Ikea Spice Rack Turned Into Bookshelves

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Great DIY Ikea Hack. Make your own bookshelves for your bedroom or office with these Ikea spice racks. Such a great idea to maximize your wall space. Click here to find out what to buy, and how to quickly make these bookshelves.

Ikea Spice Rack Turned Into Bookshelves

Ikea sells Bekvam Spice Racks for $3.99 each – and they make the perfect bookshelves for kids’ books.

Inexpensive Ikea Spice Racks make perfect bookshelves. Click here to find out what to buy, and how to quickly make these bookshelves.

After purchasing them at Ikea, I spray painted ours white (although I think the natural wood color would have been just fine.)

Inexpensive Ikea Spice Racks make perfect bookshelves. Click here to find out what to buy, and how to quickly make these bookshelves.

It was a bit tricky to get them anchored to the wall – and level.

This was the face Even Steven made when I told him we had to hang up four of them…

Inexpensive Ikea Spice Racks make perfect bookshelves. Click here to find out what to buy, and how to quickly make these bookshelves.

Here’s a hint: Create a template out of posterboard so you know where to drill the screws. Make sure you get them into a stud! And then use your template to quickly drill the holes for all of your shelves. (If only we had figured this out before the last one.)

The kids love them – and I do too!

Inexpensive Ikea Spice Racks make perfect bookshelves. Click here to find out what to buy, and how to quickly make these bookshelves.


  1. Nikki Mayhew

    August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    What a cute idea, Anna!

  2. Rachel @ Lines across my face

    August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Cute! I want some. I think I'm going to have to take a trip to IKEA soon πŸ™‚ I would love it if you would stop by and link this up at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  3. Madison

    August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What a great idea. Love the makeover you gave them. I always find white is so much more appealing in a kids rooms. Though I also find white, doesn't stay white for very long in a kids room. Sigh.

    Madison xxx

  4. Wendy

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    These have been on my Ikea list for awhile! Now I just need to get there (and it's not far, which is even better!)

  5. raising4princesses

    August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    now that is just too awesome. I'm very impressed. I never would have thought to use spice racks. I'm been wanting to make some sort of shelves for my girls and I think you inspired me! I just started a new link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you'd join up with this.
    have a lovely day, Maria

  6. Heather

    August 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm


  7. Keren Duchan

    August 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I saw these over at craftgawker and now again on "Someday Crafts" – they're really great. Too bad I am too lazy to drill a hole in the wall and put them up! πŸ˜€ I wish shelves could just magically attach themselves to the walls.

  8. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear

    August 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Love this post! What a neat idea- I'd never considered using spice racks! Thanks for sharing. Hope you'll link it and any other kid or teen related posts that you have to our "Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings" party tomorrow!


  9. Angela at Our Family Journey

    August 19, 2011 at 2:27 am

    This is great! I picked up a couple of these at ikea a couple of weeks ago and they are sitting in my closet because I'm not sure how to use them. I'm so excited to see your post! Visiting from Shabby Creek Cottage link party.

  10. Christy

    August 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Yep! Have to do this. Great idea. Hopping over from a linky party. Have a great day!


  11. The Shy Bee

    August 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Sunla Designs

    August 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I found you on C.R.A.F.T., and I just LOVE what you did. I be doing this in the baby's room!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now & would love to have you check it out!

    Your newest follower!

  13. Queen of the House

    October 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This is absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! …and so frugal too! πŸ™‚

  14. Ashley

    November 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Visiting from YHL! I love this idea…I'm thinking of getting a couple for my boys. Too bad the nearest Ikea is 2 hours away. Maybe my husband will be up for a roadtrip this weekend πŸ™‚ Great job!

  15. Jona

    November 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I did this too but it didn't occur to me to paint them! I'm lucky enough to have an IKEA 20 minutes away. Thanks for the great idea!

  16. Rece

    November 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love this!!

  17. RubyJeans

    January 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Oh I LOVE this idea… I could use a WHOLE wall full in our house… We have LOADS and LOADS of books.. πŸ™‚ Be sure to stop in and share it here…
    and today is a Giveaway day so bring LOTS of your Linkies… have a great week!!! Oh I don’t think I have said HAPPY NEW YEAR to you yet so HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  18. Janel @ Hating Martha

    January 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Wow…you are right. Guess a trip to IKEA is in order!

  19. Mary

    January 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Better check stock at Ours is out and don’t know when or if they will get more jn stock. This must be a popular idea, lol.

  20. Autumn

    January 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now…but the closest IKEA is 2 hours away and they don’t sell these online. So I guess that means ROAD TRIP! Thanks for the reminder. Yours look great!

  21. Tab

    May 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I do not have an IKEA near me at all, is anyone willing to pick up some for me and I will pay for the shelves, plus shipping, plus gas money??? I really LOVE this idea and cannot find them anywhere on the internet πŸ™

  22. Jessica

    June 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I found your blog by googling how to paint ikea spice racks – I have a couple that I’ve had sitting in a closet for the past year and finally ready to tackle painting them… hope they turn out as cute as yours! πŸ™‚

  23. Mimi

    July 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I love your idea, where did you get those lovely stripped curtains? I want something similar for my sons room. BTW, i read some of your blogs and I think you are hilarious, I have a wicked of humor. I have been trying to loose the baby weight for 2 years and have come so close (have 8lbs to go) and it never occured to me to just cut my jeans, so simple and quick. You are brilliant πŸ™‚

  24. Mimi

    July 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Ooops, I didnt meant I have a sense of humor, I meant you have, lol

  25. Rachel

    September 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Wow, I saw those at IKEA and KNEW there had to be an excellent use for them. I couldn’t figure it out, though! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing…

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  31. Susen

    January 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

    What type of anchors did you use to hang them? I read somewhere else that they fell off wall – yikes! Would like to do this but curious what you used to keep them secured to the wall!! Thanks!

  32. Anna Luther

    January 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    We haven’t had any problems Susen. My husband drilled screws into the wall, and they have little notches in the back that hang perfectly from the screws. Maybe if you just used a nail it would be more likely to fall?

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