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« on: July 26, 2010 06:46:23 PM »

Does this exist?

I'm trying to explore dorm room decor options since they have some tight rules.
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Residents may not paint, wallpaper, remodel, or make any structural changes to their rooms, apartments, or suites. Posters, photographs, paintings, etc. should be hung using minimal small tacks. The preferred product recommended for hanging items are 3M Command Strips. The use of contact paper on shelves or walls is prohibited. Duct tape may not be adhered to any surface in RIT housing. Residents shall not erect or attach any exterior wires, aerials, signs, etc., about the rooms, apartments, or suites or the premises.

So I was wondering if there existed any tension poles that could support a shelf since I can't mount anything to the wall.

Anyways, I was wondering since it would be cool do do something like this
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/7583/tensionrodfauxmount.jpg
And make up hapless folks who live in dorms just a little less screwed since we can't use screws.

TV is probably a bit ambitious, but I threw it in anyway.

Over all, do they make tension poles that are that strong? All the ones I see are mainly for holding soap in a bathroom or curtains. Although I did see a bike one once, but I can't find it. And maybe a portable stripper pole could work if I could figure out how to drill it.

So, what do you guys think?
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ChrisSews
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010 12:56:45 AM »

Galvanized pipe from any hardware store would work. 

Here are a couple of links to instruction to make just these sort of shelves. 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Zero-Point-Shelf/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Stolmen-and-Ekby-compression-bookshelf-system/

http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2007/10/stolmen-and-jarpen-bookshelves.html
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