I am a little reluctant to admit that our Ikea Expedit bookcase has changed rooms a staggering four times in our home. I guess it’s a testament to how versatile it is as a piece of furniture (or maybe it’s the fact that I love to “re-do” rooms). Let’s review where the Expedit has been and the purpose it has served in each space.
When we first moved into our home we purchased the Expedit to store our kids toys in the family room:
I liked the functionality of the piece but decided I would rather have a more “built-in” look. The Expedit was replaced by the bookshelves in this post. We moved it into our home office which you can see in the picture below:
I love how much “stuff” the Expedit holds but my two year old was pulling everything she could reach off the shelves on a daily basis and I was sick of kid’s toys all over the family room. When I purchased the Goodwill bookcases I knew it was time to create a home office in our family room and turn our fourth bedroom into a playroom. At this point I didn’t really have a place for the Expedit and I even tried to sell it. Gladly, it didn’t sell and I found a home for it in our son’s room:
My son’s bed doesn’t have a headboard so I put the Expedit behind the bed for additional storage. Please excuse this picture, I guess I never took a photo of the bookcase styled and the bed made. I snapped this shot just before the Expedit’s fourth move. This photo provides a sneak peak at some of the changes in Mason’s room. We bought him a loft bed from Ikea to go over his queen but it was too tall for our standard height ceilings and thus we had to cut it down. The bookcase would no longer fit under the loft bed (more on that later).
There were things I needed to store, like swimming towels, that I did not want on display. To cover the lower eight cubbies, I hung a narrow curtain rod on the front of the bookcase and attached two curtain panels with rings and clips. The curtain is actually a shower curtain I picked up at TJ Max several months ago. I cut it down and hemmed it with no sew hem tape. It works like a charm. Here’s a closer look: