Take a close look at the side panels of these two shelves to find the difference.

Hmm, sometimes the Expedit wasn't so sturdy after all. This image comes from a Facebook page dedicated to saving the Expedit. So do all the following images.

The Expedit is prized by record collectors, since the cubbies are the perfect size for vinyl.

Luckily, the new Kallax will have the same size cubbies.

Luckily, the new Kallax will have the same size cubbies.

Luckily, the new Kallax will have the same size cubbies.

Luckily, the new Kallax will have the same size cubbies.

Luckily, the new Kallax will have the same size cubbies.

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Check Out The Crazy Facebook Page Dedicated To Saving Ikea's Expedit Shelves

Ikea's popular gridlike shelving unit is being discontinued, technically. People are furious.

Ikea's Expedit, the shelving unit made of cubes (available in anything from a single cube to a wall-covering grid of 25), is one of the company's most popular shelving options. It works well as a room divider, as an open-faced clothes dresser, as a bookshelf, and, especially, as a vinyl shelf. The individual cubes are the perfect size to hold records, making the Expedit a favorite of vinyl nerds worldwide. Another thing to know about vinyl nerds: they fear change. As you might expect.

Ikea is replacing the venerable Expedit with a system called Kallax, and people--including vinyl nerds--are freaking the hell out about it. They've even set up a a Facebook page dedicated to saving the Expedit; it has already garnered more than 20,000 likes and has some pretty crazy pictures of people's Expedit setups (which we've gathered above).

Here's a picture of the Kallax compared to the Expedit:

The difference? The sides of the Kallax are a single centimeter thinner than those of the Expedit. The change is being made because Ikea consumes an astounding 1 percent of the world's wood, and is trying to lessen its impact. This sounds like a small change, but reducing the amount of material even slightly can have a huge impact overall--just look at Aquafina's new, thinner plastic water bottles, which can reduce plastic use by as much as 50%. Thinning the sides of the Expedit, an extremely popular product, can reduce Ikea's overall consumption of wood.

The Kallax, promises Ikea, has the exact same dimensions and the same load weight as the Expedit, though vinyl addicts seem to doubt that this is possible. Some have even, half-jokingly, talked of hoarding the existing Expedits, which will be sold until the existing supply is gone.

One legit concern: since the sides of the shelving unit are no longer the same thickness as the top and bottom, the Kallax can't be rotated to your taste in the same way the Expedit can. That's not so important for the square layouts, but a benefit of the Expedit was that a 2x4 cube array could be either vertical or horizontal. Now, the Kallax's top and bottom must remain its top and bottom. But we'd argue that's a small price to pay for a reduced environmental impact.

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  • Si Lock

    If you look at every picture of a collapsed Expedit/Kallax you will notice that the load bearing long shelves are in the vertical position. That means the weight of about 50 albums is only being held up by 4 dowels in each cube... thats always going to fail. I have both Expedit and Kallax and I find that there is really no difference in weight capacity.

  • Hilary Thomson

    The ability to rotate the expedit is very valuable to those of us who are highly mobile and have to move every year or so. Additionally, I have friends who bought these shelves for their children's rooms with the idea of rotating them vertically as the kids got older, now ikea no longer sells a piece of furniture that will grow with the child. All in all, I prefer expedit, the new design looks similar to anything you can buy at Wal Mart.

  • Chrissy Chapman

    They also got rid of the 5 cube stack. They only have a 4 and it's the same price as the 5 was. That is a huge difference.