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The Moppe mini chest of drawers from IKEA has a million uses! It is a set of mini drawers made from birch plywood with 6 different sized drawers. The wood is untreated which is great if you want to decorate it yourself to personalise it. Otherwise it can be stained plain or treated with oil. We didn't do this and ours has stained very easily. On the website product description is suggest that it is wipe clean but this does not fix any stains so I would recommend treating the wood in some way if you want this to stay looking smart. The unit does not have to be assembled at home as it is small enough to pick it up as it is. We use ours as a craft box for the children. The smallest drawers are great for crayons and pens and the larger ones for scissors and glue etc. (this could be the reason ours has picked up so many stains!). The overall size is 42x18x32 cm. If I saw this in the shop, I would probably think it is overpriced but we have actually found it extremely useful over the years for many storing many things and have definitely got our money's worth. Useful to note that there are other different configurations of mini chests in the Moppe range.
I remember this from when I was growing up living with my mum and dad. This little set of drawers was amazing. It held a surprising amount useful little trinkets from pens and pencils to nails and screws. These drawers took a real hammering over the course of a few years and the only sign of damage is the odd little scratch and few pen marks. The drawers have lasted and the back hasn't fallen off yet. As I say these drawers have managed to survive a few years, and I grew up with four brothers so it is fair to say that they did get a lot use. They don't take up a lot of space and can fit into any home easily enough. At first you may think that it was an unnecessary purchase but they do come extremely handy. If ever someone in our house lost something the first place we always looked in the drawers and most of the time it would be there staring right back at us. These are cheap, small, and useful. I would say this is by far the most durable thing from ikea that I have come across.
Size: width 42cm
depth 18 cm
As you can see from the size this really isn't a huge piece of furniture that will take up much room. It will fit in any home and will be a useful addition. It can sit on a table or desk or the kitchen worktops.
It comes untreated and is a blank canvas. It can be easily varnished or oiled, or painted to make it more personalised to your own tastes. It is made constructed of birch plywood and put together using dovetail joints which just give it a nice look.
And another appealing aspect of these drawers is the price. It comes in under £20 so you won't have to break the bank in order to acquire them.
Having spent 9 years working for Ikea in various mroles, it goes without saying that their products feature quite heavily in my home.
These 'moppe' draws are brilliant. Made in untreated wood, they are ready to be stained, painted or whatever you like, to suit any home. We have 2 sets, 1 is in the kids room, painted by them in bright colours with scribbles and blobs all over the place, and home to an assortment of bouncy balls, fireman sam figures, the odd jigsaw piece, and various other oddities they've acquired. The other set is in our dining room, stained a nice dark mahogany to match the furniture, and home to an amazing collection of beads, bands and such like, basically the epicentre of my girlfriends growing home made jewellery business.
The draws are a decent size, and with the draws being different sizes its ideal for a variety of things. Pens fit nicely in the larger draws, and I tend to hide things like matches and lighters away from the kids in the top draw, despite it technically being for 'blue and green beads'!!! Hopefully her business will grow, and we'll be needing many more moppe's to store her supplies, and at £17 I'm more than happy with that. Especially as I can buy a bag of meatballs everytime I visit the store!!
~~~ The Back Story ~~~
I have lived 15 minutes' drive from the often maligned but always fascinating Ikea of Sweden on not one but three continents. Hence Ikea is usually our department store of choice and was where we bought many household items when my husband's job was transferred to Southern California in 2003.
We shipped few items from our (or rather his) UK home, but one we did was this mini chest of drawers which we had used for storage of an eclectic assortment of items such as rarely-used credit cards, business cards, plasters, buttons and lip balm.
~~~ This Product ~~~
The Ikea Moppe Mini Chest of Drawers is designed to sit on a bookshelf, desk or similar location. It is a similar design to a chest of drawers one might find in a bedroom, with a large drawer at the bottom, two drawers in the middle row and then three drawers forming the top row.
However, this unit is just 42cm x 18cm x 32 cm in total size.
