Design on a Budget: Vipp vs IKEA


Although buying the original product is usually better, buying a cheaper interpretation of the same idea might sometimes be a more reasonable option :) Today I'm offering you 2 choices if you're looking for simple minimalistic shelving: the popular shelves by VIPP (small version: €149, large version: €249) versus the budgetfriendly new Botkyrka shelves by IKEA. I think these two systems might even be too similar ;) Even the publicity pictures are look-a-likes! 

So lets check out the most obvious differences. The more expensive version has a rubber mat so your items are more steady, and the wall attachment is a little different -- the VIPP version has visible but decorative screws, while the IKEA wall mounting is seemingly invisible, meaning that there's a larger space between the wall and the shelves. Which one do you prefer? 

Big Budget: VIPP 

Tiny Budget: IKEA
Photos by Vipp and IKEA.


  1. Anonymous09:03

    Great post. What's the name of the Ikea shelf? I can't seem to find it on their website / Hen

  2. Claudia09:54

    Great post indeed. And, I'm also curious to find out the name of the IKEA shelf. Thanks :-)

  3. Hello Anonymous and Claudia, they're the Botkyrka shelves (like it says in the post :) but because they're limited edition and new they don't have a special page on, just like the BrĂ¥kig items. You guys will have to go to an actual store to check them out :) I agree it's quite annoying, as I would like to know the size beforehand!

  4. Size is 80 cm x 20 cm. They will be released some time in February. See Ikea Swedish blogsite

    1. Thank you Nini, that's actually great advice. The whole site is in Swedish but with Google Translate I discovered that it will be 299 SEK / €33,85


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