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I love shopping in Ikea and have bought quite a few items of furniture from there. I usually find that when I can't find the item I want in other shops I can pop to Ikea and find what I want there or at least something similar. I actually use this bedside table as a telephone table which just fits neatly in the lounge at the corner behind the door. I had been looking for an oak table but the only one I could find which was the right measurements was nearly £200 and I wasn't prepared to pay that much just for a telephone table.
I had not looked online before but I was passing Ikea on the way back from visiting a friend and popped into Ikea to have a look. As soon as I saw these table I knew it would be the right size even before I measured it but I did measure it just in case and it was perfect. It cost £40 which I was happy to pay as it was far cheaper than any others I had seen. Although items from Ikea are bought flat packed whatever they sell has been made up and displayed in the shop so you can see what the finished effect looks like. My husband put it together in less than half an hour as all the screws and bits and pieces were all present and correct!
These came in white, white stain, red, black brown and grey brown but I chose the white one as I thought this would look better than the other colours which I didn't think would match the oak furniture very well. It measures 46cm wide, 36cm deep and 70cm tall and is made of wood but it is a soft wood and is quite light to move. If you were using it as a bedside table there are numerous other items of matching furniture including a dressing table, wardrobes and chest of drawers.
There is enough room for me to keep the phone on the top of the table and also a small lamp. There is a small drawer at the top which has a metal doorknob and is easy to open and close and they have stops at the back so you can't pull the drawer right out. As there isn't much room in here I only keep a notepad and pens and some coasters in the drawer. I keep the telephone directories on the open shelf which is just over half way down the table and also an artificial plant which sort of drapes over the directories and disguises them.
I will dust the table when I do my housework and have occasionally given it a quick wipe over with a damp cloth. It is quite soft wood so I would imagine that if you dropped something hard onto the top it would mark it but mine is still in good condition and hasn't been marked. I think this is a very useful little table which could be used in most rooms in the house and for many different purposes. It is perfect for the purpose I bought it for and I recommend it and give it five stars.
Our bedroom is quite narrow so we don't have much space for bulky bedside tables. This from Ikea is ideal as it's not too wide so fits perfectly at the side of the bed and is a very good height too.
We had been looking all over for a nice looking but not too wide bedside table and when we saw this in Ikea it was hard to resist. It cost us £40 which is not a bad price to pay.
The table comes flat pack but it wasn't too heavy so it wasn't difficult for my husband to carry it from the warehouse section to the car and then once we got it home he didn't strugle with putting it together.
My first impressions were that it looked really nice, it's painted white wood but it has got a slight wood pattern showing through which I think adds character rather than it looking quite plastic-like. The little handle on the drawer is only small and I actually somehow have managed to bend my nail back a few times when opening the drawer so have now learnt to be more careful upon opening it so do be warned! This is metal.
The table itself is a nice surface to put items. It's not huge, around 40cm x 30cm but it is sufficient enough for my book, alarm clock and phone so ideal really for beside the bed. There is a section beneath it which helps to hold the structure together but this can also be used as a shelf.
I don't think it just needs to be used as a bed side table but also could be good for in your lounge or hallway too, it's up to you!
It does look lovely and I am very pleased with it. It seems to be very sturdy and of good quality, it does stand on carpet and it isn't at all wobbly despite the legs not being very thick so it shows it has a very good design behind it.
I'm pleased we bought this and think it's worth 5 stars.
I really like the Hemnes bedroom furniture range from Ikea. We've had a number of the pieces over the years in the many places that we've lived. We currently have two of the Hemnes bedside tables in the grey-brown colour. Although we're not actually using them as bedside tables at the moment. They were used as bedside tables when we originally bought them, at the moment they're being used as occasional tables in the hallway and on the landing.
