Striving for Homemaking

My journey through parenting, homeschooling, money saving, and home management

$4 IKEA Spice Racks Turned Kids Bookshelves

We are a family of 7 living in a 1200 ft2 house, so space is at a premium. I’m always looking for creative ways to organize to maximize space, especially in my toddlers’ room. We have our youngest three, ages 3, almost 2, and7 months sharing one small bedroom.  I saw this pin on Pinterest from Wonderfuljoyahead.com about how to make vertical kids bookshelves out of $4 IKEA spice racks. It looked so cute and saved so much space I just had to figure out a way to do this.

We don’t have an IKEA store anywhere near us, so out went a plea to my Facebook friends to see if anyone lived near an IKEA who would be willing to get me the shelves and ship them to me. One of my best friends from highschool who I haven’t seen in 15 years answered my call! I was so excited to get those shelves in the mail the day they came, I was like a kid on Christmas.

These shelves are $4 each at IKEA, so including the shipping cost, this project cost $40. I have six shelves, but we ended up only having enough room for five. These do not come assembled and are unfinished wood, so out went the plea to my husband to help me in this endeavor.  My sweet husband spent a Sunday afternoon putting three coats of white paint on these and putting them together. We used paint left over from remodeling our house, so we didn’t have any added expense in paint or paint supplies.  It took until the next weekend to get them hung, but the finished project was very worth it. I put them in a space that was just wasted space and would never be used for anything else, in between their window and their closet door. The closet door is a standard accordion door and it opens all the way without hitting the shelves. The kids can even get behind there to get books even if the closet door is all the way open, which it usually is because that’s where all their toys are kept.

After they were hung I needed some alone time in my toddlers’ bedroom to organize all their books and make it look pretty. I love to organize things; there is just about nothing that makes me happier than some kind of organizing project and seeing the results. My three year old can reach up to the third shelf, so the bottom three shelves hold all their board books. On the top two shelves I put all their nice hard back books, books I don’t want to get ripped up. My two year old has a fetish for ripping up books. She loves books, but she likes to rip the pages. Her brother got a Little People flip-a-flap book for Christmas and within a month she had ever flap ripped out of that book. Needless to say we won’t be getting any more of those type books for awhile.

My kids are pretty rough on things, so I was concerned about them ripping the shelves off the wall or trying to climb them, and sure enough within a week that bottom shelf had been pulled down. So, my sweet husband rehung the shelf, and this time used a better screw anchor. About a month later the same thing happened to the second shelf from the bottom, so he again rehung it with a better screw anchor. Since then we have not had any more problems. My 7 month old now likes to try to use the bottom shelf as a bench press to pull himself up on, so I have to watch him close and make sure he doesn’t pull too hard. There were no studs to use to hand these in the area we put them, unfortunately.

I think this was the first Pinterest idea that I actually completed, so I am very proud of it. The kids love being able to see all their books displayed and being able to put them away themselves. The shelve also add a nice decorative touch to the room. What a cute way to re-purpose $4 IKEA spice racks!

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