Published on April 23rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Books, budgets and Bekvams

Materials: Ikea Bekvam Spice Rack

Description: It’s a well known fact that I love blogs like I love my own children. A lot. And I see and get a lot of ideas. The “Miscellaneous” folder on my desktop is always full to the brim with inspiration, potential blog posts, things that I’m “going to do”. But Ikea Bekvam Spice Racks as bookshelves? That had me clearing my diary and driving to Ikea the following day! Got kids? Cash strapped? Listen up.

1. You’ll need the tools of the Bekvam-hanging trade: tape measure, level, your kid’s HB pencil. And caffeine – you’re going to need some form of artificial stimulant before you commence.

2. I had the perfect little wall in my daughter Anoushka’s room for them – between the doorway and cupboard (she inhales books!). Given the proportions of the wall, I bought eight spice racks. I went for the fetching side-by-side configuration, in four “shelves”/rows (almost up to door height), with a 10cm gap between them. Who cares if a 3 year old can’t reach the top shelf? I can. And besides. Looks good.

3. Using a level mark out the screw positions and get them in the wall. We chose to paint the shelves after positioning them on the wall.

4. Walls were painted in Dulux “Sweet Sixteen”, Tarnby rug also from Ikea, Moroccan Pouffes in bright orange and gold from my Table Tonic online store ( That’s a wrap.

~ Louise (Table Tonic), Sydney, Australia

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15 Responses to Books, budgets and Bekvams

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Only bummer is that I live in a state with no IKEA and the website says that the shelves are not available for online purchase. I tried finding availability in any state that I know someone and no luck there either. ERG!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Perfect!! Thank you so much for the idea! Hoping my idea gets stock ASAP though!!, thank you

  4. What a fantastic idea! Off to Ikea!

  5. Liesbeth says:

    Great idee, and just what I was looking for!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am a teacher and new to Ikea. I think this would be awesome in my classroom. Can’t wait to hit the Ikea in CA again this summer. Wish we had one in Vegas!!

  7. Simone says:

    Oh wow – just checked our Aussie site and these spice racks are $2.50 each! BARGAIN!

    I think we will also put one above our baby’s change table to hold the lotions and potions. And two on our bathroom wall to hold make up. And.. and..

  8. Anonymous says:

    Both this and the original idea were awesome! I’m so sad I can’t find this spice rack in Ikea Spain. Looking for alternatives!

  9. Rob O. says:

    Another, dare I say it – non-Ikea, option that we discovered recently and really fell in love with is to use vinyl rain gutters for book display shelves:

  10. ANNE FARRELL says:

    Love it! Good work.

  11. I did this quite awhile ago myself. I had a spare, so I used it above my bedside able in my bedroom. Holds the remote, lotion, the little knickknacks, etc. Never thought to do it in a larger format. Great idea!

  12. Ooooh thank you for featuring my hack! Everyone who sees them heads straight for IKEA!

  13. Laure says:

    No Beckvam rank on canadian Ikea’s website ? Bouhouuuu :(
    But a great idea !!

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Love the hack, I am doing this for my little ones room

  15. Elizabeth! says:

    This is such a great idea!!! thanks for sharing this. definitely going to IKEA next week :)

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