Ikea Book Shelves (Spice Racks)

I don’t know how many of you have seen on Pinterest or out there in blog land, these spice racks from Ikea used as a book shelf. Well, I saw the idea about a year ago and I have literally been waiting that long to get some!  They have been back ordered, in stock and out again for over a year!  My cute neighbor, Susan, called me last week and said that she was at Ikea and they had some in stock and did I want her to pick some up for me!  Don’t you just love friends that watch out for you!

I forgot to take a picture of the package, but this is what they look like when they are put together.  They take 2-3 minutes to put together.  They are very inexpensive (only about 3 dollars each!)  I put mine up with heavy duty command strips, because they are on a hollow door and I did not want to put holes in my door!

**Note- the command strips only held up for a day or two, so I ended up putting small screws in my door.  I really have these shelves loaded up, so if you want to use the command strips, you will not be able to put a lot of books on your shelves!**

This is what my closet looked like before:  do any of you have a closet like this?I love how a simple little project can lead to organizing my whole closet!!  This is the toy/ extra blankets/ puzzles/anything that didn’t have a home closet!  But now the kids can see the books and I organized them so that the preschool books are on the bottom shelf.  The beginning readers on the middle shelf and the older readers on the top.I love how organized this now looks and it will be easy for the kids to see what books are there and it makes it easy to put them away!  I will change out some of the seasonal books so that there will be new books to read.  I love children’s books and I love that now they are displayed and we can see what we have!  The grandkids love this closet and they love to read books, so I think that they will love this toy closet even more the next time they come. I could throw a bean bag in this closet and have a little reading nook!

What project have you done that is so simple, yet it gets you so organized?  I would love to hear.

Have a great day everyone!  Love Ya!

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10 thoughts on “Ikea Book Shelves (Spice Racks)

  1. I love this idea. I bought 5 a while back and after watching me put one together, my five year old insisted he build the rest. I put them on the wall next to each of my kid’s beds. My kids had a habit of falling asleep with/on their books at night, but now they just put them on one of these beauties. Love it!

  2. Great idea! I’m on my way to Ikea today in New Jersey for some cheapo curtain rods. May just grab one of those ;). That closet looks so much better Rita! My post yesterday talks about the importance of clearing out stuff before we head to the big blog land in the sky. Check it out if you get a moment.

  3. I have had four in my closet waiting to be put up in my daughter’s bedroom. Using command strips will be my inspiration to get them put up TODAY! What a great idea to avoid holes in the wall.
    My daughter’s favorite IKEA find? They had some lightweight curtains on clearance and with a few stitches to secure a ribbon threaded through, it is her longest cape ever. She especially loves to wear it outside in the wind.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  4. What a great idea!!! Such a space saver! I’m going to keep this in mind when I do Gabrielle’s room!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at TheDIYDreamer.com – From Dream To Reality!

  5. Great idea… and I love that command strips are strong enough to hold the weight of shelf and books! I hadn’t heard of them before. Your post may be responsible for Ikea running out of stock again!

    1. I had to do a follow up post on these, because the command strips only lasted for 1 day. I ended up putting small screws in my door :( They work great with the screws and my grand kids love the book shelves! If you want to use the command strips, you will not be able to load them up with all the books like I did.

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