The Hemnes bedside tables currently retail for £40 in Ikea, however I'm positive that we only paid around £20 or maybe £25 for ours. Maybe we bought them when they were on offer. The Hemnes bedroom furniture range comes in a wide range of colours; white, red, blue, grey-brown, and black-brown. So basically you can easily find a colour to match your other furniture and your decor. I also think that you can mix and match the Hemnes colours to a certain extent, for instance I think that the red and the grey-brown colours look really good together. You can get lots of other items in the Hemnes bedroom furniture range if you want matching bedroom furniture; wardrobes, mirrors, a linen cabinet, a dressing table, beds, various sizes of chests of drawers, and another style of bedside table.
Like all Ikea furniture these are self assembly, I seem to remember it only taking my husband around half an hour to assemble both of these. They are easy to keep clean, I just wipe them over with a damp cloth.
Each bedside table is quite tall, they are 46cm wide / 35cm deep / and 70cm high, and they have a small drawer at the top, and a shelf at the bottom. The drawer is only very small and only really suitable for small bits and pieces. When we used these as bedside tables I typically just kept my kindle, my phone, odd bits of jewelry, odd hair bobbles, hand cream and lip balm in the drawer. Now that we're using these as occasional tables I tend to keep passports, driving licenses, bills to pay etc in them. The drawers operate nice and smoothly with no catching or locking, they even have drawer stops on stopping you from accidentally pulling the drawer all the way out. The bases of the drawers have a lovely striped board on the bottom which adds a little bit of interest to the interior. The drawers have round gunmetal drawer knobs which are easily interchangeable should you prefer to put your own fancy handles on the drawers instead.
The shelves at the bottom are fairly sturdy, and when these were used as bedside tables always had a huge stack of magazines and books on each one, with occasionally a laptop or a tablet balanced on top as well. Now that they're used as occasional tables they each have a large heavy ornament on the bottom shelf, and a large vase of flowers on the top.
The big drawback to the Hemnes range, in my opinion, is that it's made from a very soft wood, and so it's very easy to knock a dent in the wood, or to scratch the top surface, or to even take a chunk out the wood altogether. It marks much easier than you would think, we've dented the tops of our bedside tables by literally just knocking a water glass down with too much force, and I took a chunk out of mine by knocking my bedside lamp over. Once you know how easily they can mark or scratch then it is easier to look after them, but it is easy to forget sometimes and damage them.
I am happy with these though, in spite of the soft wood. I think that they look quite classy for Ikea furniture, and if you look after them and are aware that the wood is soft and can mark easily then they do last well. I like that they are actually solid wood and not just chipboard - I think that this helps to make them look more expensive. I think that they are reasonably priced, and that the range of colours is good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these, and I'd certainly consider buying these myself again.
Although cheap furniture is not always associated with excellent quality, when we started to rent our first apartment together over five years ago now, we decided that beggars could not be choosers and therefore bought a number of basic pieces of furniture from our local Ikea. Ikea seems to be one of those places that people either love or hate, and from the moment I entered the store five years ago I fell in love with the simple yet attractive furniture designs. Needing a pair of bedside tables, my eyes were immediately drawn to these HEMNES bedside tables. Although advertised as bedside tables I thought that one of these tables would also look good as a side table in my lounge and therefore I bought three items to take home with me.
The beauty of Ikea is that prior to purchasing any flat packed items you can see them made up in the display hall and this also gives you the chance to have a touch and feel session prior to committing. With this table I really liked the look of it when I saw the assembled article. The main body of this table is off-square in shape and this measures 46 x 35cm and features a small drawer at the front of the unit with a black knob handle. The body is supported by four legs which are tapered in shape and give a slightly French feel to this item in my opinion. These legs are secured by another slightly larger square of wood further down the legs. I believe that this table is made out of MDF and is finished with a painted layer to give a uniform colour. When I purchased my table there were only two colours available in my store those being white and black-brown. However when I visited Ikea recently I found that they have now included a number of other colour options including; grey-brown, red and white stain which means that this table has the potential to fit within most colour schemes.
