Product: Worlds Apart Girls Patchwork Sling Bookcase
Price: £26.99 RRP – currently £21.97 on Bambino Direct
Age Range: 18 months+
Manufacturer’s Description: This Sling Bookcase will encourage your child to keep all their books tidy. With its strong MDF frame and the four fabric slings in the bookcase, it neatly stores books of all different shapes and sizes. With its high quality printed graphics, it would look perfect in all children’s bedroom or playroom.
We were sent this bookcase from Bambino Direct, an online baby store selling anything and everything you need for your kids at great prices. Bambino Direct sell a variety of baby furniture including cots, as well as car seats, travel items such as travel cots and baby carriers, and almost everything else a baby needs!
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: This sling bookcase, from the same World’s Apart range as Georgie’s new table & stool set, was a perfect item for us to review. Georgie is an avid reader and has definitely inherited her mother’s love of books! Frankly, we were starting to run out of places to keep her books, so a new bookcase is a welcome addition to our furniture collection!
The sling bookcase comes flat packed, but don’t let that put you off! The instructions informed me that it would take one person half an hour to put together, and I’m sure that I did it in less time than that. All you need to put this together are two screwdrivers; one cross head & one flat.
Inside the box you get: 1 left panel, 1 right panel, 1 support fixing (the horizontal piece of wood at the bottom), 5 sling batons (bars), the book sling, and all the fixings you need to put it together. The instructions are clear & easy to follow, and the bookcase was fairly easy to put together.
The trickiest part of the construction was screwing the batons into place; you have to thread the sling fabric onto the bars and then slot them into indents on the insides of the side panels. The top & bottom bars are then screwed into place, with the rest held in by the structure of the bookcase.
It would have been easier to get the screws in, with all five bars in their slots, had someone else been holding the two sides in place for me. On my own, I had to try and screw the bars in whilst trying to stop any of the bars falling down. Of course, the addition of an enthusiastic & impatient toddler tugging on the bright pink fabric probably didn’t help matters much! As it was, I did manage to do this on my own, and it wasn’t so hard that you would definitely need a second person to lend a hand.
The sling bookcase itself is very attractive, with sweet pastel pinks and greens. The design and patterns are quite girly girlish, without being too much for my tastes. Georgie loves the butterflies and the flowers!
It is a lovely size for Georgie, and puts her books right at eye level which is great; since most of the “big and flat” style children’s books are hard to recognise from their thin spines, Georgie didn’t pay much attention to them before, as it was hard for her to pick out what she wanted. Now she can see exactly which books are in there and choose what she wants to read. She is definitely reading more of these books since getting the sling bookcase.
Georgie finds it easy enough to put books away into the sling bookcase too, which is great when “helping” mummy to tidy up! The bookcase is small enough to fit behind our living room door in a bit of otherwise unused wall space, but still big enough to hold a surprisingly high amount of books.
The mdf panels are easy to wipe clean and the bookcase seems to be holding up well against the onslaught that is a two year old toddler. I think this is going to last us for a good few years, as it feels sturdy and looks quite sweet in the living room, along with the matching table and stools. Our living room has to double up as the main “play room” in our house, as the girls’ bedroom is so small, so it’s great to have attractive furniture in there for them and minimise the impact.
We give this sling bookcase 5 stars – an attractive, space saving & sturdy way to store your books and encourage your child to read more!