kind of remind me of the Elfa system from The Container Store. Love the wood-tones they offer with either white or aluminum support posts. Very mid-century-modest appropriate in my opinion, but alas, a bit spendier, although not unreasonable. For the price, IKEA scores again :-)

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