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In recent years, I have become a keen sewer and with that comes a sizeable fabric stash. I started to look around for more options and when doing some internet research it seemed that the Ikea Expedit range (it seems Ikea have now renamed it the Kallax range and slimmed down the side edges, rounded the edges to make it more child friendly and made the veneer scratch resistant, but claim the internal dimensions of the shelves are the same - if you are looking purchase) was a popular choice as it was really versatile. The range is basically a series of cubes, with open fronts and backs, so can be used either as room dividers or book shelves. The fact that each shelve is a cube makes each one really roomy and the design makes them really adaptable as you can fit doors or use boxes in the shelves and they come in lots of different sizes ? right from one four cubes up to a 16 cube shelf. Ikea also do a range of accessories including inserts and castors (the old Expedit range even had a desk attachment but they don''t seem to offer it in the Kallax range) and various boxes and baskets that fit into the cubes. Having measured the size I need I decided to go for the 8 cube shelf system in birch veneer (which costs 55gbp) but instead of having it upright like a bookshelf I laid it on its side so it is more a sideboard and fits the space I have available. This is one of the great things about the range as it doesn''t have an obvious back or sides so you can have it fit your needs and space. I managed to make this set of shelves up myself in about 30 minutes as it is really basic construction ? and all you need to build it is a Philips and flatbed screwdriver as well as the ubiquitous Ikea allen key. The instructions were easy to follow and it went together well and was nice and solid when built. What I really like is the way it is constructed there are no visible screws on the outside of the shelf so can be used anyway up. The squares also look really modern and contemporary and the various accessories mean it can easily be customised to suit your needs. The boxes I bought work really well and make the whole thing really neat and tidy so you can easily hide things out of site. Overall it looks clean and minimalist which is great and the cubes themselves really hold a Alot ? one shelf has my sewing machine and various sewing boxes in it which is a lot of space. At 55gbp for the unit I bought this is not the cheapest Ikea item you are going to buy but for its versatility and design it is well worth the money.
Having just moved in with my boyfriend to our first home we were in need of some good storage fast. As this was our first home we were faced with the prospect of having to buy all our furniture for every room in the house. We decided to head to ikea to stock up on furniture which is where we came across the Expedit shelving unit.
The great thing about the Expedit range is that it comes in a variety of sizes meaning you can pick the right size storage for you and your room, each piece comes in a few different colours - mainly a light wood effect, dark wood effect and white. We chose the 16 storage point shelving unit in white which cost us £75 - a really great price for such a sizeable piece of furniture. The cost of the range varies dependent on what size unit you buy and what colour you choose. I really feel the price is unbeatable, prior to buying our unit we looked around a number of furniture stores and none of the shelving units in those stores came close to the price of expedit.
Once we had bought our furniture home, the next job was to assemble the flatpack. I was expecting this process to be quite difficult and complicated, but actually we found it surprisingly easy, as the shape of the unit is made up of lots of square shelves the construction process was very repetitive and we quickly got the hang of it. I would say that from start to finish the construction of the unit took around 45 minutes, which was a lot quicker than I had initially thought it would take.
During the construction process I noticed that one of our shelves had a slight chip in it which was very frustrating. As our ikea is an hour's drive away I opted not to deconstruct it all and take it back but rather keep it and repaint over the chip later - this is still on my to do list. Whilst i appreciate ikea is cheap I would still expect the furniture to be chip free!
This was a great buy, fair enough it isn't the same quality as more expensive furniture however for us this does the job by providing a big storage unit for a low price. The unit can be used to display lots of different items and if you don't like the idea of your possessions being on display, ikea also sell baskets and boxes that can be inserted into each square shelf. The only downside to this piece of furniture is that many of our friends own the same shelving unit, however this doesn't bother me too much and is generally true with regards to most pieces of ikea furniture.
In general, it has been very easy to furnish our house: the rooms are all generously proportioned with few awkward corners or oddly positioned doors and windows. The only area that proved a bit of a challenge was under the stairs. Our staircase is mahogany and has open stairs, so closing it in to make a cupboard wasn't an option. Nor could we fit a table or anything sizeable underneath as the staircase spans a corner and so has a very large supporting post. In an ideal world, I'd have had a beautiful antique writing bureau on which to store our phone, broadband router and wireless thingy but, realistically, even if we had that kind of money the 7 cats would doubtless turn it into the world's most expensive scratching post in a matter of days. So off to Ikea I went.
===And what did you buy in the windowless and overheated world of Swedish furniture?===
I bought one of the variations of the 'Expedit' shelving range. The littlest one, to be precise.
