Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:42 AM EDT
We've all got lots of stuff, right? Some of it we like to tuck away, but some of it needs a place to be showcased.
These two very similar shelving units perform the same duties: display space for your books and nick nacks and room dividing for those spaces that need some division.
If you're looking to add this kind of cubic shelving to your home, there are a few differences to consider:
- Size: the Crate and Barrel unit (below, left) stands about 15" taller and 13" wider (see links below for complete details)
- Material: the IKEA bookcase (below, right) is lighter, made mostly from particle board and fibre board
- Colour: IKEA offers up this bookcase in a few different colours: black-brown, birch effect and white; Crate and Barrel's unit is only available in a graphite lacquer finish
- Price: at $99, IKEA's EXPEDIT bookcase is a steal. But if you're looking for a larger unit and a great metallic finish, the Shadow Box Tower from Crate and Barrel is a definite splurge at $799US.
From the left: Crate and Barrel Shadow Box Tower, IKEA EXPEDIT bookcase.