Say It Isn't So! Ikea Confirms the Expedit Must Go

Don’t freak out, vinyl purists, but your go-to storage solution for records will soon be a thing of the past. Indeed, Ikea has announced that it is discontinuing its line of Expedit shelves —and you can expect that change to affect the whole world’s inventory, Ikea U.S. sales leader Tim Allison tells us.

Record collectors know that this is a major tragedy — OK, maybe just a really huge bummer — as the Expedit units fit the dimensions of vinyl perfectly.  And it’s sad news for the rest of us as well: Expedit shelves work great for tons of other kinds of tidy storage — and a million other things too.

There’s even a Germany-based Facebook group called "Rettet das Ikea Expedit Regal,” or “Save the Ikea Expedit Bookshelf” in English, that has an engaged following of more than 11,000 devoted fans in the hopes of keeping the dream alive. (Too late.)

Sobbing into your Swedish meatballs yet? Buck up: Ikea is promoting a replacement Kallax line. “Ikea improved the design of the Expedit, based on customer input,” Allison tells us. "The new design is more durable and, with features like rounded corners, more child friendly. And all existing internal fittings will still fit.”

He adds, “We are always touched when our customers express passion and excitement for our products. While it’s hard to say goodbye, we think they won't miss [Expedit] once they see Kallax."

Hmm. So maybe the new Kallax line will satisfy all of our storage and decor needs. Or if we’re the sentimental, change-resistant types (as record collectors tend to be, let’s be honest) — maybe not.


Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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