Because, if I'm honest, I quite like Ikea furniture and the reports of it being impossible to construct are overblown. I've got a lot of their stuff and I've always managed to make it on my own, albeit often with a lot of lateral thinking.
This shelving unit was also generously proportioned, with four deep cubbies that I knew would hold our larger books and ornaments easily. The style of the unit is plain and unfussy which I thought would suit our large and open hall.
As ever with Ikea, you need to make sure that the thing you select from the warehouse is the thing you actually want, as often there are many colour and size variations. If you don't have good strength and mobility in your hands/arms I would consider either ordering online or bringing a friend as the box is quite large and awkward and weighs in at nearly 16kg. I managed fine but if I hadn't I'd have been stymied as the warehouse staff in Belfast seem to view customers who need help with lifting as an irksome interruption to their career in mastering Candy Crush Saga.
It costs £35 but I'm pretty sure I paid a few quid less than that in their post-Christmas sale.
From flat packed to completely built took less than half an hour and that was with me watching telly at the same time. It honestly is ridiculously easy to put together and I think that even a complete DIY novice would struggle to make a mistake. All the fixtures and fittings are included, along with an Allen key. The instructions are pictorial but it really is glaringly obvious how everything fits together. As it's reasonably heavy it's wise to construct it near where you want it to go or enlist someone to help carry it.
Ikea say that it must be affixed to a wall but as it's only waist height and very solid we've never bothered. However, if you wanted to use it as a wall-mounted unit - by that I mean one that's chest height or higher - you could but you need to a) buy a separate fixing kit and b) be very confident in the strength of your walls.
We found out by happy accident that each shelf/cubby is just slightly larger than the cardboard boxes that crisps come in when bought at a wholesalers. Incidentally, when I say 'happy accident' I mean 'Jellybean the cat got stuck head first in a box and after running into more walls than you'd think possible, he eventually charged into the shelving unit'. The bottom two shelves now each house a crisp box with a cat bed in it, while the top two shelves hold my old textbooks from Uni, because although I spend a lot of my days mired in glitter/paint/mud/wee/blood/play doh/snot (sometimes all at once!) I like to kid myself that I could knock out an essay on matriarchal inheritance systems and kinship rites any time I wanted to.
Ikea say it will hold up to 13kg which means you could plonk my dog atop it, but not your arse. I think this is probably a conservative estimate as it seems a really solid piece of furniture but it's probably not a good idea to test it out with your baby grand or anything.
Ours gets tough love, cleaning-wise, as it's never so much had a whiff of Mr Sheen and instead gets a rub down every so often with a kitchen wipe and it still looks grand 8 months down the line.
This is a great unit which can either be used alone or with the larger units in the Expedit range to create a storage system that looks sleek and modern. Given the quality and ease of construction, £35 is a reasonable price to pay. Highly recommended.
I am not an IKEA fan; the thought of going into the shop fills me with fear however when we moved house and we needed storage, and short of cash, I ventured into IKEA. I must admit I looked on the website first, and at the time I think I found this under outdoor storage (or something that made me think I was buying something suitable for a shed) but felt with the price and size I should see it before judging.
I was amazed at the fact I liked it, and could find it in the store. We started off with a 2 x 2 set, and bought black fabric boxes to sort/hide our possessions in. We bought it in white, it was cheapest, but as we had other wood products from other stores we knew we couldn't match the woods, so didn't even try. The white looks effective and if we wanted to revamp the room we only had to change the box colour. We soon returned and bought a 1 x 5 and 2 x 4 unit. The 1 x 5 we have standing vertically and the 2 x 4 we have horizontally along the wall. The 2 x 4 is tall enough to put a lamp on and act as a side table (it is also strong enough to support a fish tank as we found out). We have also had it in the configuration of 2 x 4 with 2 x 2 on top to make staggered finish. As they are all white you can arrange easily to how you need it (although I am a bit confused why they made a 1 x 5 when most are configured x 4). They are easily wipe down and can freshen up a room nicely.
They do look a little cheap but if you use them well and put the boxes in you soon get past it. The spaces are large enough to display a 5" x 7" photoframe and this looks quite striking. Having looked at other products we found these to have the largest storages spaces and because the spaces were square it meant it did not matter which way round the furniture was as boxes would fit either way. We did consider buying the doors for them but felt that they cheapened the boxes and if they aren't on straight then they would look awful, not to mention we could not change it from horizontal to vertical easily. We did invest a lot in the boxes so it is all co-ordinating but if you think about what you want to store you don't necessarily need boxes for all the gaps (some of the spaces we have large A4 cookbooks, board games, DVD box sets). Although we bought these being money conscious, I did prefer the white to the other colour options. It wasn't trying to hide what it was.