The set is made from untreated birch plywood that can be stained, treated, papered or painted for a more personal touch. The back part of the housing is made from fibreboard.
~~~ My Experiences and Thoughts ~~~
This item practically had pride of place on the kitchen counter-top of our last home, which was an open-plan one-bedroom apartment. Although large by British standards, our apartment was small with limited storage space. My husband decided that this mini desk of drawers would be best out of site from guests or visitors, but should remain in a very convenient location - just next to the electric kettle!
As previously mentioned, it served a useful purpose for housing small odds and ends. It was robust enough and didn't seem to move during any of the not-infrequent earthquakes to which it's been subjected. However as we left it untreated, this drawer set was difficult to dust and keep sparkling clean.
It remained in this location and in near-daily use for many years, until we moved to a larger house nearly four years ago. At that time, I found it a new home in our study. The reason? I think that the item is hideous, unstylish, very basic and no longer performed as a useful purpose.
This desk accessory was easy enough to use, open and close, and relocate as needed. However as our current home has a lot more drawers and other storage options easily available, we no longer have a need for this item.
Available at Ikea for £17 (July 2013).
~~~ Recommended? ~~~
I can neither recommend buying or avoiding. This is not a bad item, just one that doesn't currently serve a practical purpose in our home. Assess your storage needs and preferences carefully.
Since moving into my new house, I've become something of a fan of Ikea - I'd never set foot in there before my boyfriends parents dragged me round it earlier this year, having kindly offered to buy us a few needed pieces for our new home, but now barely a fortnight goes by without me buying something from the store or the website.
One of the items I've purchased recently is a couple of sets of these Moppe mini drawers - one set for in my kitchen, and the other for my daughters room. These sets, made from birch plywood with fibreboard backs and bottoms come ready assembled, and measure 42 cm wide, 18 cm deep, and 32 cm high. The drawers are untreated, and actually I think the wood looks quite nice - basic and simple, in pale birch colour, with attractive visible dove-tailing.
There aren't any handles on the drawers, but rather cut out areas though which you can hook a finger to pull a drawer out, and they all pull out smoothly. The drawers are all different sizes, as shown above - 3 small, 2 medium, and one long one. (Other configurations are available, one with 4 equally sized drawers at £9, and one with 6 equally sized drawers at £15) My daughter uses hers for all her make up, nail varnishes, and jewellery, and while I think this set of drawers would be perfect for organising things in such a way, she just shoves everything in willy-nilly.
My set is used in the kitchen for storage of all the little bits and bobs of paper that would otherwise just be lost around the house- the bottom drawer holds various take-away menus (some of them have had to be folded), one of the middle drawers is used for postage receipts for items sold on Ebay or sent in the numerous secret-santa style projects I take part in each year. Another drawer is dedicated to coupons for Bzz campaigns, whilst another is currently housing receipts for various purchases so that I have them to hand if needed. One drawer holds pins, blu-tack, and paper clips to help keep me organised, and one holds various business cards. I find it really handy for keeping stuff organised - all this stuff would otherwise have been piled into a drawer, which would have taken ages to sort through had I needed a single item.
The unfinished wood can be treated - mine I have left plain, and my daughter has decorated hers by kissing it all over with lipstick on. I do like that they are customisable though - I am thinking of buying another for my bedroom for jewellery and accessories, and would probably do a little bit of decoupage on the outside to make it fit with my bedroom decor.
I think this is a handy little set of drawers that would be useful in most households - in the garage to store screws, nails, and fuses. In the bathroom to store cotton wool balls, pads, and cosmetics. At £17 a set it's good value, considering that it is sturdy and solidly assembled, and should last for years if treated well. The one downside for me is that it isn't available on the Ikea website, and has to be picked up from store. As a non-driver, this is a little bulky to lug back on two buses from my nearest Ikea store, so I was lucky to have a lift down from a friend.
4 stars - one off because it's not convenient for everyone to go to a store and collect one - and wouldn't be for me if not for very good friends giving me a lift there and back.
