This $7 IKEA Hack Replaces More Expensive Floating Shelves

published Aug 21, 2022
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kids books on an IKEA bekvam spice rack shelf
Credit: Chantal Lamers

When it comes to maximizing space in your home, floating shelves can be a game-changer. But as anyone who’s shopped for these shelves can tell you, they’re not always the most affordable option out there. Luckily, TikTok has a money-saving tip that’ll help you make your floating shelf dreams come true for just $7 apiece. 

TikTok content creator Rhiannon McLendon (@rhiannon.mclendon) recently shared a genius trick that helped her store her kids’ books without breaking the bank. Instead of buying bookshelves, McLendon purchased three IKEA spice racks (also known as BEKVAM racks) to get the job done.

“If your kids have tons of books and you’re running out of room, save some money and don’t buy floating bookshelves, buy the IKEA spice racks,” she wrote in the video. “They’re only $7 and hold a decent amount of books. Super easy to put together and hang up, too.”

McLendon also gave viewers a crucial piece of installation advice: use painter’s tape to mark your shelf’s bracket holes and make a level wall line.

TikTok followers were seriously impressed with the hack, taking to the comments to share their thoughts.

“Genius! Not only have you given me a book storage solution, you’ve also taught me how to hang things!” one person wrote.

However, BEKVAM racks don’t just double as bookshelves. The tiny rack can also be reworked as bathroom storage, a jewelry holder, arts and crafts storage — truly, the possibilities are endless.

Looking for more tips on how to utilize your BEKVAM racks in your home? Check out Apartment Therapy’s recommendations below.