I had a little time yesterday afternoon, while Maisie napped and Sam watched some “boy” TV so I took the opportunity to put together the second Expedit Shelving Unit. One thing our house has is height (9 1/2′ ceilings on the first and second floor). So after I saw that multiple people had double stacked these units, I was sold! We were limited in our footprint and cold only fit a 4 wide unit (I would have loved a 5 wide unit), so I am happy to make up for it up high. A lot of these cubes will be used to hold out of season clothes, kids artwork and things we don’t need to get to very often since I definitely need a ladder for the top row.
This was my inspiration:
I was a little nervous about stacking them until I installed the bottom unit and felt how sturdy it was with the wall attachments. Ikea gives you an angle for the 2 top corners. Then you have to determine how you are going to attach it to the wall. We have thick molding, so after some trial and error, I went with 8″ long 2×4 blocking. This way I could get a couple of 3″ decking screws into the wall. Once I felt like the blocking was secure I screwed the unit to the blocking. The angle attachment has a second piece that clamps down when tightened. I was really pleasantly surprised at how well it was attached.
The second unit went together in about an hour (the first one took about 2 hours due to the size). Then I just needed to wait for Mr. S. to come home to help me lift it. It was actually easier than I thought. I screwed the blocking onto the wall and attached the angles to the unit ahead of time, to minimize the amount of work that I would need to do once it was in place. It only took me a couple of minutes to screw it in place after it was up.
Pretty exciting, huh! Okay, so the room looks like a disaster still, but at least I finally have some space to put things. I even have a couple of empty boxes. Fortunately there is also a little bit of space at the top for some of our more fragile items. And I have gotten over my issues with having the same shelf as half of America.
Stay tuned for some styling next week! I also haven’t bought any additional storage bins yet. I am going to try and get the kids to do some toy sorting with me this weekend, so we can determine what we actually need. Baby steps. Lots of baby steps!