Build a simple, inexpensive “Guitar Pedal Board”

Here is my take on a pedal board based on the Ikea GORM.

The GORM is just one of their strange sounding names for wooden shelving, Swedish I guess. They sell a complete wooded shelving unit and you can also buy extra shelves,

You get 2 shelves in a pack for about $14.00 CDN that measure about, 30″ x 20″ approx.

Unpainted Gorm
Unpainted Gorm

To the left is one of the unpainted shelves with 1 latte removed. You can easily make a pedal board with less boards if you have less pedals. You just have to hammer them off the frame and remove the nails.

I took a board off one of the two shelves. I then screwed that board on the back of the other shelf in order to create a slight upward angle.

I also used a scrap piece of 2 x 2 wood underneath , and I screwed on both sides to reinforce that back board.

added support
added support for the back board

I do not use nails, everything was screwed. I also drilled starter holes so as not to crack the wood.

Painted Gorm
Painted Gorm with back board to create up ward angle,

I painted the top sides black with some left over Tremclad paint. Here you can see the extra latte that I screwed to the back to raise the shelf on the back end.

Now I had planned on using Velcro until I started to price industrial strength 2″ packs. Also I noticed that almost all of my pedals did not have smooth bottoms. I may be stubborn but I hate like heck the thought of mutilating my pedals.

My old pedal board had plumbing strapping wrapped around the pedals to secure them but I wanted a more elegant and solid solution. I thought of tie-wraps then I stumbled on something I had seen years ago. They were little metal links that look like bicycle chain links. I tried sourcing them without success. Then I found a reference to ” figure 8″ washers used in furniture making.

Box of strapping
Box of strapping

My local hardware stores did not have anything like it. Then I tried I decided to try the plumbing section. This is what I found.

This is a 25′ roll of what looks like figure 8 washers all stuck together.

All I had to do was cut them to size. Mostly I cut off 2 links although I did cut a couple of 2 link lengths.

Close up of strapping
Close up of strapping

Using a a pair of scissors I was able to cut off little sections. They cut like butter. On some of my Roland pedals I had to trim a bit around the holes so that they would fit nicely.

I was able to attach these to the bottom of all my pedals using the screws that hold the bottoms onto the pedals .

Here is a Boss pedal with the mounts attached. I used # 8 , 1/2 ” wood screws to attach the pedals to the GORM.

Roland pedal with strapping screwed on
Roland pedal with strapping screwed on


One good idea is to keep a screw driver with the proper bit so that can remove the pedals if need be, at a gig. This has to be the best and least expensive way to mount you effects pedals with out damaging them. Just remove the bottom screws and screw back the screws with the strapping bits.

Here is my completed board.

finished pedal board
finished pedal board

I case you were wondering, the bottom pedal is a VLP-8 programmable loop controller. I don’t think the company exists anymore. There are other brands on the market with what appears as the same unit, different name, different prices etc. I will do a page soon on loop switching.

The pedal board is powered by a custom power supply that I designed and modified. I will write an article on it shortly. Most pedals draw very little current. My power supply can handle about 1 amp. Next time I’ll probably design one to handle 2 amps.

The Power supply is mounted underneath the pedal board. It can supply + 9v , -9v and +12 volt using voltage regulators. The 12 volts is required for Roland pedals such as the DD3, Flanger, and Octave. The -9 was for some Craig Anderton projects that required +/- 9 volts.

For the record I have a College degree in electrotechnology.

Custom power supply
Custom power supply

I added a small CPU fan to my power supply as it was over heating in it’s closed box.

My most recent mod was to remove 1 board in order to make the board a bit more compact.

Apparently  the GORM was discontinued. It was replaced by the HEJNE. The dimensions are slightly different. I am planning a light version of my board as it is a bit large so will probably check out the HEJNE. You got to love these IKEA names.