The assembly of these were very easy. The parts of the units were deceptively light and carrying the finished article was more awkward than heavy. They all pieced together like a jigsaw and the instructions were relatively on the money for helpfulness. As it is flat pack and you take it away with you you need to make sure you can fit the length into the car. The larger pieces are very long and even with a 'family' sized car we had the length between the front seats getting in the way of the gear stick and handbrake.
Love it; would buy more if I had more stuff to hide!
I am a big fan of IKEA's expedit range. I personally have products in white, but there are a few different colours and sizes to choose from. Furniture is sturdy, easy but time consuming to assemble, and very flexible. We have, for example, a 2 square by four expedit with a desk attached. Recently, we decided we no longer needed a desk and so simply removed that attachment but were still left with a perfectly functioning book case, which would not have been the case had we bought an all in one desk and shelving unit. We also have the expedit TV unit which offers lots of storage in the square holes and on the top.
The units themselves are priced reasonably, starting at around £40, and obviously going up as the size increases. what I did find, however, is that the accessories you can buy are a small fortune. You can, for example, buy doors for each square or drawer inserts, in a range of colours. They look lovely but can end up costing more than the whole unit. For example, a mirrored door for one square is currently £18. If you were to put one of these in each square on the expedit shown above, that would be £450!
This highlights the drawback of the expedit - your stuff is on show unless you do something about it. If you do want to neaten your shelves up at a lower cost, there are card board boxes which are much cheaper and fit in the holes nicely, but are clearly not as robust and, in my opinion, don't look as nice.
I like books a lot, but I don't have enough to fill shelves or bookcases - that didn't stop me from purchasing the Expedit bookcase from Ikea a couple of years ago though! Although technically described as a bookcase, we've found it to be a great addition to our home as a combined display and storage unit.
Sizes and Colours
The Expedit range comes in various sizes, ours being an eight shelf one (2 shelves by 4 shelves) measuring 149cm x 79cm x 39cm. For the purposes of my review, I only class the 'spaced' parts of the bookcase as shelves, although technically I suppose you could also class the top of the unit as a shelf too. The units are also available in a much bigger 25 shelf one (shown in the picture), a 4 shelf one and a tall and thin 5 shelf one. They also come in a range of shades - ours is the birch effect colour but it can also be purchased in red, black, white, grey and even brighter shades of teal and pink. The birch colour is lighter than I expected - it's more of a beech colour I'd say comparing it to other birch effect items we have from Ikea. I personally feel that the birch effect one that we have is a tiny bit cheap looking but it's not stopped me using it in one of the main rooms of the house!
A Versatile Unit
Our unit is used against a wall as a storage and display unit but they are versatile and can be used as a room divider in a large room - for example a lounge through to a dining room to separate the two areas and make them more like individual rooms. The unit is made of chunky style 'particleboard' and the colour purchased is finished all over so there are no parts inside the shelves that need hiding because the bare board is peeping through - it's finished nicely. It's therefore usable in most of the rooms in the house.
The units are also designed to lie vertically or horizontally so it's entirely up to you as to how it looks best. We've used ours in a bedroom and now moved it into the dining room and both times we've had it lying horizontally - with the eight shelf one, it's only 2 shelves high and 4 shelves across when horizontal but as a room divider we'd have chosen to use it vertically so it was taller but thinner.
Used for a bit of Everything
The other great thing is that Ikea sell a number of different storage options for use with the Expedit shelves - we have four of their Lekman boxes in ours that we use to hold various items (nothing book related either!) and have them slotted neatly on alternate shelves. A lot of storage options in Ikea are designed for use with it so they fit onto the shelves perfectly and snuggly - they are made with this in mind. On the other shelves we have ornaments on display and then on the top there's plenty of room to house more ornaments - on ours we even have a large lamp. It can be adapted entirely to suit your needs with storage solutions or even just left as a display unit and all of the shelves exposed.
Cost and Availability
The shelving unit we have currently costs £65 from Ikea although I have to be honest and say that I can't remember the price we paid a couple of years ago. I really don't think it was as expensive as that though at the time we purchased it. Nevertheless, I would still consider paying the £65 although I feel that is a little expensive for the finishing that it has because it doesn't look a very high quality item. The units are only available from Ikea and are picked up directly at the store. It comes flat packed and takes very little time to build.
