“ Ikea Leksvik Range of bedroom and sitting room furniture. „
I have a large set of drawers from the Leksvik range, and am quite sad that it is less available than it was afew years ago, because it is very sturdy and made of real wood at a great price. The drawers I bought have two big bottom drawers, two medium middle drawers and two small half-width drawers at the top. They are solid pine, except for the drawer bottoms and the back of the unit, which are board. The Leksvik series looks good in a variety of rooms - our drawers were bought for a bedroom but are currently in the dining room where they blend in very well. They only warning I give is that I found the Leksvik range to be very "big" once I got it home - the drawer unit is huge! It is definitely worth checking dimensions and visualising the furniture in your room.
The drawers have been great quality - the bottoms sometimes need attention if the drawers are overloaded, but this is always the case with drawers with board bottoms.
We also have two Lekvik extendable toddler beds, which have lasted fantastically well and still look great. The pine has aged well, with the colour darker than when first bought but very attractive (assuming you don't hate pine!).
Another point to not is that we purchased 2 Leksvik toddler beds 2 years apart, and one was a few inches longer than the other so it is worth double-checking that the dimensions are the same if you buy two items separately.
Overall, the Leksvik furniture is among the best we have had from Ikea, and I am looking to buy more if they bring out any new lines in the summer - recommended!
I grew up in a house where nothing was made of real wood, especially the stuff that was veneered / plastic-coated to make it look a bit like wood.
I suspect that the reason for this is that my father has never trusted wood as he just sees it as a substance that will, eventually rot - a view probably shared by my mother, who spent her formative years living in a tropical climate with practically 100% humidity all the time, where anything made of natural materials / fibres also has a tendency to, well - go black and mildewey, and eventually rot.
So now I have a house of my own, anything that can be made of wood or natural fibres that comes into it IS made of wood or natural fibres - and despite our ongoing wood-worm / clothes moth problem, I'm pretty happy with this.
Did I mention that I am also a total tight-wad who considers that anyone willing to pay over £200 for a chest of drawers in a 'proper shop' - whether the furniture's made of real wood or not - must be having a larf?
Hence the Ikea Leksvik range of furniture is right up my street for the following reasons:
It's made of solid wood no veneers that'll flake off, or wood-look coated hearts-of-MDF or anything nasty like that.
The wood that goes into its manufacture is pine wood, which is a sustainable source and thus doesn't come from rainforest or stands of old-growth timber or anything like that.
The wood is treated on the exposed surfaces with a very low-key cross-between-matt-and-satin-type finish coating in again, a low-key 'antique pine' colour - which actually translates into a pleasant shade of buffy biscuit brown / yellowish-ochre. It is not your bright orange stained 1980s nightmare antique pine colour, by any means, nor is the finish in any way (I think) gaudy or unfortunate-looking. It is put on in a thin layer, so that you can see all the wood grain and knots etc. through the semi-transparent finish, and said wood grain doesn't end up picked out as garish marmalade-coloured neon strips - as you unfortunately sometimes see in other wood finishes generically known as 'antique pine.'
Lastly - and quite significantly - the Leskvik furniture - it's cheap as chips.
Of course like everything from Ikea it comes in flat-pack form and you have to assemble it yourself, but once you get the hang of things the shelves and so on are all pretty simple to put together. We have three of the tall bookshelves, two of the half-height ones - one of which is hanging in space mounted on the kitchen wall as kitchen shelves. It looks slightly bizarre there - a bit like a kitchen dresser top but with no base - but you soon get used to that. We also a wall-mountable Leksvik CD cubby-hole / shelf on top arrangement (this looks much better with erm, 'objects d'art' in the cubbies rather than CDs) and we also have the Leksvik baby changing unit, which though it serves its intended purpose quite adequately, has dead flimsy hardboard backing and MDF drawer inners (grh!) and I'd say is about the only duff call in the whole bunch. We didn't pay more than £60 (new) for any one item (most of the units cost considerably less, in fact).
I think the Leksvik stuff looks good, is pretty sturdy (our three bookcases are very shoogly now but we took them apart for storage while some building work was getting done, so it's probably our fault for having dismantled them) and is very reasonably priced considering it's all or mostly made of actual wood.
I've only stopped buying it now as I'm worried our house may be getting a tad 'over Leksviked'.
This stuff is lovely.
When I was pregnant we tried to buy our unborn daughter the chest of drawers (it was reduced as offer of the week) we went after work on the first day and they were sold out! The show drawers were lovely. Lovely handles, lovely stripey drawer bases, real wood.... I was gutted and we ended up getting something OK but not amazing in Argos.
