“ Brand: Great Little Trading Company / The 4 cream canvas compartments hang on wooden dowels and make it easier for children to pull out their toddler books. / Type: Bookcase „
The idea behind these bookcases is to enable pre-school children to be able to see the covers of the books in the stand as they cannot read the titles on the spines. This in an obvious idea really and yet there are very few decent forward facing bookcases available for a reasonable price. The bookcase is low enough for a toddler to be able to see, select and take out any book of their choice (and hopefully put it away again when finished!). The bookcase looks fairly cheap and is not particularly sturdy - laminated MDF panels joined by wooden rods with a canvas sling forming each shelf. However, compared with the other character versions available in the shops, these are much more stylish and of a higher quality. The canvas sheet which forms the shelves can be removed for washing although it is wise to note which way around it was fitted originally as it can easily be put back on incorrectly. The bookcase holds a surprising number of books if you are happy for then to overlap. We were so pleased with it that we bought a second unit for our next child. This is a great idea and this is the best of the versions available in my opinion. One safety point to note is that both of my children soon realised that they could be used as steps to reach higher up to the light switch etc. so I would think carefully about where you position them in a child's room.
I have been encouraging Harry to read since he was a little baby, so he already has quite a large book collection for a 21 month old! I have just stacked them up on his chest-of-drawers until now, but now he is more mobile, he grabs things down from high places so that became a bit dangerous! I saw this online and thought it would be ideal, so my parents bought this for Harry as his Christmas present, and he already loves it!
The idea behind this bookcase is that it enables the child to see the front cover of all their books, allowing them to easily see their favourite books, and be able to take them out of the bookshelf by themselves. It is a good height for around 18 months old plus, and is nice and sturdy so that your child won't be able to pull it over by his or herself. It is called a sling bookcase because there are canvas sheets which form slings when slotted into the case. The books are supported by the slings and are displayed for your child.
The bookcase is made out of MDF, so it isn't too heavy for the adult in the house to carry around, and the slings themselves are made out of canvas so they are very sturdy and child-friendly. They support the books very well, keeping them level so that your child can easily see. The cream colour fits in well with the MDF, and will work with any colour scheme in your child's bedroom. It is also possible to paint the MDF to match any other furniture in the bedroom which is handy!
Assembly-wise, this was really easy to put together. I actually did this myself in about 15 minutes, so that is how easy it was! It comes flat-packed with a set of basic instructions so you can't really go wrong. The 2 end panels have the poles for the slings inserted into them, with are held together by large screws tightened with an alan key. There is also a little shelf at the bottom for any excess books, or books which are too small for the slings and can't be seen.
I would really only one complaint about this bookcase, and that is the capacity. Harry has around 50 books, and I would say that this shelf only holds around 30 of these, and that is at a push. When you have chunky board books, these take up quite a bit of space, both depth wise and size wise, so this limits the space for the other books. Thinner paperback books are great for this shelf, as you can slot lots of these into the shelf, and they are easily visible. However, very small books can't be seen above the sling so you can't include those otherwise they will never be read by your child!
The bookshelf is sold by Great Little Trading Company and costs £39.99. I think this is a very good price for this shelf, as it is great for children to choose their own books themselves, and a great small case for your child's favourite books. If your child has lots of big board books, perhaps this isn't the case for you but it does the job okay for Harry. He loves being able to choose his own books, and putting them away as well, which is a bonus!
Dimensions: 71cmH x 62cmW x 30cmD.
GLTC website: www.gltc.co.uk (search for sling bookcase)
Thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas!
Measures 71cmH x 62cmW x 30cmD.