This is a very sturdy unit, looks modern and fits the décor of our house well. It is versatile and even the colours and sizes it comes in can make it look completely different to the others in the range - the bright pink for example looks very different from the birch one we have and it would be more than feasible to have 2 or 3 of these units around the home from the range available. I rate it 4 stars overall, with one coming off for it's current price. Although I think it's a great unit, I feel £65 is a little expensive (for the birch one at least) as I wouldn't say it looks like it's worth that price tag and normally I find Ikea's items are of exceptional value.
The Ikea Expedit storage system is as flexible as the imagination of the buyer. It's available in a whole host of different sizes, differing only in the number of square blocks of space that they provide. The smallest is a single square unit, the largest is a square of 25 blocks and there are many different sizes in between.
Whilst dooyoo list it as a bookcase, that's just one of very many things you can do with Expedit. In my case I have the largest of the systems which is five units wide and five units high, giving 25 square blocks of space in which to keep things. We bought it in white about six years ago for around £100 to provide storage in the main bedroom at the flat where I live when I'm at work. The greatest challenge for me was keeping out of the way whilst my husband cursed the designers and the instructions and the second greatest challenge was getting it up the stairs as it weighed over 90 kg and the boxes were around six feet long. The size also means that the most logical thing is to make it up in the room where it will live as once it's fully constructed, it's not easy to move.
My Expedit is fully finished on both sides so that it can be used as a room divider. This is how my friend Linda uses hers but mine is for bedroom storage and is placed against the wall. There's no back to the shelving so you can see the wall straight through. I bought five of the woven rattan baskets which fit the cubes to use as drawers. Some of the cubes are used for clothes with t-shirts, jumpers and trousers folded in one or two of the cubes. Others are used for my toiletries, for books, for dvds. Spare bedding occupies a couple more cubes. Shoes live in two of the baskets, one is used for underwear, one as a waste bin and the last as a laundry basket. If you don't want to use baskets, other options are available to make door-fronted cupboards, double drawers, mirrors and even display shelves.
I don't spend a lot of time at the flat and keep relatively little there but my Expedit does a great job of keeping everything pretty much under control.
I am a big fan of the Ikea Expedit range of storage. I think it's relatively cheap, looks good and great at it's job.
I began with the small 2x2 Expedit, in white, which cost £20. It's worth noting that the basic colours are £20 but as with most Ikea stuff, the price goes up with the colour (high gloss for example would be £45)
They come in a variety of sizes - 5x5 like the picture above, 4x4, 2x2 or 1x5. All are in the same colours - white, black, black-brown, birch, oak.
I then purchased the 5x5 like the picture above, for my daughter's playroom. They all assemble the same way, with dowels and an allen key. Whilst the small one took a few minutes to assemble and is a one person job, the bigger one took half an hour and is really a 2 person job, as it requires a lot of holding/moving. Actually assembling it is very straightforward and the pack comes with all you need. It's a case of slotting dowels into pre-drilled holes then tightening it all with the allen key and the screws at the bottom, and slotting the shelves in.
The units can be free standing (as they are finished on all sides) or wall mounted. Our small one is free standing but the big one is wall mounted - we didn't seem to get any fixings to do this so hubby had to make some brackets for it. The rectangular ones can be turned on their sides if that suits you. The units come with felt "feet" which are felt pads that prevent any scratching to your floors, very handy!
The expedit range is handy for all sorts really. We use the small one to store dvds and bits and bobs, and the one in my daughter's playroom is home to her toys and books. You can buy fabric boxes (Drona, £2.50 in green, black, red or pink) which are designed to fit in the squares, we have these on both expedits and they look great and are really handy for storing small items. You don't have to have one on every square either, we have 2 boxes diagonally on our small one and it looks great! There are a range of doors that are designed to fit on the squares too, as well as other inserts and drawers. It's great for making things look tidy or holding small items.
There are also wicker baskets - but at £15 each I won't be buying them given that the expedit was £20 and if we filled it, we'd pay £60 in baskets!!
Very good for books, ornaments, photos, anything really. Well worth the money!
When we moved house recently, we took the chance to get rid of our old dated mish-mash of furniture, and get ourselves kitted out with some nice co-ordinated bits and bobs. We also wanted a lot more storage for the house, and in a couple of trips up the road to Ikea, we soon had everything we wanted, with one of the star items from our shopping trip being this Expedit unit. Out of the many items of furniture we've purchased, this for me is a favourite.
Essentially, it's as you see above, a unit made up of squares, which can be used as bookshelves when placed against the wall, or (given that it is finished on both sides with no raw edges) as a room divider across the centre of the room. There are a range of different colourways available, we opted for the brown/black colour for all of our furniture, and there are also a range of sizes, from the one picured above at 5 squares by 5 squares, down to the dinkier 1 by 5 or 2 by 2.
