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Parents will know what I mean when I say that when you have children you suddenly need loads and loads of storage options! A product that I have bought a few of since my son was born in 2005 is the ikea apa storage box and this is my review of the product.
The ikea apa storage box is in my opinion quite a good option to have as a toy box for a child's bedroom when they are smaller and it was wandering around ikea that we actually spotted these in store and decided to buy a couple. We had one downstairs in the lounge and one in our son's room and so they are quite good for any room really.
The box does come flat pack and there is some assembly to be done when you are home but it is really basic and just screwing the pieces together really. I remember it being me who made the boxes as opposed to my husband doing it and it probably only took me around twenty minutes or so and I am not a fan of flat pack at all!
Once assembled the box is quite basic looking but with that it means it is unoffensive and will probably fit in most kinds of decor I suppose. The wood is untreated and so pale whilst the panels of the box are made from a white coloured fibre wood which doesn't feel too sturdy but is actually surprisingly tough. What is great with the box is that it can be cleaned with soapy water if it gets marked and we did find the white fibreboard in particular seemed to be quite easily scuffed or marked just with general play. The box features a lift on and off lid with no hinges which is ideal I think for smaller children as there is less chance of them trapping their fingers in my opinion. The lid isn't too heavy either so my son had no issues lifting it off even when he was smaller.
The box is a reasonable size at 70cm long, 36cm deep and 29cm wide and my only slight issue was that I wished it was a bit wider and deeper to be honest but the box still held plenty of toys with it being quite a long one. It was nice that it slotted against a wall too without coming out too far and being intrusive.
The ikea apa box costs just £11 in ikea stores but you can also buy them online as well. These boxes lasted us well. In fact my son still has one in his bedroom at his Dad's house for his smaller toys and so there are no issues with quality. It is a well made, solid storage box providing you put it together well and one that I would certainly recommend.
Thank you for reading my review!
£11. Doesn't get you much these days, but that's all this neat storage box will cost you from our Swedish friends at Ikea.
With an ever growing collection of toys, we invested in a couple of these for our sons room, though one was quickly relocated to the living room so we could see what he was getting up to!!
The one in his bedroom was soon drawn all over in felt tip pens, but the white sides are easy to clean and with a bit of elbow grease it came up a treat.
The boxes are a good size and have solid enough bottoms to take a fair amount of weight and still be carried about. We have great fun trying to fit all our cars and diggers into the box from all over the living room floor when we see grandma's car pull up outside, and it's such a great storage box that even a 3 year old boy loves to put toys away!!!!
The boxes, as you would expect from Ikea, come flat packed. They are very straight forward and easy to assemble and everything you need is supplied. The lid slots on the top snugly so it can't slide about and needs to be lifted off, which is much safer with little hands about!!
In my opinion if you're in need of space to hide away things like toys, these boxes are perfect. They also stack on top of each other to save yet more space, and would be ideal for bed linen and such like as well.
My daughter seems to have so many toys and despite having a large storage unit in her bedroom, there was a very untidy selection appearing in the dining room. I decided to invest in another storage box so I went to Ikea to see what they had got.
As with the majority of Ikea products, this comes flat packed, the instructions were very basic yet easy to follow and assembly only took about 20 minutes. No additional tools were needed as the only tool I needed was a special shaped allen key which was included ( I say I, but any assembly work in our house always get delegated to the other half!)
The box is very simple in design, has pine trimmings and painted white fibreboard panels. The lid comes completely off so I didn't have to worry about it falling down or Lauren trapping her finders in any of the hinges.
The assembled dimensions are: W 70 x D 39 x H 29 cm which isn't the biggest on the market, yet big enough for me to keep loads of toys in.
The box cost £10.99 and is available in most stores, you can check the stock at your local store if you visit Ikea's website (although you cannot reserve).
I really like this product, despite its price, it does feel very well made, and the fibreboard panels aren't too flimsy (which I sometimes find with fibreboard) and don't look or feel like the slightest know will make a hole or cause the boards to crack.
The simple colour scheme and design means it blends in nicely into my house, it is currently in my dining room yet I feel I could put this in most rooms.
One of the biggest selling points for me was that the lid comes completely off, when Lauren was younger, we had a similar product and removed the hinges as I was always scared of her trapping her fingers or the lid falling down on top of her.
Within a few weeks of use, the box started to get a few marks on (dirty finger prints, crayons etc), the fibreboard has a laminated white paint on which means it was really easy to wipe clean with a bit of Flash or a baby wipe.
I would recommend this product and another 5 out of 5 stars for Ikea!
Thanks for reading.