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Hey! This is my first time posting an article, but I just thought I'd ask you folks your opinion? Basically, I've been collecting for about five or six years and my Detolf is stuffed. I'd love to just get a second Detolf and call it a day, but unfortunately, it's more complicated than that.

Here's my current setup:
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I think I can squeeze the Detolf somewhere else (though I'll probably just sell it tbh), but I know the bulk of my collection can't fit anywhere else in the apartment. So, the issue is that pesky lamp. Do I pick something that's skinny enough to fit between the light switch and the lamp? Or short enough to fit underneath the lamp? Unfortunately they don't make too many cabinets that fit either of those specifications (while also giving me enough additional space to make getting a new cabinet worth it), so after picking through all those we're down to two options.

(Before those, however, here's the measurements for the area:
- Edge of light switch to edge of light fixture: 32"
- Floor to bottom of light fixture: 63"
- Also, to have it handy, the Detolf is 64" tall and 17" wide, with about 972 square in. of shelf space)

The first option is the IKEA Milsbo.
- Is 28.75" wide, leaving about an inch and a half on either side of it
- Has about 1898 square in. of shelf space
- Seems to have better figure light/visibility? I think?

The second option is the IKEA Malsjo.
- Is 55.5 inches tall and can fit comfortably under the light fixture
- Has about 2211 square in. of shelf space
- Nicer looking piece of furniture
- Am I imagining that there's less visibility? Or at least less light? Is the back paneling throwing me off? How much light do you actually get from having clear shelving anyway???
- If it does end up being too dark then there are lots of DIY lighting tutorials online, but I'm an MA student and applying for PhD programs and I can see this as being a project that I never actually get to.

To help with the visibility question, here's a guy on Sideshow with the same cabinet. He took pictures of them as is, and then posted more pictures of them with lighting installed (on the second page). (They look awesome, so honestly it's worth a look either way.) To be fair, I think the lighting in my place is definitely better than in his.

I'm really leaning towards the Malsjo, but I'm still torn. I'd love to get some input! (Also, I'm definitely going to post a collection overview once I get them rehomed in the new cabinet; I've also got a bit of a haul coming in next month, so maybe I'll make two posts???)

EDIT: Just to clarify, the room ends on the other side of the door and I've got my dining table along that wall. If I put a cabinet (or anything else for that matter) in front of the light switch, I'd basically be leaving myself about two feet of space to enter the room. I've actually put the Detolf there just to test it, and I can promise you that someone's face would get demolished on it. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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All depending on how much you like huge wasted spaces when you enter a room... You could scooch your first detolf super close to the TV. then add 2 more to the left making sure you leave 3 inch of space to the back wall to reach the light switch. 3 detolf would look much better then alternatives offered.

= )

Il y a 3 mois
Swap the TV stand and the detolf. Figures are more important, and you'll still likely be able to see the tv just fine.
Il y a 3 mois
I think either would work. Kinda depends on the rest of your furniture or longer term furniture plans too.
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OceanRoost (Il y a 3 mois) #45755337Hmm, If I were you, I'd move the Detolf over until it was hitting the switch to give you more room to work with. You might even be able to fit another one in that space!

Yeah, I played around with that a bit. I honestly think it'd be so close to the doorway at that point that I'm pretty sure if I had company over, there's a 99% chance of someone going face first into it. Heck, I'm pretty sure I'd smash into it at some point.
Il y a 3 mois
I personally will go for IKEA Milsbo between this two. Malsjo still seems abit too dark for me with the lighting
Il y a 3 mois
Let me suggest another Ikea product.

Get the Ikea Billy full size cabinet. It's huge and the rows are fully adjustable.
Then buy two Morliden glass doors. One full size cabinet is much larger than both of those and is around $165 total. The only downside is the glass is only on the front and not 360 as it's a bookshelf. The Morliden glass doors have a very thin metal border compared to other Ikea displays.

I have a picture of them on my profile.
Il y a 3 mois
Hmm, If I were you, I'd move the Detolf over until it was hitting the switch to give you more room to work with. You might even be able to fit another one in that space!
Il y a 3 mois
Hmmm. Are you worried if the light switch is behind a cabinet? Like one idea is getting a second detolf and putting them next to each other and having the first one tech over the switch but pulled away (forward) from it enough so you can slide your hand comfortably behind to turn on the light (if you use it a lot or not)? I’ve done this near my pc, as I wanted a lamp but it slightly goes over the switch for the overhead lights so I just popped it in front anyway and cause it’s a black long circle one you can’t really tell. We don’t use the overheads much so it’s not knocked or anything either.

Second idea, I like the first cabinet you linked. I’ve had glass cabinets and shelving ones like the second one and I prefer the first style way more. More light comes in and if you ever do lighting it’s much nicer. The glass reflects the light around inside so it helps lower figures etc :) Nice to sit and watch anime by too haha! It comes in black too which could match your tv unit there aswell so it doesn’t look too outta place. White is nice too but I’m not sure how the rest of your place is done, if it would match better. Like another said, adjustable shelves woo! Always helpful :)

Only other idea is removing the lamp and switch but that requires a sparky (electrician) and someone who can properly plaster and repaint it the same colour. Specially if you don’t own the place, that could be more problematic than the original idea xD

I hope that helps a bit :)
Il y a 3 mois
Shikaree (Il y a 3 mois) #45754432I would probably just uninstall that lamp, patch and plaster the hole.
(if you can, that is)

Yeahhhhhh, I don't think I'd get my deposit back if I did that. I'd totally do it if I could though.
Il y a 3 mois
You're not wrong about there being less light on the Malsjo. Not only do the glass shelves on the Milsbo let light travel between shelves, but the glass back panel on the Milsbo lets light in there as well. In my experience, having owned both displays that do and do not have glass shelves, the shelves can let a lot of light through unless you're going to be packing the shelves full anyway.

Another thing to keep in mind between the two is that the Milsbo has adjustable shelves, while the Malsjo does not. If you have, or are planning to get, figures that are taller than the usual 1/7 scale, that could be a factor in your decision.

But also keep in mind how it's going to look along side everything else you already own. You may, or may not, want your display to really stick out amongst the rest of your stuff.
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