We chose various sizes for various locations around the house - a 4 by 4 (w149, d39, h149cm) square unit for against our living room wall, a 2 by 4 unit (w79, d39, h149cm) for my daughters room, and a 2 by 2 ( w79cm, d39, h79) for under the stairs. Prices do of course vary depending not only on the size you select, but also on the colour you choose.
The finish you choose really can make a difference to the price - for our three expedit items in black/brown, we paid £185. However, had we purchased them in white veneer (the cheapest finish) they would have been £150, and if we'd gone for a high gloss finish, we'd have paid £200 for the two larger units, and not been able to get the smallest at all.
Assembly is easy, with everything you need provided. It's a simple case of following diagrammed instructions, and using the alan keys and dowels provided to assemble the units. I assembled the smallest on my own, and I'm no good with flat packs usually. I did enlist help with the two larger items from the boyfriend, as they were a little bulkier and less easy to move around whilst assembling.
Once assembled, they make a very smart and stylish set of shelves indeed. It is worth noticing that those units that are rectangular rather than square can be stood up on either edge, and bolts are included for fitting these units to the wall is needs be. The finish is good quality, and I liked that the units all came with little felt feet (my new home has lovely wooden floors I'm very keen not to scratch) that, once on, enabled the units to be slid into place. The square compartments are a great size for displaying books and ornaments, and I also display ornaments on the top of the larger unit. The design is very simple and modern, and will fit in with most decor, and I like that the Expedit unit is designed to complement the Lack range, of which I have several items.
And if that were the end of it, I could stop there and be very happy with my purchase, but there is more. You see, those square compartments are designed to allow you to fit a various range of smaller units, baskets, and boxes in. There are once again, a whole slew of colours and finishes available, I opted for some black suede feel fabric boxes at £2.50 each for my 16 hole unit. I only purchased 8 boxes, and slotted them into the bottom two rows to turn my bookcase into a bookcase with dvd drawers. All my clutter is safely and neatly hidden away now, and my room looks modern, simple, and stylish.
Overall, I love my Expedit unit. I love that I can change the inserts to match my decor (I'm planning on buying some of the mirrored inserts for my daughters unit, to turn it into a sort of beauty station) and I like the simple clean lines. It was incredibly easy to put together, and feels very sturdy and well constructed, yet still light enough to be moved and repositioned if desired (we've moved it several times whilst getting our new home arranged to our satisfaction! My one small moan is perhaps that the dark black/brown finish does tend to show dust very easily, but it only takes a matter of moments to dust it off each day!
Great value, great versatility - just great!
After moving into my own house last year after renting around London for the last 10, I found myself in a 3 bed house and not much more than clothes, a stereo and a cactus. Being deperatley in need of some furniture and on a tight budget after blowing far too much money on the essential massive TV, a trip to IKEA was inevitable.
After wandering around and selecting a range of wardrobes, bookshelves and a range of fairly useless gadgets I spotted the Expedit bookcases at a reasonable value and decided they would make perfect additions to my house. They come in a range of sizes so I selected the largest for the living room as a storage solution and a mid sized one for the kitchen where all my cooking apparatus is now stored.
The Expedit bookcase comes in a rane of colours and sizes. You can choose from Red, White, Grey, Black or wood effect. I have a white one in the kitchen and a black one in the living room. Looking at the IKEA website reveals a wide range of sizes build up from different numbers of cubes or shelves. These range from squares of 4x4cubes, 5x5cubes, 2x2 cubes, to recatangles 2x3 and 2x4 cubes. I went for the large and medium with the following dimensions:
Large - 5 x 5 cubes - Width: 185 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 185 cm
Medium - 4 x 4 ciubes - Width: 149 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 149 cm
In addition to choosing the size and colour, you can select from a range of draws, baskets and doors each designed to fit into one of the square shelves of the unit. There is even an attachable desk which can be fitted onto the bookcase. I didn;t go for any of the options but thought them worth mentioning.
===Getting it home===
Luckily I had planned a trip to IKEA the day I moved in and had hired a van for the ocassion knowing I would be needing a lot of furniture. The Expedit bookcase comes supplied in 2 boxes which I belive would be manageable in a large car (with the seat folded down unless you happen to be the owner of a limo). The boxes are pretty heavy as there is a lot of wood making up the bookcases. It would be advisable to have two people carrying it (If you have a limo maybe the chauffer could help).
