IKEA decision to stop production of Expedit bookshelves sends consumers into a tizzy

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IKEA's decision to discontinue their highly popular Expedit line of bookshelves has been causing a virtual outrage among vinyl record collectorswho have taken to Facebook and Twitter to protest the demise of the iconic and versatile shelving line.

The square build bookshelf has been the storage units of choice for over a generation of record collectors and more than 22,000 people have joined the Facebook page devoted to “Rettet das Ikea Expedit Regal” (Save the IKEA Expedit bookshelf) launched in January and a similar American version of the page was also launched, after the Swedish furnishing giant announced its plans to axe the range from its current line-up.

However record collectors apparently need not despair as Ikea will be removing Expedit, but will be immediately replacing it with a new and very similar shelving line dubbed Kallax.

IKEA’s Janice Simonsen assured consumers through the Huffington Post, that Kallax units which will have the “same internal dimensions “and will use “the same internal fittings” and the same function and flexibility of the previous bookshelf, while only the external dimensions will change.

The sides will be thinner and the edges rounded to make it more child-friendly, and the line will also have a brand new range of colors so in short, it seems to be just a small design makeover.

However, if the external dimensions have been changed, it looks like the Kallax shelving units will not entirely match the Expedit storage units that you already own, as the units will be smaller and thinner.

Apparently behind IKEA’s decision to phase out Expedit is to save on material costs and make their company more sustainable as they use almost one percent of the world’s commercial wood supply to make their products.

IKEA will sell all Expedit shelves until they're all gone, so it might be a good idea to stock up because Kallax will be hitting stores on April 1st.

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