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#1 jobo77

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:56 PM

So some other threads on toy storage have me inspired to do something about mine and I have just looked online at the Ikea range. There seem to be a few of you out there who have this storage system so for those who know about the Expedit series, there is a 4 cube shelving unit for $59 (on sale at moment) which looks great but then also a "bookshelf" for $89 that has 8 cubes that can be laid on its side. The measurements for the bigger one look fine and slightly less than putting 2 x 4 cubes together. Does anyone know if there is any difference other than that with the 2 units? The price difference has thrown me slightly I guess but if they are the same unit I will go with the bigger size unless the smaller ones are more stable etc  unsure.gif  
Thanks!

#2 Isolabella

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

We have both ( in different places).

We use the 2x2 inside the front door then the 1x5 laid down in the hallway for the kids shoes and school bags.

The boys room has the 2x4 in both horizontal and vertical positions. It is really you choice and what you need.



#3 TinMan

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

I have two of the 2x4 in DD room- they are very stable- no bend or wobble if leaned on- with the price at the moment I'd go the bigger set if you have room for them.

#4 LJandAJ

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:07 PM

We have the 4x2 in easpch of the kids rooms, both laying down. When they getolder we will stand it up so I love that it can be a 'long term' peice of furniture. I wouldn't trust a 2x4 on top of another one so when the kids are older we would have needed to buy something new.

#5 jobo77

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

Thanks yes I prefer the bigger one but having just measured the car...I think getting it home might be a problem so we might have to get 2 of the 4 cube ones. Their delivery fee is ridiculous! Will try and get in there this weekend to check them out  original.gif

#6 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE (jobo77 @ 03/01/2013, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks yes I prefer the bigger one but having just measured the car...I think getting it home might be a problem so we might have to get 2 of the 4 cube ones. Their delivery fee is ridiculous! Will try and get in there this weekend to check them out  original.gif



Aren't they all flatpacked, build yourself type things?

#7 Carabosse

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

We fitted the 5 x 5 and the TV unit in our station wagon. But DH had to come back and pick us all up laughing2.gif

The kids have Trofasts in their bedrooms but I now wish I had bought Expedits. The Expedit is working out SO much better for toy storage and as a bookshelf than I had even imagined!

Edited by Carabosse, 03 January 2013 - 06:52 PM.


#8 jobo77

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE
Aren't they all flatpacked, build yourself type things?


Yes but the length won't work unless I take out the car seats and lie the seats down. HATE getting the car seats back in with a passion so its not worth it for me  laugh.gif  My brother has access to a work van so he might be able to help out... will pay the store a visit and see how we go!

#9 Two Socks

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

We have 4x2 units in one of our children's bedrooms.  DS2 has three units in his room - one upright in his wardrobe as shelving, and two in his room - one upright for toys and treasures and the other horizontal under his elevated bed for books.  Very versatile units!  Hope your brother can help you out!

#10 i-candi

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

We have two 4x4 expedit storage side by side in our play room. They have really grown with the kids (have had them now for 5 years), so easy to store toys. They've gone from baby type books to novels to barbies now to Warhammer storage ! I'm so happy we got them.

#11 ~ky~

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:39 AM

We have a 5 x 5 and got that along with a bunk bed home in the back of an old Pajero. We bought both from the "as is" section of ikea and ended up getting the two for less than a new 5 x 5 expedit. The only damage it had was some scratches on the bottom from being dragged across the showroom floor!

I'm looking at getting a 4 x 2 for kids storage. I currently have some of their fabric cubes in our big expedit and they are fantastic. I use them for nappies, bibs, toys etc.

#12 Myprincesses

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:54 AM

They are great. We have a 5x5 for toy area, each DD has a 2x4 lying down in their rooms, and I have a 4x4 in the study for my craft things. They are a great investment and everyone foments on them.

In terms of what I get. it depends on what you are wanting them for. 2 2x4 would work if you needed to have them separate. Just when you put them together stand them next to each other not on top of each other.

Also just discovered yesterday that Bunnings sell fabric drawers that fit these in a huge range of colours for $13 each ($10in Sydney).

#13 winkywonkeydonkey

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:36 AM

We have 2 4 cube  because we couldnt fit the 8 cube box in our car original.gif

I had them nex to each other but now i have them split up into each kids room .