As with most IKEA furniture the bookcases are flat pack and require assembly. Basically it is a case of using the allen key provided to screw the outer square frame together and then building the shelves gradually using wooden dowels. It is a simple build but takes quite a long time due to the number of shelves involved and close to a million wooden dowels that support them (an exaggeration maybe).
It is built laying down so takes up a fair bit of floorspace when building and will need lifting up. Once constructed it is very heavy. I managed it by myself but would strongly suggest getting a pair of helping hands (Or the Limo owners could just get the butler to do it).
These are sold as book cases, however I use them for display of ornaments and storage of various items. Each shelf can take around 13kg which is a fairly considerable load (That is quite a few faberge eggs). My medium unit in the kitchen stores almost all of my cooking essentials and various appliances when not in use. The larger one in the living room is quite imposing, but really useful and stores a lot of items easily and tidily.
I always expect the worst from Ikea, but these bokcases are extremely solid and weighty. I've owned them for around a year and they have shown no wear at all. I had no problems building them and am overall extremel impressed with the quality.
My only annoyance with these bookcases is cleaning them. Due to the large number of individual shelves it takes alot of shuffling to move things and dust. The black one particulary seems to attract dust like a dust magnet.
I paid £145 for the large unit and £85 for the medium one. I think this is extremely reasonable for the bookcases as when compared to other similar sized furniture it is extremely cheap.
Well priced, solid, weighty and an ideal storage solution. Easy to build and highly recommended by me. Would fit well into your castle.
Being a student on a very low budget I needed something that would accommodate a number if things from records, books, figurines and even drawers - as soon as I laid eyes on the expedit book case unit I fell in love and bought it straight away.
I purchased the 2x2 unit which features four segments in total which usually costs £19.99 for the white units, or £29.99 for the dark brown (almost black) or light wood effect.
This unit comes flat packed like the majority of ikeas furniture but will fit into a standard sized boot with the back seats down - estate cars will most likely get away with putting the seats down and will fit in any van no problem. The assembly of the unit is extremely simple and involves slotting pieces in here and there and securing them with bolts and screws. An alan key is supposed to be supplied with the unit however there can be those annoying occasions where that vital piece is missing, so a standard sized alan key and screw driver is needed to piece them together, if you already have some handy then it shouldn't be any worry for you.
There are additional features available for the expedit units such as plastic, fabric or wicker drawers that slot in easily into each shelf, perfect for storing clothes or toys away - so if you're looking for a shelf and drawers but are worried about space to accommodate both things, then this is a great alternative and acts as both features in one unit.
The fabric drawers are a couple of quid each so are quite cheap if you're only wanting a few, but could be quite costly if you're looking to fill the larger expedit book case unit.
The unit is surprisingly light weight but remains sturdy at the same time. It features a smooth finish that gives any room a fresh and modern touch and doesn't damage your floors or carpets with any sharp or grating edges.
- Why I Bought -
I have recently become a bit obsessed with Ikea Expedit shelving units. My obsession started when we moved into the furnished house we are currently renting and there was a large Expedit unit in the living room. I had so much fun organising the sixteen shelves and found it to be a great use of space. I have since bought a second unit for my son's bedroom and I don't think it will be long before there is a one in every room!
- Expedit Shelving Units -
The unit are very simple in design. They are a series of square shelves/boxes. They come in a variety of sizes such as 2 x 2 (4 shelves), 2 x 4 (8 shelves), 1 x 5 (5 shelves), 4 x 4 (16 shelves), 5 x 5 (25 shelves). There is a TV storage unit in the same range but the design is a little different as it has to accommodate a television. You can also buy a desk which attaches onto the shelves to create an all in one office unit. As well as different sizes there are also a range of colours available. All the sizes seem to be available in birch effect, black-brown and white. Some sizes are also available in colours such as high-gloss white, high-gloss red, high-gloss grey. It is worth remembering that if you choose to buy a unit in one of these colours it might not be possible to get a matching unit in a different size. Also the prices vary with different colours: white is always the cheapest, followed by birch effect and black-brown, then the gloss options are the most expensive. Most of the units can be turned to lie horizontally across the floor or vertically up the wall. Obviously there is no point rotating the 2 x 2, 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 and they are perfectly square. I wish I had realised this before my mother insisted the 4 x 4 unit in our house would look better the other way up!
- Accessories -
You can also purchase a range of baskets and storage boxes from Ikea that are made to fit perfectly onto the shelves. These come in a range of materials and colours to suit either a sophisticated living room or a fun and colourful children's play room. Ikea also do doors and drawers that can be added onto the shelves but these aren't available in all the colours that the shelves come in.
