Ikea Expedit Bookcase

There’s something different lurking back there in our family room.

It’s the $69 Ikea Expedit bookcase.  After writing about my love for a pair of tall Hemnes cabinets, I went back by to look at them again and I just didn’t feel like those were the right choice.  I knew if I got something tall that I wanted doors and I wasn’t convinced our family wouldn’t break the doors the very first day.  So, I opted for a super inexpensive yet functional shelf.

It can be scary buying furniture, even the less than $100 kind because no one wants to waste time or money with the wrong choice.  But, I knew if this shelf didn’t look right I could tuck it into a closet or turn it upright and use it in the garage or even in our bedroom.  I also bought four $15 baskets to hide the ugly stuff and ground the backless shelf a little.   And I can’t wait to play around with the books and the stuff and hang something else above it.  Right now the books are kind of pretty in rainboetical order {thanks to a commenter on my closet post for informing me of my new favorite term}.   The bulk of our book collection is still upstairs but now we have a place to stash the stuff we are currently using.

I have a set of four vintage casters that we tried on the shelf but it was just too heavy.  So, I’m in the market for non new non- bright silvery casters or feet or legs or industrial looking old wheels or something to add to the bottom.

And here how it looks in the room, you actually don’t really see much of the shelf since the green chair is always in front of it.  I’m glad to have something in that space with some storage and I’m really glad that I didn’t have to spend $800 to fill it.

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  1. totally love those babies! and f.y.i. the itso fabric bins at target fit perfectly in them too. we used two of them vertically in our daughter’s room for toy storage with the bins. but that’s not all! we put a shower curtain rod between them to hang all of her dress up crap with a shoe shelf at the bottom for dress up shoes. it works perfectly! and when she grows out of that stuff we can still use the shelves in her room somehow, or even put them somewhere else in the house.

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  3. Love the Expedit. We have it in our hallway closet and my son’s closet. They are great for storage.

  4. I was driving through Charlotte, NC a couple weekends ago and made a stop @ Ikea just to pick up that same bookcase! I like how you have the baskets on just the bottom… I just got a couple baskets to see how they would looks so I think I’ll get a few more on my next roadtrip.

  5. We just bought the HUGE Expedit bookcases/entertainment center to organize our Master closet. We weren’t sure how it would work at first, but it is absolutely PERFECT storage for us! And like Heather (above) said, the Itso canvas bins at Target are a perfect fit for the cubbies. Target also has some large, leather cubbies that fit beautifully, too.

  6. I like how it brings a bit of a modern look to the room! Balances everything out, but actually brings more of a focus to how warm and cozy the rest of the room is! Bravo!!! {or is that Brava??} ;0)

  7. Christina Brunk says

    LOVE the lamps!! Can you share where you found them?

  8. Love it!! It looks “perfect” in there!


  9. The bookshelf looks awesome and fits the room perfectly. I only feel a bit bad for it since there are not enough books in the shelves! Maybe you shall get some more books to let it fulfill its existence :-)

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  17. I have always been personally afraid of buying shelves because of the possibility of showcasing the clutter and mess out to the eyes of the guests. Therefore, I prefer closed storage cabinets with doors to conceal the unwanted sight in. However, after looking at your display, I must say I am now somewhat convinced that shelves can be beautiful too. You just need to know how to arrange the things and you are all set to go.

  18. Is this bookshelf still available? I can only find the kallax shelving. are they pretty much the same thing?

  19. I love what you did with your Expedit. I’m looking for similar baskets now and haven’t found anything near the $15 price point. I know it’s been a while, but can you tell me where you found them? Thanks so much!

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