The End of An Era: Ikea Discontinues EXPEDIT (Sort Of)

You know that shelf we all have from Ikea?  I swear, I cannot think of one person that I know who doesn't have one. You know what I'm talking about, it's the ubiquitous cube shelf that you fit baskets into or use to store your record collection. Yes, that one. Ikea is killing it off, and when I read the announcement the other day, I have to admit that I felt a tinge of nostalgia for all the EXPEDIT's I've put together (albeit in a frustrated rage).  Sure, the veneer chips, and the shelves can sag with time and weight, but for so many reasons it's still the perfect piece of furniture, especially if you have kids. The truth is, Ikea is actually replacing the EXPEDIT with something that looks almost exactly like it. According to Gizmodo, the new KALLAX will have the same interior dimensions with a thinner outer edge, which will vastly cut down on the amount of wood needed to produce their most popular shelf. They're doing it to save trees. Still, I'm a little sad to say goodbye to my old friend, if only in name, so I gathered together some of my favorite Ikea EXPEDIT hacks to date. If you have one lying around, and I know you do, here's some inspiration...

  EXPEDIT Doll House (source unknown)

EXPEDIT Doll House (source unknown)

  Reclaimed wood fronts and log storage EXPEDIT hack (source unknown)

Reclaimed wood fronts and log storage EXPEDIT hack (source unknown)