Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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not just for children's rooms
Ikea Mammut Shelf
Member Name: europe-chick
Ikea Mammut Shelf
Advantages: quirky and fun, choice of colours
Disadvantages: the colours may not be to everyone's taste, plastic so won't support a lot of weight
We've lived all over, as we tend to move with my husbands job. Normally we rent an apartment rather than buying a property as we know that we won't be there for too long. I always insist on an unfurnished rental apartment as I don't want to sit on a sofa or sleep on a mattress that you don't know what people have done or spilt on there, yuck!! When furnishing a rental apartment I always drag my husband to Ikea and we buy everything that we need relatively cheaply.
In our last rental apartment the kitchen was quite bare, and only had floor cabinets and no wall cabinets, or even shelves on the walls. As a result there was loads of wall space that was unused and seemed to be a bit of a waste. I've got quite a lot of cookbooks that I always take from place to place with me, and I would normally put these on a shelf in the kitchen, however this time we didn't have a shelf to do this. I didn't want to clutter up the work surface with my cookbooks, and I didn't want to lose valuable cupboard space either, so shelves for the kitchen went on our Ikea shopping list.
The kitchen cabinets that we had were white, with silver handles, and a charcoal work surface, and the kitchen walls were painted white. So my initial plan was just to get a couple of white shelves to blend in, until I spotted these funky little Mammut wall shelves in the children's section in Ikea.
The Mammut shelves are available in 3 colours; red, blue and green. I chose the red to give the kitchen a pop of colour. The shelves are £3.50 each, and I bought 4 to put up in a line along one wall.
The shelves are not very big, and are just made of a polypropylene plastic and so won't support an awful lot of weight - hence why I bought 4. The shelves measure; 33cm wide, 33cm high and 21cm deep.
You can position the shelves at right angles, so that the 'shelf' portion is level, or you can position the shelves at a quirky 'tick' angle. I chose to angle ours like 'ticks' (as in the Dooyoo picture above) so that I wouldn't also have to also buy bookends to stop my cookbooks from falling off, the angle of the shelf would ensure that they stayed in place.
I was really impressed with these, they were quirky and fun, and they looked really quite striking up on the wall. I didn't overload them and they were fine, I probably had about 6 cookbooks on each shelf, and this seemed to be fine, none of the shelves bowed or fell off the wall at all! I had lots of compliments on the shelves, and nobody could believe that they were actually children's shelves from Ikea.
I'd definitely buy these again as they were good quality and durable for the low price, and depending on your decor you could easily use them in any room; kitchen, bathroom, children's rooms etc. They were versatile too, as you could hang them at an angle like we did, or at a perfect right angle, or you could put two of the shelves back-to-back for a different look again. They were easy to keep clean, they just needed a wipe over with a damp cloth. My husband put these up easily enough, although like all Ikea shelves you do have to supply the screws for wall mounting the shelves yourself.
Summary: not just for children's rooms
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