How To Make An IKEA Spice Rack Bookshelf That’s Brilliant For Kid’s Books
Here’s How To Make Your Own IKEA Spice Rack Bookshelf
Want to make some simple bookshelves for children rooms, using a quick and easy IKEA hack? Here’s how to make IKEA spice rack bookshelves made using IKEA Bekvam Spice racks.
An IKEA Bekvam Hack To Make DIY Kid’s Bookshelves
Here are the bedside bookshelves in our toddler’s room, which are painted Ikea Bekvam spice racks. It’s a very simple IKEA hack – where people take the furniture and use it for something else – but a really good one that means you can store and display kid’s books.
Firstly, How Much Do IKEA Spice Racks Cost?
- The IKEA Bekvam shelves cost around £3.50
- They are sold in single units (our are displayed in a set of two)
Why Use An IKEA Spice Rack For Books?
- IKEA Spice Racks are designed to be used in kitchens to hold spices
- BUT – they also work brilliantly as bookshelves due to the wide shelf and wooden barrier which stops books falling off
- They are great to use as kid’s bookshelves as they store books with the cover out, meaning kids can easily see the book they want to read. And they look pretty.
How To Make An IKEA Spice Rack Bookshelf:
- First, assemble the shelf as per the instructions (which is a simple process that shouldn’t take too long).
- The IKEA spice rack comes in pale, unfinished wood. If you want, you can leave them as they are
- HOWEVER! They also look great painted. We painted ours as we wanted them to be more colourful.
- We used two coats of teal wood paint
- Next, decide where they are best placed – space them out accordingly to fit children’s board books, which are taller.
- Attach them to the wall – they need to be screwed into the wall and it’s quite fiddly.
The IKEA spice rack bookshelves / spice racks work really well as bookshelves for children’s rooms, as they’re deep enough to keep lots of books on, and small enough so you can slot them in to make a cosy reading corner.
We used ours here. right by her bed, so we can read books to her pre-sleep.
As they are by her bed, they also surprisingly useful for housing various objects including her evening water cup and whichever mini toy is the current favourite.
I have a whole load of ideas of IKEA hacks for children over on my Pinterest board.
More Kid’s Room Painting Projects:
We’ve been doing lots of work on the house recently. It’s not so much because we have a baby deadline now, but I’m so sick of it not being done. I do think it’s probably extreme nesting on a three-storey scale.
So there’s been more paint in Eliza’s room, where the only useful build-in cupboards in the house that we’ve left up – out of many – were the boxed-in shelves above her bed, so we (Alex) painted those bright green. I can’t take any credit for it as it was all his idea.
Breaking news, we also painted our awful red fireplace (it looks a million times better, will post a photo shortly).