With my love of all things neutral, I purchased three of the white tables and these have a thick matt white finish applied. The thick finish, I hoped would mean that these tables would be unlikely to show the effects of the odd knock about when they were moved.
The feel of this table is quite solid and it doesn't have the flimsy blow away feel of a number of other flat pack pieces I have seen. Once assembled the legs fit snugly against the body of the table and the draw has a soft roll open design that means that it opens and closes with a soft click. Inside the drawer of this table the board is finished with a pale yellow and white stripy finish and this adds a classic little touch in my opinion to what is otherwise quite a plain white table.
~Assembly and Set Up~
This table is sold as a flat pack item and this means that all the pieces come tightly packed into a long flat box together with a detailed booklet of instructions in large simple illustrations. The beauty of Ikea packaging in my experience is that the boxes are always well sealed, usually with the help of a number of heavy duty staples and this means that you don't run the risk of heavier items splitting the ends of the box. There is a downside to this however, that being when you open the box to get the contents out, the box inevitably tears beyond all recognition meaning that should you need to return anything a large roll of duck tape is required.
Once home, the contents of one box were poured out onto the floor to be arranged into groups prior to assembly. There are six large pieces (excluding the drawer) which form the frame for this table and it is usually helpful to lie these pieces on the floor in a room which is large enough to be able to lift and re-arrange the pieces. The frame of the table is fitted together using a mixture of wooden dowels and locking screws and the ability to use locking screws is great as it means that pieces can be attached to each other firmly and square. The fixing components come in the form of a tightly wrapped cellophane bag and it is essential in my experience to group these fixings together prior to starting to ensure that the quantities match those on the instructions leaflet.
When you are ready to start it really is a case of following the instructions in the leaflet, paying special attention to the illustrations to ensure that the pieces are laid the correct way up prior to fitting. In the event that a piece does get fixed back to front, it is possible to remove the locking screws and being again, however speaking from experience, this is a pain should you be quite a long way down the assembly line. Each piece of furniture is finished in white on all four sides and this ensures that there are no areas of the table which have an unpainted edge. The top of the table is slightly larger in size to the general area of the legs and this means that the table top overhangs the legs by a couple of centimetres.
Once the main body of the table is complete, you should then being on the drawer of the table and this takes a matter of minutes to put together, as long as you pay attention to the grooves in the wood which give an indication of where the runners for the drawers go. Once all four sides and base have been put together the front of the draw is topped of with a circular black knob and this should be screwed firmly into the pre-drilled hole. It is important that the screw feels firm in my experience, if not the knob does have a tendency to get a little loose after a few months of use and getting a screw inside the draw to tighten it can be a bit of a nightmare.
I would have to estimate that it took around twenty minutes to assemble the first table with the second and third taking less time as I became more up for task.
I have to say that I have really enjoyed the look and use of my tables and they still stand as sturdy today as they did when they were first assembled. They have also moved house once without defect which only adds to my love of them. The tables look elegant and timeless and fit well within my relatively neutral lounge and more colourful bedroom. The surfaces of the tables are large enough to use for storage and indeed in my bedroom both tables house a photo frame, alarm clock and vase with there still being sufficient room around them not to knock these items over. The drawer at the front of each table is an excellent addition in my opinion, and means that they can store a number of small items. The drawers are the perfect height for papers, cards and keys and so, being the squirrel that I am, our tables are now all looking quite full. Another great feature of this table is the painted finish, this means that there are a number of colour options available to suit most colour schemes and also provides a surface which is wipe clean should the tables suffer from a tea spillage or dust.
~Price and Availability~
These tables are currently priced in Ikea at a very competitive £40. At the time I bought them they were around £35 and so this price increase can only reflect inflation. However, I believe that this is a bargain price to pay considering the versatility and style of these table units.
My review should demonstrate how happy I am with this purchase, the very fact that they are still standing in my current house today is a testament to their quality and usefulness. As a result this table is highly recommended by me and scores an excellent five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x