This is a lovely, space saving unit, suitable for DIY bits and bobs, stationary, make up or anything else small that needs organising!
It has a nice woody smell but the wood is unfinished. I had considered glossing mine as it looks a bit industrial and I was using it for make up, but, frankly, it seemed like too much work.
I still remember, to this day, assembly was a nightmare. I foolishly thought it might come assembled but of course not - this is IKEA. Unlike many pieces of IKEA furniture, it involved banging in nails etc and it seemed to take longer than a regular set of drawers might.
The drawers don't open that smoothly - they are literally rectangles of wood sat in a bigger rectangle, but it is good enough for the lightweight items you might have in there. This does, however, mean if you wanted, you could have the single, longer drawer at the top etc, adding an element of flexibility. They are now also available in different sizes.
Like most IKEA pieces, it is, in my opinion, relatively reasonable price of £17, currently.
Review of Ikea Moppe Wooden Mini Chest of 6 Drawers
Firstly, I must admit that I have never set foot in a branch of Ikea; our nearest branch is quite some distance away at Thurrock Lakeside in Essex. My daughter is a huge Ikea fan and often picks me up odds and ends on her regular visits to the store.
I own two of these mini chests of drawers and I decided to buy them after seeing them in my daughter's home.
**The Moppe Mini Chest Of Drawers**
These drawers are a neat, compact way to store away the myriad of knick knacks that my home seems to accumulate. The drawers are very sturdy, the construction is durable, robust and the design is very practical. The 6 drawer chest is presented as a cube shape and the drawers are arranged as a row of 3 small, 2 medium and one large drawer. The drawer fronts are made of birch wood ply as is the frame of the chest of drawers. The bases of the drawers are constructed of a very dense fibre board.
The size of this chest is Width: 42 cm, Depth: 18 cm, Height: 32 cm making them ideal to stand on another piece of furniture such as a desk or on a deep window sill. The drawers are arranged with 3 small drawers measuring 13cm across, 2 drawers in the middle measuring 20cm each and 1 large drawers at the bottom which measures 40cm. All the drawers are 9cm deep.
The drawers are sold untreated ready for you to treat with oil, paint or varnish if you wish. I have treated mine with a pale blue colour wash, which gives a matte, wipe clean finish. They do look just as nice left plain if that is what fits in better with your décor. Apart from sliding the drawers into position there is no construction required with these drawers. These drawers are so very versatile that they could be used in almost any room.
I have one mini chest of drawers in my bedroom standing on top of a chest of drawers which holds all my cosmetics and similar items. The drawers are useful for separating the various products and I have a nail polish drawer, an eye make-up drawer and so on. My second mini drawer chest is in one of my spare bedrooms. It holds all my stationery odds and ends such as pens, envelopes, sellotape and paperclips. The large drawer on this chest has become the family 'dumping ground' and anything small that needs keeping but doesn't have a definite home tends to end up here! I've just had a quick look and can report we have a variety of odd buttons, some reels of cotton, some metal picture hooks, a couple of pairs of scissors, some drawing pins and a packet of dogs' worming tablets amongst the other bric-a-brac in the drawer. A veritable odds and ends hoard!
My daughter has a set of these drawers in her bathroom for storing little bits and pieces; she also keeps one in her lounge where the children store their crayons, pens and other craft oddments.
The current price of these mini chests of drawers is £17 each which I consider excellent value for money for such a well-made product.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I thoroughly recommend these mini drawers; they are versatile, practical and very, very useful. Being a fairly plain design means they blend in with most styles of decoration. They would make a very useful addition to a home office, a workshop or for storing art and craft items, the amount of uses are numerous.
I would recommend they are varnished or painted is you wish to use these drawers in a bathroom or other steamy environment in order to protect the wood.
I can honestly say I would really miss my Ikea Moppe mini drawers if I no longer had them. They are available from Ikea stores or online from their website. I would be delighted if Ikea were to produce a similar set of drawers in a larger size as they really are so very useful.
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©brittle1906 February 2013
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