DIY: Build Your Very Own Camera Slider in an Hour for Only $30!

Getting your own commercial camera slider can get a bit pricey, but thanks to Derek Mellott and this great Instructables tutorial, you can build your very own DIY slider in about an hour using only $30 worth of parts from IKEA and a bit of DIY know-how!

The tools required to build the slider are minimal. All you really need is a drill, some drill bits, a clamp or vice, a saw and a couple of other items. Once you’ve gotten those together, Mellott has compiled a 5-item IKEA shopping list for you that should run you exactly $28.48.


We won’t go into all of the details here — you can find very detailed instructions and pictures to guide you through each step over on the Instructables tutorial — but the basic steps are as follows:

  1. Assemble the rail using the KVARTAL Triple curtain rail and KVARTAL Ceiling fixtures you purchased
  2. Build the ‘cart’ by drilling some precise holes in the LEGITIM Chopping board you bought and inserting (after a bit of alteration) the KVARTAL Gliders in the holes
  3. Create ‘feet’ for your slider from the left over cutting board



And that’s it. Obviously, you’ll need to reference the detailed instructions if you intend to attempt this build yourself, but we’d say that anybody at an intermediate or higher DIY level could put the whole slider together from scratch in about an hour.

Check out the video at the top to see Mellott’s slider in action, or head over to the Instructables page to get your IKEA shopping list made and set to work on your own!

$30 IKEA Camera Slider [Instructables via Lifehacker]

Image credits: Photographs by Derek Mellott

  • Billy

    Curious as to how smooth it is? In the video it looked a bit jerky.

  • Jake Brown

    Yeah not worth losing $30 to find out that its a piece of crap. Smooth motion is worth the price.

  • zygzag

    you can actually tell it’s not smooth. the video would be worth about $30 as well so, you get what you pay for.

  • pixelpig

    At $30 I’d say it’s worth a shot, but I would’ve preferred to see footage from the camera rather than footage of the camera!

  • Smarten_Up

    Yeah, like why would you even want one of these? I am always looking to hold my cams as rock solid as possible?

  • Werchange

    Hey naysayers-It’s always a good idea to have the knowledge of how to improvise in your back pocket. Who cares if you use this gear or an expensive rig, as long as you get the shot no matter what, right?
    Thanks Mr. Mellot-keep up the good work!

  • Larissa

    From 0:26 onwards that IS footage FROM the camera on the Ikea slider. as you can see from the photos in the article there are two cameras. One is on the ikea slider and the other is on a normal slider (with the light).

  • Alan Klughammer

    Is it really that hard to make a slider? If you are at all creative, you could make a guided dolly out of almost anything that would be at least as smooth as this rig looks.

  • yopyop

    There are several reasons why you would considerer it :
    – You’re on a budget or
    – You’re not making profesional video or
    – You rarely need a slider or
    – You can’t justify the cost of a real slider or

    It’s always good to have several available options from cheap to expensive.

  • Smarten_Up

    OK, video, that explains it I guess. Still, I would like to have that stated, or better, shown an example of what it could do in the video. Don’t assume too much. I arrived here via Petapixel, where I read about photography, though I am not ignorant about motion, just not up-to-date?

  • Derek

    That is what the video is showing.

  • Smarten_Up

    or to repeat a comment from above, by Pixelpig:

    “…but I would’ve preferred to see footage from the camera rather than footage of the camera!”

  • Derek

    The second half of the video is from the camera.

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