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I've been meaning to put a couple of shelves up (well I guess I should say - ''get my husband to put up'') in our utility room ever since we moved in, which is a year ago now. I finally got around to buying the shelves a few weeks ago from Ikea. I only wanted cheap shelves as I'm not too bothered about them matching anything else as it's only in the utility room, and I only use the room for laundry anyway. The room currently just has the washer and dryer in, which are housed behind white kitchen cabinets. The shelves which I bought are the Ekby Laiva shelves from Ikea, I bought 2 shelves, and each shelf was just £1.69, bargain. You do need to buy the brackets seperately, I bought the Ekby Stodis brackets in white which were just 50 pence each. So for a total of just over £5.00 I got the 2 shelves plus the 4 brackets as well. The Ekby Laiva shelf only comes in one colour, which is birch effect 'wood', the shelf itself isn't actually wood it's just a cheaper chipboard (like most Ikea items!), but hey it was only £1.69. It's a fairly inoffensive pale wood colour, and so would probably go with most things. Each shelf is 59cm in length, 24cm wide, and 2cm deep, I've got mine positioned next to one another so that it looks like one long shelf. The information with the shelves states that they will hold a maximum of 10kg. I have to admit that they actually look ok once up, they don't look cheap and nasty at all. OK they don't look expensive, but they do look perfectly fine. I think that choosing the white brackets was a good idea as I have white walls in there and the white kitchen cabinets below. For anyone that is interested the cheap brackets that I bought to go with the shelves the Ekby Stodis brackets, also come in black, red or pink as well as the white. I have loaded my shelves with various laundry room type items; vanish, fabric softener, washing powder, dryer sheets, pegs etc and the shelves are coping adequately and don't seem like they are about to fall off the wall at all. They seem very sturdy to me, in my female non DIYer opinion! My husband very easily put these up for me, it took him about 15 minutes to put the 2 shelves up, and there was no cursing or swearing! I'd certainly recommend these shelves if you are after cheap shelves, and don't mind the birch colour. For the price I don't think that you can fault these.
In my humble abode I really am stuck for space so where ever I can find a bit of spare area I try and utilize it to fit more of my junk throughout my house. After some rejigging in my bedroom I had a piece of visible wall. I instantly though this would be ideal to put a shelf up to hold some of my bedtime reading books. The next time I was in Ikea I decided to act upon my thoughts and look for a small shelf. After getting lost in Ikea many times I finally came across some shelves. After some browsing I decided a wood effect was fine as it went with my other furniture and so I just wanted something cheap. This is when I discovered Ikea Ekby Shelf. The shelf is around 60 cm wide with a depth of 24 cm and a thickness of 2 cm. The shelf Is simply cut into a rectangular plank with a beech effect finish. The beech effect fits in well with a room with other wooden furniture. The shelf was ridiculously cheap. For just £1.80 I got the plank/shelf. For an additional 50p each I was able to get brackets (you need two) to fix the shelf to the wall. The shelf sits on the brackets where you screw down to secure. Then I put another screw through the back of the bracket into the wall. I am not great at DIY but found the shelf very easy to attach to the wall. The shelf is relatively strong. I keep about 8 chunky books on the shelf with two bookends. It is held up comfortably but I would not put too much more on there just in case of overloading. For under 3 quid I managed to utilize some wall space and keep my mess slightly under control. It looks good, although I would prefer solid oak for the price I paid I refuse to allow myself to complain.
I recently undertook my first ever DIY project. By 'DIY project' I mean I super glued a shelf to my bedroom wall. I was in dire need of storage space for my books and, as I got landed with the box room of the house, I didn't have any floor space to spare. A wall mounted shelf really was my only option. Besides, it gave me a great excuse to buy some bookends and there's nothing I like more than a nice set of bookends! I can't say I get much enjoyment from shopping for this sort of item so my search consisted of taking a trip to my local Ikea and purchasing the cheapest shelf they offer. That shelf being the EKBY LAIVA shelf costing just £1.69. Of course, for less than £2 you do only get the plank of wood. Matching brackets are sold separately but cost a mere 50p. Of course, two are needed to support the shelf but you're still getting a pretty good deal for £2.69 in total! The shelf is 59cm long (just over 23 inches) which has provided me with adequate space to free up a decent amount of desk space which once held messy piles of books. The shelf is also 24cm wide (9 ½ inches), 2cm high (just under an inch) and weighs 1.6kg. The maximum load for this self is 10kg. At a rough guess I would say mine is currently holding about a 7kg and has had no problems in doing so. Cosmetically the shelf is okay, nothing spectacular but then you wouldn't really expect anything different for the price. It's a rectangular beech effect plank of wood. Fine for its purpose but won't be winning any style awards. Saying that, I would imagine this shelf is suitable to varnishing and painting so you could bring it to a life a little more if you desired. The shelf is easily cleaned, I find a baby wipe suffices although Ikea say you can also clean this with a cloth dampened in a mild cleaner. After my Dad made a comment about me not being able to put the shelf up myself as I was a girl, I turned into the biggest feminist since Germaine Greer referred to testosterone as 'poison'. The assembly process should be a pretty quick and easy one. A simple case of drilling in a couple of holes in accordance to where you would like the shelf to be placed, attaching the brackets with a few nails and then placing the actual shelf on top. This didn't go quite according to plan for me though! Upon picking up our power drill it became plainly obvious that I would, at best, lose a finger if I tried to operate it so that plan quickly went out of the window. I couldn't find a hammer either and, after trying to bang these nails in with all manner of objects (whatever I could find really) I decided that wasn't going to work either. In the end I opted for super glue as my method of attaching this shelf to my bedroom wall. None of this 'no nails' nonsense either, just your average super glue I got for £1.50 at my corner shop. Obviously I still used a spirit level to check the self was straight, I'm not a complete fool! Why more people do not do this I have no idea. It's so much easier, quicker and reduces the risk of severely injuring oneself massively. Most importantly, it works! I put this shelf up a good few months ago and it's still standing and holding everything I've placed on it! All in all, a simple but very effective shelf for a remarkably low price. Perfect for anyone who wants cheap and cheerful storage space and isn't a DIY God!