- Uses -
The possible uses for these units are endless really but I will tell you what we are doing with ours. The 4 x 4 birch effect unit is in our living room. The bottom eight shelves are used for my son's toys. We decided to do this as we knew he would be able to reach these shelves anyway so we thought it made sense to fill them with his things. As any parent will know, toys take up a lot of space and can look very messy. This unit is the perfect solution. Four of these shelves have boxes that are filled with smaller toys such as cars, blocks and rattles (boxes purchased from Wilkinsons and Morrisons). Two shelves have larger battery operated toys, one has old fashioned wooden toys and one has books. People always comment on how lovely this looks and my son loves that the toys are right there when he wants to play with them. He actually enjoys helping me put the toys away on the shelves too! I think this unit is ideal for a play room but is also great for the grown-up things too. The top eight shelves are used for DVDs, CDs, books and photo albums mostly. As it was my birthday recently my birthday cards are placed in front of these things which looks nice. The top of the unit makes a nice place to display candles and photo frames.
I enjoyed organising this unit so much and I realised that my son's bedroom was lacking some decent storage for all his books. I thought about going to my nearest Ikea but it is a good ten miles away and then you have to assemble it when you get home. I decided to look on Ebay to see if anyone was selling a pre assembled unit in good condition. I wanted a smaller one in white as I thought this would work well with other furniture we have. I don't like the appearance of having lots of different shades of wood in one room but I think white and wood look quite nice next to each other. I found a 1 x 5 unit that was £27.50 on a Buy It Now on Ebay. It was in great condition and just fit into my car. It was nice not having to assemble it myself. It looks great in my son's bedroom with all his books on it and a few cuddly toys and ornaments. I have put it vertically and I am now looking for a 2 x 2 to go along side it. I plan to buy some storage baskets to go on the shelves to keep some of my son's clothes in.
These are very flexible pieces of furniture and look great in any room. I think it looks great to have a few matching ones in different sizes so this is what I plan to do when we buy a house in a few months time. I think the large 5 x 5 unit would look amazing as a room divider if you had a huge open plan living area. The shelves have no back to them so I think this would look very cool and modern.
- Assembly and Quality -
I haven't actually assembled one of these myself but it looks reasonably easy and I usually find Ikea furniture isn't too challenging. I think the quality of these units is great. They are very sturdy and seem durable. They don't have any damage despite my son chucking his toys around the shelves.
- Price and Availability -
These units are available from Ikea where the prices range depending on the size and colour:
2 x 2 £20-35
1 x 5 £35-45
2 x 4 £55-80
4 x 4 £75-120
5 x 5 £130-140
You can collect them from Ikea in person or have them delivered but the delivery prices are quite high. You can also pay to have someone come and assemble it for you! I think these prices are great for what you get, for me the disadvantage is having to trek all way to Ikea to pick it up. Buying second locally through Ebay is a good option though. I paid £27.50 (£35 new from Ikea) for my 1 x 5 unit that was good as new, already assembled and local for me to collect. They seem to hold their value well if you choose to sell your unit on Ebay, particularly if you are in an area that is quite a distance from the nearest Ikea.
- Would I Recommend? -
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Expedit units as they are a great storage solution, look nice and organised, have so many uses, are very fun to organise (maybe that's just me!?), look nice as a set, are sturdy and durable and are a great price. Oh how I wish Ikea was just down the road!
We went to our "local" Ikea a couple of years ago (about an hour away) for a "look around". I had only been once before and that was before I owned a house. My husband had never been before and decided after his adventures that day, it would be a long time before he went again! We didn't plan to buy anything but this Expedit bookcase caught our eye and provided us with a short-term solution for lack of storage space in our guest bedroom.
Expedit is just the name of the book case and they come in a variety of sizes. The one shown here in the DooYoo picture is the largest you can buy, this is the 5 x 5 as there are 5 boxes by 5 boxes giving you a total of 25 shelves. They do 2 x 3, 3x3 etc. We purchased the 4 x 4 so had 16 shelves of goodness. The price of the 4 x 4 was around £70 and they haven't increased much in price in the last 2 years. They come in a range of colours, various woods, black and white. We bought the white even though I really wanted cream (they didn't do it), when I got the item home I realised the finish was definitely more cream than white or an "off white" colour - so if you are looking for brilliant white, you may be disappointed (I was thrilled to bits!)
Ikea sell boxes and baskets - some sturdy, some paper, all of which fit into the Expedit. We bought a range of black and white boxes which filled the shelves completely and some smaller boxes to stack and some A4 trays just for a variety. This set us back about £70 as well so be aware of that if you want to buy them. They were the cheaper option too, the baskets were around £10+ each which could set you back a lot on a 5 x 5. You could of course leave the shelves without boxes and just put things in them, but I don't like to look at clutter so liked how tidy the boxes looked.
