Kallax is available in many different shapes and sizes. It can be placed vertically or horizontally, stacked, set side by side, and their square shelves can be personalized with inserts, doors, boxes, baskets and various accessories, making it very adaptable. But mostly it suits board games especially well, the standard square boxes or the coffin box, and will hold the tiny card game as well as the gigantic Kickstarter edition. And without the all-too-common problems of sagging, bulging, sliding, or dishing.
Just like games, shelving units have their killers. The Expedit (“shop keeper“) was the shelving solution of choice for vinyl records collectors. It looked as if designed especially to hold those good old LPs — as well as board games. So unsurprisingly many people protested when its retirement — and replacement by the Kallax —, was announced in 2014. Both units have exactly the same dimensions. The main differences are slightly thinner outer boards and rounded corners. To save wood. And money.
Kallax is now the preferred storage solution for gamers, collectors or board game cafes. It is featured in more and more shelfies around the Web, and its name becomes ubiquitous in the common gaming vernacular.
References and Further Browsing
- The IKEA Language
- Board Game Shelves with Scott
- Gaming Rules! vs Kallax Shelves
- Kallax vs Expedit, on Boardgamegeek
- Where to get the best shelves to store Board Games?, on Boardgamegeek
- Board Game Shelves, on Reddit
- IKEA Kallax Series?, on Boardgamegeek
- The Kallax Series, on Ikea.com
- Here’s Why Ikea Is Discontinuing Everyone’s Favorite Shelf