Edited by winkywonkeydonkey, 04 January 2013 - 07:22 AM.


#14 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

Hijack just a little...

Has anyone stacked expedit on top of expedit?

I've been looking at this on ikea hackers and am wondering: if I stacked two hacked 5x5s either on top of or underneath a couple of 5x1s then I could cover a whole wall in our bedroom and maybe - just maybe - my giant piles of crud could become an organised wall of wonderfulness?

Thoughts?

#15 BeYOUtiful

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

I would love to go on a spending frenzy at Ikea but budget won't allow it at the moment.
I bought these the other week at Big W - $10 + $12.
http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr169/J...zpsc0e8926a.jpg

They look pretty good I think for the price, and will do the job for some books and fabric baskets for toys.

The Bunnings fabric baskets a PP mentioned sound good.  What size are they PP? original.gif

#16 katpaws

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:38 AM

If you are buying from Ikea make sure you have one of their memberships. There are some discounts on furniture etc atm for members.



#17 PurpleNess

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Can I just OP what ever you get please bolt them to the walls!!

Can I just OP what ever you get please bolt them to the walls!!

#18 k10

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

AS PP's have said it depends on what you want it for.  We just bought 4 expedits (5x5, 4x4, 2x4 (laying on its side and 1 x 5).  I was umming and ahhing about the 2 x 2 for our room and ended up getting a Billy low unit that we haven't yet assembled and will most likely return for the 2x2.  this all filled a ute and the bigger ones are heavy!

We also got the canvas boxes from Bunnings ... colour range is great.  They are 33cm x 33cm and fit the expedits perfectly

Countrymel - not sure about the stacking ... I think you probably could stack a 1 x 5 on its side on top of a 5x5 if all were wall fixed?  I don't think I'd put a 5 x 5 on top of anything - too heavy! original.gif


#19 zzgirl

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

I put the 2x4 in the back of a hyundai excel with the back seats down - if you've got a hatchback it should fit.

#20 ThornfieldHall

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 04/01/2013, 08:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hijack just a little...

Has anyone stacked expedit on top of expedit?

I've been looking at this on ikea hackers and am wondering: if I stacked two hacked 5x5s either on top of or underneath a couple of 5x1s then I could cover a whole wall in our bedroom and maybe - just maybe - my giant piles of crud could become an organised wall of wonderfulness?

Thoughts?

You had me at hackers.... I've also seen a walk-in wardrobe fitted out floor to ceiling with it - here - http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/12/expedit...-in-closet.html

My two cents worth is - secure it to the wall, and each unit to another. Put the 1 x 5 on top, not on the bottom. Wish Ikea made 5 x 2.... Also, measure twice and cut once (not that you should need to cut...) - but make sure what you make up will fit the space. I used a 5 x 5 recently as a room divider - $200+ and you have a new room. Can't beat that!

#21 BeYOUtiful

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE
We also got the canvas boxes from Bunnings ... colour range is great. They are 33cm x 33cm and fit the expedits perfectly

Cheers, thanks for that k10.

#22 Riotproof

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 04/01/2013, 08:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hijack just a little...

Has anyone stacked expedit on top of expedit?

I've been looking at this on ikea hackers and am wondering: if I stacked two hacked 5x5s either on top of or underneath a couple of 5x1s then I could cover a whole wall in our bedroom and maybe - just maybe - my giant piles of crud could become an organised wall of wonderfulness?

Thoughts?

I think you'd need to bolt them to the wall, which you can do with the four cube one, not sure about the bigger. Thanks for the tip about the Bunnings canvas boxes, has anyone found cheaper sturdy baskets or cane ones? I want to be to able to put ds's books in something.

#23 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

Another question...  I'm sitting here trying to work out how I can hack this expedit but my maths is letting me down!

Can some kind expedit owning soul please do me a huge favour?

Can you measure the inside measurement of a square as well the width of the dividers/walls?

I would be ever so grateful!

#24 HRH Countrymel

Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

*bump*

Anyone?

Anyone with a ruler and a kindly disposition?

#25 item

Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:32 AM

Ask on the hacker forum, there are ppl there who do thi for fun!!




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