How-To Geek

Turn an IKEA PELLO Chair into a Steady Cam Shoulder Rig

If you’re looking for a clever way to stabilize your camcorder or video-capable DSLR, this chair arm to Steady Cam brace build is for you.

Although IKEAHacker reader Joost van der Wiel used a PELLO chair from IKEA, really the arm off any bent-wood style chair would work. You could even build it from scrap wood if you weren’t hung up on having a perfect steam-bent curve on the shoulder rest.

Hit up the link below for more pics. His submission to IKEAHacker is a little light on details but the photos are clear and the build is essentially just a shoulder stock with a cross brace. The most complicated part of the build is the follow-focus he made for his DSLR lens using a dowel rod and even that is pretty clear in the photos.

PELLO Camera Shoulder Mount/Rig [IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/18/11

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