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A kitchen trolley as a bedside table? Are you kidding me my husband kept saying!
No I wasn't, I'd spotted this idea to use the Raskog kitchen trolleys from Ikea as bedside tables on a blog via pinterest, and I was determined to get them. My husband was having no part of it as he thought that the idea was crazy, and so off I went to Ikea to buy a couple myself.
The Raskog kitchen trolley comes in two colours; grey and turquoise. The grey is a slate grey, and the turquoise is like a Tiffany blue. I initially went to get the grey, as this would match most things I figured, however once in Ikea I fell in love with the turquoise as it so closely resembled the Tiffany blue, and so I ended up getting two of the turquoise Raskog kitchen trolleys. These were £50.00 each.
Like all Ikea items these are self assembly, and as my husband was having no part of this I assembled the both of them myself. It took me around an hour and a half to assemble them both, this didn't however include attaching the castors to the bottom as I decided to leave these off, as I figured that the castors would make my new 'bedside tables' look more like kitchen trolleys. The only tool that I needed was a cross head screwdriver as the allan key that you need is supplied within the pack.
The trolleys are made from a painted steel, and have three shelves, the middle one of which is adjustable either up or down should you need to store taller things on one of the shelves. I've set the middle shelves exactly in the middle as I wanted them to have a uniform look. The shelves have a steel mesh base, and they have a solid built up surround to them so that nothing will fall out. The framework of the trolleys is a tubular painted steel frame, and this gives them a very modern edgy look. Because I didn't use the castors on the bottom of my trolleys my 'bedside tables' sit on the tubular steel frame itself, this looks absolutely fine, in fact it looks like this is how they are supposed to sit, my husband didn't even notice that anything was missing from the bottom.
I'm really pleased with these, I think that they look perfect as bedside tables, they look really different, really funky and modern. I'm not a fan of matching bedroom furniture at all, I much prefer a more eclectic look in my bedroom and so the fact that these don't match anything else doesn't actually matter. They contract well with the other furniture in my bedroom and I'm happy with them. I'm actually happy with the colour that I chose as well, I think that the grey may well have been too dark, whereas the turquoise adds a pop of colour. My husband has also (rather grudgingly) admitted that they look really good too!
These are really sturdy little bedside tables, with lots of storage space on the three shelves. They are easy to keep clean with just a wipe over with a damp cloth. They measure 35cm in length, 45cm in width, and they are 70cm high without the castors. They are easy to pick up and move around if you needed to, and obviously if the castors were attached then you could just wheel them around.
I think that these would easily lend themselves to lots of uses around the house, in fact I'm actually thinking of getting another one in turquoise to go in our en-suite to stack towels and toiletries on. I've had lots of comments on how unusual and striking these are as bedside tables and no-one has suspected that they are actually kitchen trolleys!