I hadn't heard particularly good things about IKEA furniture but we weren't too bothered as for the ~£140 the Expedit and boxes cost us, we were really pleased that it would sort out our short-term needs without spending a fortune on a wardrobe which didn't have shelves. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The item takes a bit of time to put together but after an hour or so, it was up and in position. The wood or MDF whatever it is made out of was sturdy and we had no problems with it at all over the course of the time we owned it for. The boxes were dragged in and out regularly and only one of the shelves scuffed, none of the edges peeled away and just one shelf had a strange stain on it (bleached by the sun? I don't know) by the end of it's 2 year service. The Expedit didn't wobble at all during the time we had it and I would not have worried about it falling down at all.
One of the main things that I like about the Expedit is how little space it takes up but how much storage it gives. It is really clever like that ! We recently sold it on eBay (sadly - we tried to re-house it somewhere else in the house but just didn't have room for it) and the buyer was delighted with the condition of the item considering it was 2 years old so that shows the quality of it. We have plans to make one of our downstairs rooms into a play room one day and I wouldn't hesitate buying another Expedit as I think they would be super for housing toys in a neat and tidy but accessible way. Highly recommended and a good buy from IKEA!
These bookcases are very popular and come in a variety of different colours and sizes however this is the largest single unit. The construction is quite straightforward but takes time and is probably best done by two people rather than one.
It is very useful that not all of the cubby holes have to be used as shelves as Ikea also sell different coloured storage containers which fit in perfectly and also small drawer units which can be slotted in an attached. This means you can customise the unit to better the store the items you have. You can also buy little doors to fit on the front of the cubby holes which look good but hide-away any unsightly items you don't want on show.
The shelves are quite deep so when using them to store paper backs you are not really making the most of the space however you can stack them two rows deep as long as you are not bothered about being able to see all of the titles you have. Larger books make better use of the safe however you have to bear in mind that the shelves are a fixed height and not adjustable. There is also no back to the unit so if you have skirting boards it will not sit completely flush against the wall. But this will only matter for smaller items (not books) which may be at risk of falling down the back if not properly placed.
In summary, I really like this bookcase because it looks great and is good value for money.
When we moved to our new house I was very happy to have a 2nd room downstairs that could be used for the children to play in, to keep my living room looking quite nice and uncluttered rather than being taken over by all the children's things.
However I still wanted the children's playroom to look nice and organised too so we planned a trip to ikea to stock up on storage.
I was considering between these expedit shelves or the trofast range but I decided to go for this as it would hold more toys in a more organised way, and I have not regretted my decision at all.
We went for the white colour and have gone for the large 5x5 unit on one wall and another 2x2 unit on the other side of the room. In total this fits in a lot of things. The 5x5 unit is very large at 185cm wide so in small rooms it could even take up the whole wall, and it does look very prominent in the room.
I did not build it myself as I am not very good at diy, so we went for the ikea assembly service - the men who came to build it did so extremely quickly, I was actually shocked at the speed, although the assembly service is quite pricey but worth it to me as I would not have managed it myself.
There is quite a range available in ikea of boxes, baskets, doors and drawers that fit into the expedit unit which makes it really versitile which is something really nice about this range. I went for the drona boxes which are a simple fabric box that fit exactly in the cube spaces. These are good value and do the job for children's toys, but for a more mature look you could go for the more expensive baskets as that would look lovely in a living room.
You can fit quite a lot into each of the cubed areas, for example I have fitted in a lot of train track into one compartment and fitted all of the childrens happy land/little people things into 2 compartments. You can fit a good amount of books or puzzles into a cube too.
I have also left quite a few of the shelves open to display toys which can look quite nice.
I got a couple of the cube divider units which split one cube into 4 smaller ones, to hold the smaller bits and pieces. I have actually found these less useful than I thought, although they are just the right size for cds but the spaces do become quite small when split into the 4, so really I found it better to keep the majority as the full size.
I have had quite a few compliments on these shelves when people have come round and seen the children's playroom, as it really does look good especially for the price which is only 129 pounds for the 5x5 unit in white!
I would definitely recommend this range, its ideal as you can choose which size to go for out of 2x2, 4x2, 4x1, 5x5 so should be able to find something to fit in any space. They are great for organised storage and look very solid and not really "cheap" looking as some people expect from ikea. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
Fittings for wall fastening included; can also be used as a room divider.