Following the birth, and the MOUNTAINS of clothes that she received, we decided that the nursery required more furniture, and remembering the lovely drawers we had missed out on, we made our way to Ikea to look at the wardrobe.
It's a lovely wardrobe, and suitable for adult hangers when she's older too as it's wide enough. It comes with a shelf, a drawer and two rails, in pine, for £150.
We bought it (they had it in stock - phew!) and found a parent to babysit while we put it up. It took 2 hours for 2 adults, on a small landing, with a cat to oversee operations and get in the way (ie. play with the box and try to steal all the screws etc...)
The instructions were fairly easy to follow. We did make a mistake, but fortunately it was easily rectified and was due to neither of us reading the instructions closely enough!
The wardrobe has a useful bit on the top which sticks up round the back - meaning that things put on top of the wardrobe can't fall down the back. It's also all wood apart from the back and the drawer base. I fail to see why most flatpack furniture has thinner drawer bases when this is what the contents stand on, but this appears to be the case with most furniture unless you but something pricey. On the plus side - it's only to keep bedding in, and it is quite pretty with a stripey pattern on the side you can see.
As I mentioned before it's wide enough to take adult hangers, meaning it'll last her until she's grown up (I think it will. It's a very good wardrobe) and it's very attractive. It comes in antique pine, which is a pretty adaptable colour to any room.
The other items in the Leksvik range look just as good. I'd buy them if I needed them.
Ikea Leksvik is throughout my house. I have bought the bed, bedsides, wardrobe, tv cabinet, bureau, dresser, dining table and chairs.
Why you ask? Not because it's convenient- it isn't for me, I live just under 2 hours away from a store and won't buy furniture online I've not seem and been able to handle in real life. Not because it's very cheap either, personally I don't think it is cheap when you consider you can get brand new furniture from places like Asda and Tesco for a third of the price.
I buy Leksvik, and keep replacing old furniture with new Leksvik pieces because it's well made, made in the most part from solid pine which has been stained a lovely honey warm shade, all the handles on the furniture match- they look like old fashioned blackened iron ware handles and are discreet yet charming. The majority of pieces have adjustable shelves which are really easy to chop and change using metal dowels, these can take a bettering and a fair bit of weight too. I'm just over 9 stone and climb up on the bureau and dresser to dust, and naughty I know, but have been known to stand on the tv cabinet, bedsides and chest of drawers to paint the ceiling! This is a useful bit of information for those of you with children- they will undoubtedly climb all over your furniture and you can be confident the Leksvik range will take it.
My one criticism? It doesn't survive being taken apart when you move house etc. It goes back together lose and wobbly.
We bought a wardrobe, chest of draws and 2 bedside cabinets in this range. All for under £500 now thats a real bargain. When i first saw this made up in Ikea i thought it looked expensive so I was very surprised when i saw the price and straight away i had to have it. The range is an antique pine finish. The materials its made out of include Solid pine, Stain, Clear acrylic lacquer. The backs of the wardrobes, drawers and cabinets are made from fibreboard.
When we got it home, it took about 60 mins between two of us to assemble the wardrobe, approx 45 mins to assemble the chest of drawers and 30 mins between us both to assemble both bedside cabinets. The instructions are very easy to follow, with picture diagrams.
When it was done it made a great difference to our bedroom. The style looks expensive. We thought it was good quality for money so we went out and bought the same again for our guest room.
We have had the furniture for about two years now and still there is nothing wrong with them, no marks or scratches. With the weight of all our clothes and heavy coats the wardrobes clothes pole is still in place, sturdy and no signs of bowing.
Ikea still do similar furniture in this style although not exactly the same as ours. I would definately go for it again. They do both adult bedrooms and baby bedrooms in this range, but there are not many styles to choose from
After recently discovering I was pregnant, my husband and I took a few trips to Ikea and other furniture stores, trying to find a nice set of furniture for the new nursery. We wanted it to be cheap, yet sturdy, and hopefully something a growing child wouldn't mind still having in their bedroom in 10 years time!
After umming and ahhing, we decided on the Leksvik Ikea range. My father in law already has a few sets of free standing bookshelves in this range, and they have lasted many years - and look fab. The pieces already built in Ikea looked lovely, and the range even overlapped from 'adult' furniture into the nursery range - the cot being only £75!!
The cot was just that - a cot, not a cot bed that many people prefer to have. But it has a two level base (ideal for new borns and older babies), and the side can also be removed to make it an almost-cot-bed (ideal for a young toddler). Plus we noticed that Ikea also have 'growing beds' (where the bed grows with the child) in this range, for just £99! Definitely an option for the future. Plus, this range has been around for so long already, based on it's popularity, I can't see it being discontinued any time soon.
