Office Shelf Off: Which One?

Warning: We interrupt this feed of normally pretty styled images for a reality check.


Don't judge me.  I used to be organized.

My office is an a sad state! I designed it before I had kids and when I had an entire empty closet to keep all my clutter.  Fast forward to today - two small humans are born and they required I give up my closet.  As a result, my office has become the dumping ground.  Can anyone relate?

It's time for a room redo here but I've been putting it off  - mostly because of lack of time.  But I spend a good bit of my week in here and it's now driving me crazyyyyy!  As you can tell, I need a lot more storage.  (or maybe a marie kondo intervention?)

So I'm thinking my old Swedish friend Ikea will help me out here but I'm torn.  I'm liking all three of the these options but they are totally different and I can't decide. Which one are you feeling? Anyone have one of these units and want to opine?

In this corner is the good ol' Fjallkinge which you may have seen in such blogs as Studio MeGee, Young House Love and Lark & Linen.  Pretty fly for white guy.



Followed by the relative unknown Veberod.  I like it's rustic farmhousy vibe and how smaller units could mean I could be more flexible with them in future but I'm worried it might be too busy in the small space.



They are pretty different styles and I'd probably go a different direction with paint and accessories depending upon the pick.

What say you wise people of the interwebs? White clean lines or rustic metal + wood?



28 comments:

  1. I definetly vote for the metal + wood, more flexible (as in you could paint the wood etc).

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    1. Good point! I would definitely want to paint the shelves so I was sort of seeing that as a negative but I supposed the whole thing could be more easily be changed with paint down the road.

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  2. I'm loving the metal and wood too. For me, I like things I could use in multiple places best and I feel like they are a bit more flexible.

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    1. Yes, definitely a lot more flexible in smaller increments. I'm a little worried the smaller scale might make it all a bit too busy but I suppose if its styled right, that won't be a problem.

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  3. I love the wood and metal. Great flexibility and oozes character.

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    1. Another vote for the VEREROD! I would not have guessed it would have been the easy favorite. Shows what I know!

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  4. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Definitely the rustic metal + wood gets my vote!
    ~ Janice

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    1. Thanks Janice! This should be an easy choice based on the votes.

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  5. I think Verbod goes well with your aesthetic. And affordable to boot!

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    1. The verbrod is actually a lot more expensive because I need more of them but I guess I can get over that part. It is Ikea right?

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  6. I'm loving the dark metal and wood. Especially against that dark wall. I'm sure you could paint/style it in a way that it would belong to your aesthetic. You are just good like that!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! The Vebrod is the surprising favorite!

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  7. I also vote for the wood and metal of the Verberod. The other option is really nothing special and little juvenile looking to my eye .

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    1. Totally see what you mean when you say juvenile. I think it can be done up so it doesn't looks quite so nursery but I totally understand what you mean.

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  8. I could see you customizing the whole metal-pipe-and-wood-shelves thing. Glam it up and make it a little Steampunk. (I can picture some leather baskets in there) And surely it'd be less expensive than either of these two?

    But between these two, yea, I am making it unanimous for the wooden one!

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    1. I've done pipe shelves before and while I love them I think they are a little TOO rustic for this room. More importantly, they aren't as cheap as you would imagine when you factor in the cost of all the fittings not to mention cleaning the grease off them! Ikea is a lot cheaper.

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  9. Another vote for metal and wood!

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  10. I like the metal and wood the best, too! Can't wait to see a reveal on this room!

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  11. Am I the only one who wants to tell Marie Kondo to "mind your own business!" hahaha Wait , I really meant that.

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    1. I was all into the book until I got to the part where she said I had to empty my purse everyday. Then I threw the book away. Ha!

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    2. I read it and when I told my husband I was getting rid of everything that didn't bring me joy he started to look very worried!!

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  12. PS I love my Fjallkinge - so easy and cheap --- it's a bit of a neater look. Everyone comments on them. I have them in m family room for kids games & puzzles (in baskets) table linen (in drawers) and books, flowers and cake stands etc on the shelves.

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  13. Have you considered using Sektion--the kitchen cabinets? if the intention is to have flexible storage, Sektion is your best bet--we used them in our mudroom. If you want open-side shelving for lots of styled display, something like these will be better. Veddinge is a painted, relatively inexpensive door option you could paint if you don't want white.

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  14. I prefer the metal and wood. I'm sure you would do this but because I feel compelled to mention...(old grandmother voice here) please anchor the unit to the wall. Too many horror stories about furniture being pulled over by the little ones. Vikki in VA

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  15. In addition to just plain liking the wood and metal better, couldn't help noticing lots of little pieces and "things" in your current office. The multiple drawers will give you far more options with a cohesive look when you are done. The other shelves will require the additional purchase (another decision) of small containers to hold those items. More styling, less organizing. This is an automatic clean look for the chutskys, and, open space for bigger items and your artistic flair. Win, win.

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  16. I liked the wood and metal look and vibe better.... until i looked at it on Ikea's website. I didn't love the look as much in the unstyled photo! I think I'd have to see it in person to decide if the wood tone was as jarring as the one photo makes it seem. The website also doesn't seem to indicate that the shelves on Verberod are adjustable, which would be a dealbreaker for me based on that one tall top shelf - looks great for display but not as useful for storage, unless you have a lot of 2 ft tall things you want to store. :-/

    Regardless of what you choose, I know you will make them look fantastic!

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  17. Is the metal-wood shelve is adjustable? It really looks pretty.

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  18. I def agree that the metal/wood shelve is the winner, but only if you are going to keep the color in this room somewhat neutral/light/airy. If you plan on going blood with the color, go with the white. I feel like the overall style of your home BEGS for these metal/wood shelves and although a bit on the masculine side, I still think you can make the room incredibly feminine.

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