Quick, easy and beautiful twin slot shelving.

This is one of those blogs I’ve been meaning to write for weeks and weeks, but when I’ve thought about taking photos it hasn’t been the right time of the day, or the girls bedrooms have been a total no go pig sty  (yes, believe it or not we are also human in this house, all those lovely tidy snapshots aren’t representative of every day life)…

So anyway, I’ve decided to make do with the pictures I have as I’d like to share with you what we’ve been up to.

I remember white twin slot shelving from school, both my parents were teachers at my Primary, I spent many hours at the start and end of the day examining the contents of their classrooms, searching for exciting coloured pens, confiscated items that I would temporarily adopt! I remember the shelves well for some strange reason.

You see it every day and may not even notice, it’s the go to simple solution for shop fitting, they use a giant version of it in diy stores…but in it’s raw form it can be a little uninspiring.

I wouldn’t have thought about using it in our home, until I stumbled upon an image on Pinterest, which very annoyingly I can’t find now!

But then I started to research the idea more fully, check out this beautiful nod to Mid Century shelving by Dabito

Thanks to a few people on the fab Housfolk Facebook page and their inspiring shelving hacks I thought I’d go for it. It was the perfect budget option for both the girls bedrooms, a way to future proof the styling, practical, adaptable and multifunctionable.

I ordered the components from Ironmongery Direct, they went above and beyond to help me when I accidentally ordered mismatched bits, don’t order after midnight, post Prosecco consumption and double check you order the same brand wall bracket and shelf brackets The fact both girls have the shelves in their rooms was more to do with using up the 2 sets of everything I ended up with, that a plan I had in mind, but it worked out well in the end!

You can buy from places like B&Q, but it’s all much more expensive, so it’s worth having a look around online.

I sprayed the brackets using Montana Gold Gold Metallic Spray paint 

You may have noticed I have used this brand for many previous makes, it’s great quality and I would definitely recommend. They have a brilliant colour selection. 

Be careful when using the metallic spray paints, even if you’re used to using standard colours, it handles differently and is very prone to running. On the first coat I had several gloopy areas, but by the time they were finished they looked great. I bunched the components as closely together as I could, which meant the ‘wasted paint’ that becomes airborne then lands on other pieces close by.

I did all on this on a very chilly Sunday morning, slipping around in the mud bath that is our ‘garden’ at the moment.

We had some large pieces of 24mm thick birch-faced (or as autocorrect would like to call it, bitch-faced) ply left over from various other creations, so continuing my ply love affair I knew I wanted this as the shelves, quick, simple and as ever I just love how it looks.

For Eula’s room, which is tiny, I needed the shelves to function for book and toy storage, I want to keep as much off the floor as possible, to avoid it feeling cluttered and stressful.

She has a beautiful ply bed that my clever husband made (stay tuned for more on this soon) and a beautiful vintage gentleman’s wardrobe and these shelves. That’s about it really, a small amount of floor space to play and despite being the smallest room in the house it’s one of my favourites.
Nancy’s room feels more grownup (again more on this soon). I wanted her to have a space that would last through the coming years. At the moment she’s 5 and has little need for a desk, aside from it being a place for her to pile her 5 changes of clothes a day, yep, we’re in that phase! But as she gets older I hope she won’t outgrow the space, with room for a more grownup book collection on the shelves above, a place to enthusiastically get on with homework (wishful thinking!)

I’m totally in love with this moody ‘Diana’ print, by Ashley Goldburg. Bought from Catching Doodles, she reminds me a lot of Nancy!

I imagine in the future I may turn the bottom shelf in Eula’s room into a little desk, that’s the beauty of this system, it’s easy to adapt and add to and if I completely change my mind (it has been know to happen!!) then they are very easily removed.

So there, a little overdue Friday share. What do you think, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Maybe you have something similar in your home?

You can join in the chat here, if you’d like to comment below, or over on Instagram and Facebook.

Don’t forget to pin this post to come back to again.

Have a wonderful weekend xx

36 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a gorgeous take on a typically more functional than glamorous item, I love the combination of the gold with the ply (and I hope you remember the auto correct when your girls hit puberty and it makes you chuckle!) I would MUCH rather have these than the nasty ikea bookcase thats bolted to the wall in our youngest nursery so may have to convince hubby to rip it off 😉
    Now if I could just convince you to come and sort out our mess of a house……

    1. Hahaha, thank you Rachael xx

  2. Tanya says:

    Where do you get the thick birch facade ply from? We are on a very low budget! I got the twin slots and spray painted them but have no money to buy ‘real’ shelves?

