Monday, April 14, 2014

Found Around the Shelves: SPACE!

Finally, finally, FINALLY, I got some new bookshelves last weekend! After bemoaning the total lack of room on my existing shelves, I had the opportunity to go to Ikea last Sunday and get some new, taller ones. Assembling them had to wait until yesterday, but after living with overflowing shelves for this long, a few more days wasn't going to make a difference.

Here's a pic of the Before situation. I bought 4 of these 3 shelf bookcases a couple of years ago, back when I was just rediscovering my love of books. Needless to say, loving books fills up shelves fast, and I outgrew them. Notice the small pile on top of the right bookshelf; they were there because there was no other space for them.

Fortunately, I had an empty wall downstairs in the living room, and as much as I wasn't crazy about the idea of splitting up the books between upstairs and downstairs, there was no other space for shelves. Since the living room space was pretty large, I decided to just go for it and get 3 bookcases. Plus, I don't have to worry about decorating that wall now!

These are Ikea's Billy 6 shelf bookcases. I'd seen a lot of positive reviews for them, and I like their simple design. I originally thought they had 5 shelves, but they have 6! Getting these guys home took a bit of work; Ally and her brother Denis were awesome at loading these up into their family minivan and unloading them at my house. It's a good thing they're packaged so compactly:

I actually enjoy putting stuff together, although it's a little more challenging when the furniture is taller than I am, haha! (Which is most of the time.) These were pretty easy to assemble, and for the price, I really like the quality. Here's the finished project:

It's so nice to have shelf space again! Some of the books have been moved, but the rest will have to wait until next weekend. Assembling the bookcases took quite a bit of time, time that I otherwise would have spent on, say, writing a review for today. I'm hoping to get caught up on reviews this week; the days go by way too fast!


  1. I kinda recently bought a bigger bookcase too because I was fast out-growing my old one! There's is such a joy in knowing you can buy a new book and have room for it! :) I wish I had room in my house for three bookcases side by side though - you now have the proper beginnings of your own home library! :D

    1. That wall had been empty since I moved into the house, which was 6 years ago. My original plan was to fill it with photos, but I think I've put it to equally good, if not better, use. :D I've always wanted a home library, and being able to put all of my books in one place just makes me so happy!

  2. Oooh I hope you'll post another picture once those lovely shelves are brimming with all your lovely books :-D I love how huge your new shelves are and I'm also a tad envious because I also desperately need bigger storage space for my books. (I wish we had an Ikea around here) Wow, you're going to have SO much space now - which I'm sure will shrink some soon enough but hopefully these pretties last you a long while. Enjoy putting all your books in Lee xx

    1. Thank you! :D I'm trying to be VERY good about not running out to fill up the space with new books, lol.


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