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Ikea Grundtal Shelf amd Lillholmen Triple Hook

Product Review: Ikea Grundtal Shelf and Lillholmen Hook

Since my fiancé and I live in a fairly small two-bedroom bungalow, we're always looking for ways to organize and consolidate. To that end, I went to Ikea looking for some funny little items in which to organize my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, effectively getting them off of the dresser and reducing clutter. The Grundtal Glass Shelf and Lillholmen Triple Hook seemed to fit the bill.

While I was, in the end, pleased with these items, I was not happy about the assembly process.

To hear me gripe, just

Here are my gripes about these products:

  • The directions were incorrect! Now, we all know that Ikea directions are a drag, and often confusing, but the picture demonstrating how to orient the mounting hardware on the Grundtal shelf was backwards! This resulted in some chipped paint and grumpy words from yours truly, but I eventually figured it out.
  • The shelf and hook were both missing screws for mounting them onto the wall. What if I'd been some college student who didn't own any extra screws? I would've been one unhappy customer indeed.
  • A regular flathead screwdriver is too large to screw in the final mounting screw. Seriously, it requires something closer to the tiny screwdriver that comes with eyeglass kits. Again, annoying. I ended up using the blade of a Swiss army knife to twist in the tiny screw.
  • You definitely need to use a level and measure carefully, since the shelf has to be coordinated perfectly with the wall brackets.

But still, even after all of this griping, I did manage to find a solution to the jewelry-all-over-the-dresser issue. We're both thrilled that there's more dresser space (on which to throw loose change and lunch receipts, ahem), and I'm happy to have my jewelry organized finally.

Check it out for yourself:

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
that is exactly true boosh bitch! i used to work there and had to explain that to people all the time (i worked in both the lighting and the organizational areas - you can just imagine the amount of technical questions i got! )
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I do like the shelf.
boosh-bitch boosh-bitch 9 years
Ikea never gives mounting screws. It usually says so in the instructions. They don't do it because of all the different types of walls someone might need to attach the shelf (or whatever) to. They'd either have to include a lot of extra screws and have a bunch wasted or include one set that a lot of people won't be able to use. That's part of why Ikea is so much cheaper than a lot of places.
flowidme flowidme 9 years
great job!looks amazing!love ikea!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ikea stuff is always SO hard to put together!!! But my boyfriends sister use to work there so she shows me all the tricks and helps me out when I have NO IDEA what to do!
carak carak 9 years
that looks really cute!
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
Well, the end result looks great even if you did have a lot of trouble!
srb3703 srb3703 9 years
Hi Casa! I love IKEA and I have this shelf in my bathroom. Although it was a pain to install, I love it! IKEA also sells screws and installing tools (including a really cool screwdriver with interchangable heads) - I was definitely that college girl without any mounting materials ;)
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
I have NO patience for assembling Ikea stuff, i just want it out of the box already assembled :) my roomate used to do it for me haha and now it's my bf's responsibility. Seriously, things would just sit in the box if it was up to me! (this has happened)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow looks great. From initially looking at the items you would like to think it'll be a quick and easy assembly, sorry to hear it was anything but. I am so thankful to have my boyfriend when I go to Ikea. He does all of this for me and has a toolbox in his car trunk always. Things like this stress me out to the max, especially when it goes oh so wrong.
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