    1. I got it from Jewsons Builder’s Merchants. It isn’t super cheap and you’d have to buy a large sheet (unless they have offcuts, it’s worth an ask) they can cut to size for you though, it’s about £1 a cut. You can get other ply that’s cheaper, but perhaps not as lovely..

  3. I love your Instagram and blog. I live in a similar sized house, smaller than yours, and I’m getting so many fabulous ideas. The shelving is so cool. Now I have to convince my hubby we need one. I was looking for birch plywood everywhere thank you for posting this. I can’t wait to see your post of her bed, it’s simple yet stylish which is what I love about it.

    1. Thank you very much. I STILL haven’t got around to writing that blog, I really must but as I push forward with other projects that one slips further down the list!

  4. Tamsyn says:

    Fab shelves!! I would love these in my boys rooms. I am worried that the plasterboard walls won’t hold the weight. Are your walls plasterboard or solid?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Tamsyn, in Eula’s room they’re plasterboard. You can get special expanding screws to give more support.

  5. Amy Beeton says:

    HI Alice, I recognise you from online babywearing groups! How nice to stumble across your blog! Your home looks beautiful. I was wondering if you used anything to seal the ply you used for the shelving? Amy x

    1. Hi Amy, blast from the past! Hope you’re well? Thank you for your kind words ♡ …we haven’t sealed the ply shelves, mainly through laziness! Usually I would use Osmo PolyX in clear matt though x

  6. Sarah Cook says:

    Hi Alice, I stumbled on this idea on Pinterest too but worried that it would look too industrial in the kids playroom but wow I’m sold, you’ve done a gorgeous job (as usual!)

    1. Thank you so much and good luck with your project xx

  7. sawreysriver says:

    Is the bracket of your bottom shelf / desk bit longer to support the desk?

    1. Hello, yes that one is longer x

  8. Wendy says:

    Hi love these shelves, especially the idea of spray painting for more of a luxe look. Just wondering roughly how many cans of spray paint you used, if you can remember?!

    1. Hi Wendy, glad you like the idea. I only used about 1 can, perhaps a little less… from memory x

    2. Hello, ummm… no more than 2 I’m sure. It was a bit of a while ago, so I can’t be 100% x

  9. Nicole Repp says:

    When I showed my son to see if he wanted this in his room, he said he loved it and asked for the clock too. Any chance you can share where you got it?

    1. Hi Nicole, do you mean the clock on Nancy’s shelves? If so, her room has had a change around and that clock is no longer in use. I was going to put it in the shop, but would happily sell direct to you instead..

      1. Nicole Repp says:

        I’m sorry! I just saw this. The mid century looking clock on the shelf of the desk. Can you tell me how much you’d sell for? If it’s not already gone… and how much shipping would be to CA?

      2. Hello, that would be £15 + £12 postage x

  10. Nicole says:

    I’m in! Do you do PayPal?

    1. Yes, email me at alicecollyer@hotmail.co.uk and we’ll go from there x

  11. Nicole says:

    Hi! Just curious if you got my email?

  12. Nick says:

    Hi there, had been wanting to install the twinslot system for a while but never really was on board with the white shop-fitted style (looks cheap and tacky) until I googled hacks for it and your lovely site popped up! You have inspired me to get go all in with the gold spray paints which will compliment our predominantly dark-wooded victorian interior. I was wondering did you use brass/gold coloured screws to affix the uprights to the wall aswell?

    1. Hi Nick, thanks so much, I’m glad you found it helpful. I think we just used brass screws that we already had.
      Good luck with your project x

  13. Wendy says:

    Hi Alice – I had been meaning to comment again to say thank you so much for the advice – I managed to create the shelves either side of my chimney breast in my lounge based on your guide and lots of people have commented on them and loved the look. One can of paint worked great. I used zinc-plated yellow screws as they were cheaper than brass but blended in well with the paint you suggested. Thanks so much for your blog as a whole as well – you have a beautiful home and a great blog that I’ve enjoyed reading!

    1. Hello Wendy, I love hearing when people are inspired and take on their own projects, thank you for sharing and for the kind words x

  14. Bella says:

    These are great. I’m amazed that you can’t buy them already gold! How much coverage do you get with a can of paint please?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Bella, glad you like. The spray goes quite a long way x

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Alice I’m a complete novice at DIY but absolutely love your shelves and desk combo! Can you tell me the shelving system you used – was it Elfa? And if possible the dimensions of the shelves and desk in particular, and the bracket sizes! Thanks

    1. Hi Karen, I’m afraid this was quite some time ago now and the rooms have changed. It’s all very flexible in terms of sizing, so go for what suits you. There’s a link in the blog to the company I bought from, as long as the wall brackets and supports are the same brand, it should all be fine. Good luck.

  16. Karen says:

    Thanks so much for replying. X

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.