The cot was relatively easy to put together. The base was a little difficult due to the mechanism which allows you to position the base in one of the two pre-defined heights, but now it's set up, we won't have any problems in the future.
We also bought the wardrobe and shelving unit with base cupboard. Both were very simple to put together until we got to the doors - trying to get them to line up and close properly was a nightmare - although to be fair, this would be the same with ANY flat packed wardrobe or cupboard!
The last few pieces we bought were the chest of 4 drawers, treasure chest and wall shelf. These were all reasonably simple to put together. The instructions were clear, even down to the technicalities of the clever lid of the treasure chest - designed in a way where it's impossible to trap your fingers. Ideal for a little one. Granted, probably due to this clever mechanism, the treasure chest was probably the only piece out of the ones we bought from the Leksvik range that was a little over priced (£69!), but hey.
Overall, a beautiful looking set, seems very sturdy (most pieces had brackets or straps which you could use to secure to a wall if required), mostly simple to put together, and should suit our child for many years. We'd definitely buy more items in this range.
A tip given directly from Ikea - keep your alan keys, and tighten your furniture up every now and again. It doesn't hurt!
When we discovered I was pregnant we decided to do up the house however with a child on the way we wanted to find some furniture that wasn't too expensive as before long there would be sticky hands everywhere.
A few years back we bought a TV table in the Leksvik range and we liked it so we wanted to see if the range was still going so we went to Ikea and found the Leksvik range was still there-it was perfect.
We bought the bookcase with doors (£96.89), glass door wall cabinet (£67.53), treasure chest (£57.74) and a coffee table (£38.17).
The range is a wooden range and looks natural. The furniture can be wiped clean which is essential for kids!
The furniture went together really quickly and there were no parts missing which we find is usually the case with flat pack furniture.
We have had several people round since having the furniture and so many people have commented how good and expensive it looks.
The range has a good range for the kitchen, living room and baby/childrens room
I bought 7 drawer chest. Builds solidly & well and looks great. Well designed and lovely smooth running drawers.Wish they has a small 3-4 chest of drawers to go with it, eg as bedside cabinet. I'd buy it immediately.
We decided to take my father in law to Ikea on a bank holday weekend, he only wanted some chopping boards and a knife but we ended up bringing him back with a TV Cabinet from the leksvic range.
Until him actually seeing it he had never mentioned wanting a new cabinet, so I suppose it must have impressed him.
The cabinet is made of solid pine, not veneered chipboard as a lot of flatpack furniture and it is stained in a light oak finish some of the range is also available in a pale grey colourwash finish, nice if you want something a little brighter.
It cost £49 which was more expensive than a lot of the other similar items we saw in Ikea but a lot better quality too.
It is a cabinet that is shaped to fit into the corner of a room and has 4 adjustable shelves. It was pekenty big enough for his 28 inch TV and the was room at either side of the TV to put some ornaments which he liked the idea of.
We have built up lots of flat pack furniture and were dreading putting it together and having the usual round of arguments that follow, but we found the instructions really clear in pictures and words and in a A4 sized booklet with about 2 - 3 diagrams on a page as opposed to some instructions which manage to fit everything on a postage stamp.
The wood was a good quality thick wood and the screws and dowels fitted in with not problem. We had the cabinet built in less than half an hour with no bits left over, no splits in the wood where the holes hadn't been drilled properly and most important no threats of divorce.
Once built up the hardest thing was my Father in Law deciding where he would like his shelves putting. They are easy to adjust so even this wasn't a big thing.
Later whilst looking through the catalogue I noticed some bedroom furniture in the same range as the cabinet and we decided we would go back to Ikea the next day to have a look as we were wanting some drawers in our bedroom.
We liked the look of a chest of 6 drawers with 2 small drawers at the top and 4 large ones below.
The fittings on the drawers are simple black metal oval discs with a wire handle that folds flat against the disc.
Again this was very easy to build, the hardest bit being putting the drawer runners on, but once on they fit easily into the drawer opening and run really smoothly.
At £129 they weren't cheap but they are solid and the only bits that aren't solid pine are the drawer bottoms and the back panel, they are mad of fibreboard but are thick and sturdy.
If you are looking for good quality solid furniture then I recommend you look at the Leksvik range, the colour is really nice and they are easy to build up and solid once they are built. There is a good range especially for bedroom furniture and we will be replacing some of our older furniture with more from this range as soon as finances allow.
Ikea Leksvik Range of bedroom and sitting room furniture.