“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Desk „
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When I moved into my current house I needed a desk that I could use for my sewing machine and my laptop (if I ever bother to unplug my sewing machine). I had originally set my heart on a glass desk from Ikea but when I saw it in the shop I decided against it and went for this one instead. The desk cost just £10 and went with my other furniture so seemed like a good buy.
The desk itself comes in the standard Birch finish and looks quite sturdy when built up. It also has a hidden cable tray at the back of the desk which is handy for laptop cable or even storing paints and pencil tins if a kid is using it. Once made up the desk is:
Width: 70 cm
Depth: 50 cm
Height: 72 cm
For me I find that I can keep a standard size sewing machine an angle poise lamp and a sea grass basket with ease. However, it is not a massive desk so if you need room for a printer or lots of in trays and files you will really need a bigger desk but it suits my needs well size wise.
***Putting the desk together***
This is where the desk really let me down. We got the desk and a load of other furniture picked and delivered for us so when it arrived at the house I decided to try and put it up on my own while my housemate was at work. By this point I had put up several pieces of furniture and the desk looked simple to do. However, the problem was the fact that none of the pre-drilled holes matched up so to this day there are screws missing where I simply couldn't fit them in (although the desk does seem to be ok) and even when my housemate helped me we really struggled. None of the drilled holes made sense with the instructions so it was really tough to get it to even look like a desk. Out of all the furniture we put up that week (and we put up a lot) this was by far the hardest. That said this may be due to a manufacturing error rather than a fault with the product range but I can only comment on my own experiences.
I also noticed that when it came out of the box it also had a look of what my mum calls nicotine brown but that has since faded to a more birchy look and the one in Ikea looked more birch like.
***Using the desk***
So far despite the problems putting the desk up and the missing screws it is pretty solid and the colour has faded nicely. The desk is also easy to use and there is plenty of room for what I need (although the cable storage is mainly used to hide stationary in.
At £10 this desk is great value but it is very basic in design and not that large. But providing you don't have the problems I had assembling it should be a good buy.
The Laiva desk is an Ikea exclusive that costs just £10 at present, the same price I paid for it last year in fact. For that price you might expect a cheap bit of plasterboard that wobbles and looks set to fall apart any minute ( a little like my £25 Argos Carly desk as it happens), but this is in fact a beautiful piece of furniture that's smooth, sturdy and solidly.
I bought this desk for my child as it's a nice small one that sits at the right height for him, and it seemed sturdy enough to support a PC monitor and the like as well. I would have preferred to buy him a white desk to match the rest of his furniture, but he really liked this one when he saw it in the store, and for a tenner I thought I'd be silly to talk him out of it!
As with most pieces of Ikea furniture, this comes flat packed for home assembly. It only took me ten to fifteen minutes to get out of the packaging and have the whole thing put together and ready to use - it was simply a case of securing pieces together with an allen key. I found it much easier and quicker to put together than similar pieces of furniture from Argos.
One assembled, this desk easily holds a heavy early-style flat screen PC monitor along with a keyboard, mouse, speakers and assortment of stationary. The ledge that runs around the edge inside the base of the desk is also pretty strong, and on there I've perched a slimline plastic drawer tower with all my child's games and leads etc in.
The big appeal with this desk for my boy I think was the smooth, shiny surface. It feels silky soft, and my boy thought it would be comfy to lean on when he's drawing or writing - which it has. He's been happily using this on a regular basis for PC activities, writing stories and drawing comics since we got it, and there's not a mark on it (yet). I love how easy the shiny surface is to wipe clean by the way, any felt pen marks that have got on it to date have been easily wiped with a squirt of dettol and a damp cloth.
There's absolutely nothing to complain about here, no downsides at all! The dimensions are: Width: 70 cm, Depth: 50 cm, Height: 72 cm, so be aware that although this is one of the smaller desks out there, it isn't strictly speaking designed for or aimed at kids / teens.