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I've been with my husband for almost five years, and when we first met he already owned his own house. When we bought our first house together, we had to decide which items of furniture came with us, and these Ikea cabinets (which he had two of), made the move with us. He owned them for a couple of years before we met, which means they are now at least seven years old, and they have survived being dismantled, a few months in storage in between houses, and then being moved to their new home and reassembled. I think that gives some indication of how sturdy these units are!
The cabinets currently cost £40 each from Ikea, and measure 163cm (H), 43cm (W) and 37cm (D). They have a wooden base and top, and the rest is made of glass. The wooden finishes available are beech effect, or black-brown. Ours are the beech effect. As with all Ikea furniture, they come flat packed, and the weight when packaged is 42.3kg, so its worth bearing this in mind before making the trip to collect them.
I can't comment on the assembly of these units, because they were already in place when I met my husband, and he was responsible for dismantling and reassembling them when we moved. I seem to remember this didn't cause him too many problems, however, which is something I always judge by how much swearing I hear coming from the room.
The units have three glass shelves, which are designed to display items so they are on full view. We use one of ours to house some glassware which I think has come from various grandparents on my husband's side, and the other.....wait for it.....it houses a few hundred model motorbikes. Yes, he is a grown man, but after spending his youth collecting various models of motorbikes he can't bear to part with them. Admittedly, my first reaction when I discovered he was keeping these items was "well you can dust them", because obviously dusting inside the cabinet with so many little fiddly items inside is a bit of a headache. I'm happy to say that not only do the shelves not get too dusty due to the cabinet being enclosed, but also my husband has indeed taken on the cleaning of it, having put the cabinet in his office.
The cabinet has a circle cut out of the top which is designed to feed lighting through. We've only done this with one of our cabinets because we didn't want to overload the sockets in the room. It does look really nice with the light on, although admittedly it doesn't get turned on much these days since moving from the dining room in his old house, to his office where only he goes. I think he finds it quite relaxing to turn the light on in the cabinet when he's up there working.
As mentioned, the cabinet has survived a house move and storage, and is very sturdy. The shelves feel solid, and although the motorbike collection is quite light in weight, the glassware is obviously heavier. I still feel confident that the shelves can take the weight. The cabinet opens by a front-opening door, which snaps into place with a magnetic clasp once closed. I get very nervous opening the door in case I pull the entire unit over (being notoriously clumsy!), but in actual fact you just need to hold the top of the unit and this avoids any wobbling. I would highly recommend if you have any small children running round the house, it would be worth fixing this unit to the wall to avoid any nasty accidents and/or breakages.
I would definitely recommend these units, as they are a lovely way to display your treasured glassware and collectibles. Ours have proved to be sturdy and long lasting, and they're actually not as time consuming to clean as you might think. My only word of caution would be about fixing them to the wall if you have young children, but other than that they are a lovely item of furniture.
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