to do list: IKEA EKBY GÄLLÖ

The original String System

The original String System

I have always loved string shelves. Right now, I'm preferring the idea of moving the books etc up onto the wall instead of in masses of teetering bookshelves all over the house and the string system is my favorite option. But since they're not really an option for the moment, I've been exploring other options, leaning towards the faster more inexpensive end of the spectrum. I recently came across a very appealing alternative that is both easy to find and budget friendly, the IKEA EKBY GÄLLÖ. I am really unsure of how it took me so long to find these. We've spent quite a bit of time in the shelving section of IKEA lately, so there is just no excuse. We've just completed several sets of IKEA ALGOT shelves here in the house after I decided to give them a try in lieu of the ELFA shelving we usually use in the closets. I liked them so much in the 2 closets that we re-did, that we added them in both the playroom and office. And we also are using the IKEA FABIAN brackets (with our own shelves) for our kitchen uppers. I had chosen a nearly identical bracket, but were unable to actually obtain them when I stumbled up the FABIAN and realized it was almost an exact match. We're painting them and hope to have them up in a few days after months of going without the upper shelves.

Somehow, still I missed the EKBY GÄLLÖ until now. I was actually looking for information about something unrelated and came across a shot of an entire wall of them in a gorgeous modern house and was really surprised when I tracked down the source as IKEA. I was planning out 2 walls of the ALGOTS for the basement playroom. Similar overall feel to the String shelves and very similar to the original wall mounted shelves that the previous owner removed before clearing out the house. But the GÄLLÖ really hits a bit closer to what I want. I was considering using three 12 foot boards with the 7 of the GÄLLÖ standards to fill the end wall of the larger playroom, but I've been overruled by "the one who actually installs" and we are going with 3 separate units of 46" wide x 11" deep using the IKEA EKBY TRYGGVE raw shelves. I've agreed mostly because they are short on the standards right now and it means I can have part of the shelf up now instead of waiting. I'm not patient, so I adapted. Hopefully the shelves will be in process by next week. We're mounting them as is for now. In the long run, I'd like to paint the standards and paint or stain the shelves, but that will have to wait until we settle on the wall color and actually paint the wood paneling. Right now, we're leaning towards a dark blue wall because we want to add a projector to the room at some point and maybe going yellow, turquoise or orange for the shelves. More on that later.

EKBY JÄRPEN/ EKBY GÄLLÖ from IKEA

EKBY JÄRPEN/ EKBY GÄLLÖ from IKEA

Here are some EKBY GÄLLÖ's in action that I've pulled together to give an idea of what we're working with. When I get an idea, I always search far and wide to determine how viable it is before I forge ahead. Sometimes, I'm lucky and I can find lots of images that give me the details I need. I love the wire look and the built in book ends which is super convenient when you own 4.5 million books. 

via My WGB

via My WGB

via My WGB

via My WGB

Bronzed via Carole + Ellie

Bronzed via Carole + Ellie

Bronzed via Carole + Ellie

Bronzed via Carole + Ellie

More to come once we're a bit further along.