I want to introduce you to what may well be my very favourite thing in my new house – my shelves from Tylko:
Well hello there!
Let’s start at the beginning though. How exactly did I create this masterpiece of shelving?? Easy peasy actually. I’ll show you.
First up, you have to go to the Tylko website, then click under the ‘shelves’ menu to find the kind of shelving you need. They have split it into categories to help get you started, like bookshelves and sideboards, but essentially they all do the same thing as everything is totally customisable.
Pop in the dimensions of your space, then play around to get the design you want:
As you can see, you can change pretty much everything – the design, the colour, individual shelf height – you can even choose to add doors to some of your shelves if you want to. The ‘density’ scale is fun. Slide it up and down and it changes the spacing of your shelves so you can design something totally personal to you.
They even have an augmented reality app, to help you see the shelves in situ, which is pretty clever.
Once you’re happy, checkout your shelves and expect them made to order within 6-9 weeks. Be warned, if you have decent sized shelves like mine, the boxes WILL be heavy. I nearly killed Fiancé getting him to transport them from the old house to the new one.
Timings wise it worked out really well, as I was able to go in and put them together at the new place while it was still empty. You put the shelves together face down on their front, ready to tip back against the wall, so you do need to consider this when you’re designing them to make sure you have enough floor space to assemble them.
The construction is very cool.
Rather than having to unpack packets of screws and spend hours toiling over your flat pack, Tylko shelves come with built in colour-coded connectors that just slot together. I say ‘just slot’ – I did need a hammer to encourage some of them into place, but even so, compared to other furniture I’ve put together over the years, these were an absolute breeze. Once I’d unpacked everything, it took me 45 minutes from start to finish. Not even kidding.
They were heavy to tip up into place, but Bee and I managed it between us. Here they are, alone in the room, ready for decorating:
Then you get the REALLY cool bit, where you get to fill your new Tylko shelves with all of your favourite things.
For me this includes my collection of vintage James Bond books and teen detective novels and jugs in the shape of chickens where the milk comes out of their mouths. (So it looks like the chicken is throwing up milk into your coffee.)
I also have two wooden penguins with name tags around their necks. You wouldn’t think that Belle and Josephine would be the most common names in the world but I kid ye not, we went into a National Trust shop at Dunster Castle about six years ago and these penguins were SAT NEXT TO EACH OTHER.
If that’s not a sign then I don’t know what is.
Of course I’d have been a fool to miss the opportunity to arrange some books into rainbow colours too. I did this once with my entire book collection, at a time when numbers were at their peak, and it was very satisfying, although slightly annoying that a lot of books come in black or white.
The lovely thing with these shelves though is that I get to just pick out a few favourites to display, so I only have to include the nice colours.
So that’s my shelves.
I absolutely LOVE them and look forward to spending many a happy Sunday afternoon reorganising them and rearranging things.
Spend over £450 at Tylko.com during July and get £60 off with the code slummysinglemummy.
We were sent these shelves from Tylko for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.