Life at Home

April 13, 2011

Easy Make Your Own Bookshelf

Did you know Ikea has a blog called Life at Home? It’s new-to-me and it’s in Swedish (which I don’t read or speak), but chrome does a good job of translating. It features some fun ideas. I like this plate wall. And I adore the shelving they built with binder clips.

Wouldn’t those shelves be fun in a playspace or home office? They remind me of the crate shelving featured in the fleeting Blueprint magazine.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

SO simple yet chic….I seriously love me some IKEA :)

I totally miss Blueprint…that & Domino are my most-missed magazines!


2 Design Mom April 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

I agree, Jessica. I’d love to try making these!


3 Tawnee April 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I don’t know if you already looked at lonnymag, but its a great new magazine that is free online. It doesn’t replace the beautiful domino, but it help fill in the emptiness!


4 Shelley (EvenAndy) April 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

I love those shelves! I did not know that Ikea had a blog. I tried to find the English version but no such luck. I used the translate tool too. Thanks for the link!


5 Design Mom April 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

Ugh! I’m sorry it’s not translating for you, Shelley. At least there are pretty pictures to look at. : )


6 Melissa Edwards April 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Oooh I might have to steal the plate wall concept!


7 Kelly April 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’d seen there new blog but was frustrated by the Swedish. I just downloaded chrome and youre right it works great. Thanks!!


8 Kelly April 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’d seen their new blog but was frustrated by the Swedish. I just downloaded chrome and youre right it works great. Thanks!!


9 christine mchale April 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

so good to know! i just love those crates! add that onto projects i’ll probably never get around to. maybe a good summer project!


10 Janis April 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I used to love Ikea, but found their quality got worse. A friend recently shared this disturbing article with me:,0,4172495,full.story


11 Tamela April 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

There’s a great English-language blog called Ikea Hackers. (


12 r8chel April 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

All hail the almighty binder clip! Who knew you could build furniture with them?! :)


13 zhing April 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

oh my! such a brilliant idea! :) great for fabric organization! xx


14 Caitlin April 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I understand the “officey” look of the binder clips, but you can also remove the little silver “arms” by squeezing the sides together, leaving just the black part of the binder clip for a more simple look. And, binder clips come in a variety of colors, so you could mix that up as well.


15 kiera April 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

oh man, i loved Blueprint so much! Bummer it didn’t work out.


16 T April 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

Sweet! I’m in love so far…I’ll have to check it out and brush up on my Swedish :)


17 Damaris @Kitchen Corners April 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

plates on the wall are my favorite.


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