Jump to content

Ikea Expedit storage question


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#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!!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.