On my trip to ikea I passed a B&Q. So I thought, hmm, I could do with some new shelves for my room, so I went and bought some. Here is what I got: 2 x 2m lond value shelf Price: £3 each 1 x 1m long value shelf Price: £1.50 Both of these are complete with brackets, and yes you did read correct - £7.50 for 3 shelves. They are made of wood, pine to be exact, and have dove tail brackets and are held to the wall with a "NO VISIBLE SCREWS" system. I.e. You cannot see any screw, funnily enough! The wood is a okay-good qualitym and is ready to be vanished or painted. However if like myself, you are lazy, then just leave them how they are, and if you put them indoors, no protection should be needed. The packaging they come in is pretty "value" too, simply wrapped in clear plastic with a frilly "B&Q" paper brand marker within. Well what can I say, if your in the market for shelves, and don't mind getting a "common" piece of wood, then these are the things for you! Get down to your local B&Q and ask for directions to the VALUE PACK aisle. Cheers
Ok, I didn't set my expectations too high. It was a flatpack, 5 tier shelving unit, unfinished pine. It cost about a tenner. Fair enough, I wasn't expecting miracles. I probably wasn't even expecting pre-drilled lumber. But what I get was a royal pain in the arse. First up, I didn't mind having to drill pilot holes for about forty odd screws. That was to be expected. What I did object to was having to drill them through the poorest quality and knottiest lumber I've ever seen. No consideration seemed to have been made over the fact that this unit would actually have to be assembled. Nearly all of the joints went through large and brittle knots in the wood. This meant I had to drill pilot holes out to virtually the width of the screw to assemble the thing. Finally once I did have the unit together, one leg was a good half an inch shorter than the others. I know these things are cheap as chips and low quality, but you'd think a little more concern could have been taken in the choice and machining of the lumber.