Ikea Spice Rack Bookshelf

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Turn a spice rack into a bookshelf for kids or family albums! See how I made an Ikea Spice Rack Bookshelf for all of my family chatbooks!

ikea spice rack bookshelf

Have you heard of chatbooks?  They take your Instagram photos and turn them into albums for you.  I LOVE them so much and have been making them for years.  I even have a separate private Instagram that I use to upload just the images I want for my chatbook, making it SUPER easy to have printed.  I have been making them for years and had a stack of books just sitting around on a table.  And I finally decided on this fun Ikea Spice Rack Bookshelf!  The books fit perfectly and the spice racks are inexpensive!

Spice Rack Bookshelf

When I saw how spice racks were used in various ways to hold books, I began to look around for something similar. My family room doesn’t have a ton of wall space, and what we do have is taken up quite a bit already.  I went looking for spice racks online and found these unfinished spice racks from Ikea on Amazon.  Unfinished was perfect because I love color and knew I would want to paint my spice rack bookshelf.

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You want to buy the Ikea Bekvam Spice Rack.  If you are lucky enough to have an Ikea close, they are $5 each.  But you can also pick up a 4 pack on Amazon or order them online if you live too far to get to Ikea.  These shelves are deep and chatbooks are relatively small, so each shelf easily holds 32 books!

spice rack bookshelf

Once they arrived, I had my handy lego builder son assemble them.   After they were put together (and lets be honest, sat around for a few weeks) I took them outside to spray paint to match the living room.  Then my husband kindly screwed them into the wall in my desired spot. And guess what? My plan worked! The kids have been pulling them off the shelved to look at them, and enjoying our family albums already! I don’t need them to look at them all the time, but occasionally is nice.

ikea spice rack bookshelves

Family Album Storage

Here are some helpful stats, when using the chat books:

  • you can fit 16 books on each side
  • 32 total per shelf
  • 128 books on all 4 shelves
  • I currently have 36 books from last year and a half

I probably take more pictures than the average person, so these shelves can hold a LOT!

So have you tried using chatbooks?  It’s a subscription, where you sign up, enter your CC info, and then every time you upload 60 pictures to instagram, they will AUTOMATICALLY send you a new book, 6×6 in size. Amazing, isn’t it?

Click on this chatbooks link to get your first book $10 off, then others are only $10 after that, and I THINK that includes shipping.

Here are my boys looking over the books, I can’t find one of my girls, but they are even doubly more obsessed with looking at them than the boys. I do love that they are enjoying it now that they are on display!

chat books

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  1. shelley says:

    I saw these at your house last time I was there and love them! I need to get pictures printed in books for my kids to look through! Pictures = happy!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, they love looking through them. Have you tried chat books? Or printing your blog, they’d love that, too.

  2. tanya says:

    What a great idea! I mind myself going crazy trying to find a spot for all of my son’s books for school. Thanks. i love the color of blue you choose, that would fit perfectly with my home decor.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, great for kids books, too! It’s a can of spray paint, great teal shade!

  3. So cute. Will have to start ordering Chat Books today.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It’s a fabulous way to get pictures printed easily!

  4. jumbo says:

    it’s really nice i love for the books on racks in home.

  5. jumbo says:

    Thanks for sharing the valuable information, very helpful indeed. Keep on writing the similar articles. waiting for your next articles.