“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Drawer Chest „
I have the Hemnes Chest of 6 Drawers in white.
This is extremely heavy to transport and fairly hard to assemble as the parts are heavy so be sure to have someone strong on hand to help!
I've been seriously impressed with how sturdy this chest of drawers is. It easily holds all my casual clothes without appearing to strain under the pressure at all. The drawers glide out well. Ikea have a reputation for producing "cheapy" furniture, but the Hemnes range is excellent quality and worth paying a little extra for.
This matches really well with my Hemnes bed and Aneboda wardrobe. I have had lots of compliments on it and love that although it's a large chest of drawers, the white colour makes it look less intrusive. Do be aware though that the top gets dusty quickly as it's white so I try and dust at least once a week. I also notice greasy fingerprint marks next to the handles so wipe these too.
Size (full measurements on Ikea website):
This is perfect for me as I like an "all-in-one" storage space for all my casual trousers, tops, jumpers, pyjamas, sports clothes and underwear. This fits it all in 4 big drawers. I only have to store work clothes elsewhere as they need to be hung. I use the smaller top drawers to hold my laptop in one and cosmetics in the other. They are a particularly useful addition.
Overall, I think this is an example of Ikea at their best. It's still a relatively cheap chest of drawers compared to other retailers but looks great, holds everything I need, and is sturdy.
I really like the Hemnes 3 drawer chest from Ikea. We've had a number of them over the years in the many places that we've lived.
The Hemnes 3 drawer chest is currently £100 from Ikea, although I have to admit that we've never paid more than £80 for these as they are very often on offer. They come 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've had the Hemnes 3 drawer chest in white, red, and the grey-brown. We currently have these in the red and the grey-brown colours.
I currently have 3 of these in a long row along one wall in the spare bedroom that I use as a walk in wardrobe. I have a red one in the middle and a grey-brown one on either side of the red one. I think that they look really effective and striking when placed in a long row, and I think that the red one in the middle gives a pop of colour to the others.
Each 3 drawer chest has three very deep and roomy drawers, and holds an awful lot of stuff. The top two drawers are the same size, and the bottom drawer is quite a bit deeper than the other two. 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.
Like all Ikea furniture these are self assembly, and my husband assembled all 3 of ours in around 2 hours.
You can get lots of other items in the Hemnes bedroom range if you wanted matching bedroom furniture; wardrobes, mirrors, a linen cabinet, a dressing table, beds, other sizes of chests of drawers, and bedside tables.
Although I've had a number of these over the years and I will continue to buy them I do have a couple of gripes with them.
My first gripe is that the wood of these drawers is very soft, and so it's very easy to knock a dent in the wood, or scratch the top surface, or even take a chunk out the wood altogether. They mark much easier than you would think, my husband has taken a few chunks out of one of ours by literally just putting his jeans on the top - his belt buckle has bashed the wood and scratched the wood or knocked a chunk out quite a few times. Once you know how easy they will mark or scratch then it is easier to look after them, but it's also easy to forget sometimes and damage them.
My second gripe is that sometimes the drawers fronts can be stained different colours, I've noticed this the most with the grey-brown colour. This time we swapped the drawer fronts from the two packs around a bit to get the best matches, but I still ended up having to take one drawer front back to Ikea as it was much lighter than all of the others and just looked odd. They did swap it for a darker one for me.
Overall though as I mentioned at the start I do really like these. 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, and 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 buy these myself again.