Expedit as a room divider?

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Posted 8/8/2011 by Lemon Cupcakes in General Scrappin'

Lemon Cupcakes

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Posted: 8/8/2011 12:13:37 PM
My scraproom is currently located in 1/2 the dining room/formal living room. I was thinking about getting an expedit shelf to use as a divider to separate the two and give me some privacy.

If you use it as a room divider, tell me your opinion. Is it stable? I have a baby who is just starting to walk, so I don't want something wobbly. I am thinking that if it is wobbly, if I bought the desk extension, it would help to stabilize it?

How do you cover up the opposite side? I saw a blog or something where a lady took 12x12 frames and hung them up, but I can't find that project anywhere. I want to do something so little hands can't get into my stuff from the other side.

Thanks for your help!


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Posted: 8/8/2011 5:12:09 PM
Btt for you.


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Posted: 8/8/2011 5:23:20 PM
Yes, it's stable. They give you a piece that you use to attach it perpendicularly ( if that's a real word ) to the wall. So as long as it's touching the wall on one end, you can fix it so that it won't tip.

I have it as a wall divider for my sb space, but I'm in the basement, so I'm sure it doesn't look as nice as yours will.

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Posted: 8/8/2011 5:36:33 PM
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Posted: 8/8/2011 5:40:04 PM
I have also installed the 12x12 frames as Lisa T did and if I were to do it all aver again I would install them with hinges (one the side) so they would open like doors. I find the cabinet magnets cause me trouble in fitting tall bulky items on my shelves. I have learned to live with it but I would highly recommend looking into some hinges. They would be more secure that way as well. I have yet to have one fall (and break) but I am sure it will happen one day. I love my Expedit!


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Posted: 8/8/2011 11:16:25 PM
I have mine as a room divider, and it is very stable. I have my sofa on one side and my scrap area on the other. I like it because, I can talk to DH while I am scrapping (I live in a one bedroom apt.)

Lemon Cupcakes

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Posted: 8/8/2011 11:59:13 PM
Thanks for the responses.

I think that I can make it work. My mom is thinking about a road trip to Ikea and maybe I can use my puppy dog eyes to get her to bring one home for me, lol.
If I get it, I will definitely post pics.

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Posted: 8/9/2011 11:43:06 AM
I saw somewhere where a woman hung a heavy weight curtain from the ceiling to conceal the back of her expedit that she used as a room divider. I wish I had the link for you But it was VERY nice looking and really looked great from both sides.


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Posted: 8/9/2011 5:04:09 PM
I think having an Expedit as a room divider is a great idea. I plan on doing the same thing, to seperate my scrapbook space and an office.

And wow I absolutely LOVE the frames idea


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Posted: 8/10/2011 9:21:05 PM
Also there are several styles of Expedit, there is a 4x4, 5x5, 1x5, 2x2.

The Expedit I have set up is actually the 4x4 unit, next to a 2x4 unit that creates a 6x4 unit. You can always use a 2x4 unit on it's side as well (2 cubbies high, 4 cubbies across) if you are worried about your baby climbing. I considered that at the time, it would more the height of a sofa table. I had the idea swimming in my head for awhile, I just had to convince DH...he wasn't convinced when I explained it to him, LOL. But once it was built, he saw my vision.

Also if you have any chance to get down the store itself, I would do so, the showroom will give you a ton of ideas on how to use different pieces.

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Posted: 8/12/2011 10:14:20 PM
I have a large Expedit in my scrap space/office and it is against a wall. And, we also have one being used as a room divider (it houses all of our travel mementos). Both are very sturdy and stable. We did attach the room divider unit to the wall on one end which is what I would recommend doing if you have a little one running around. I would recommend containers with lids (I used the Kassett boxes in the one in my scrap room) and keeping the heavier items on the bottom shelves.

If you get your mom to pick one up just know that the boxes (yes, boxES) are heavy. DH and I had to lift them together to load and unload them. We have a large truck so it was not tough to get them in, but I'm not sure a car would work for transport.

Also, if you have to use a hammer to pound the walls together as you build it, be sure to use a soft mallet or use a piece of cushioned wood between the blows of the hammer/mallet and the unit pieces (yes, the unit will get dinged up if you don't).

Lastly, there are sometimes pieces missing from these items and this could prevent you from being able to finish the assembly. If you are not close to a store this could pose an issue. I have only had one such incident, but it sucked in that it was late in the day when I picked up the item and I couldn't get the missing parts until the next day. Meanwhile the pieces were lying all over the floor until I got the missing parts.

Don't get me wrong, I love these units and always recommend them. But since the store's not close to you I thought I should share some info.

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Posted: 8/14/2011 5:01:57 AM
mine is against a wall and it does have some movement when an adult pushes one end. it's not connected to the wall at ALL though. I defiantly think if you can connect one end it would not move. adding the desk would certainly help too. put the heaviest stuff on the bottom though of course.

to keep your DD out of stuff on lower shelves look at the lidded Kassett boxes or the open bin Drona boxes. personally if it was me I'd do kassetts because they have a lid.

You could also cover the back side completely in a thin veneer (like bead-board wainscoting) and then hang a large picture on the back of it facing the family/dining room and paint it the same color as the bookcase.

if you go with the picture frames it would be a good idea to replace the glass with plexi. you can have it done at any frame/glass shop OR go to home depot. they have thin sheets you can cut with heavy scissors even. You just need to be careful to only clean it with a soft cloth, not paper towels or it will scratch. but it's better than worrying about one opening and banging into something (or someone) or falling to the ground if you don't have it permanently attached.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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Posted: 8/14/2011 6:08:17 AM
I just have to say the idea of putting frames on this unit is freaking awesome!

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Posted: 8/14/2011 6:27:09 AM
Just wanted to add that if you are sending your mom...yes, the boxes for the Expedit are way heavy. I needed help to get these boxes on the cart at the store and into my car. Also, they are long. So, you will need the room in your vehicle to put the box into.


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Posted: 8/14/2011 4:44:53 PM
I am going to disagree with everyone and say that, with a toddler, it is not safe to use a 16 cube expedit in the middle of a room with no brace. Little kids love to climb, and these shelves are perfect for climbing. They are very sturdy, but under the right circumstances, they can tip.

For the record, I am a kinder teacher and have several expedit shelves in my room. I just bought a 16 cube one, but braced it to the wall. The 8 cube one does work well as a divider.

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