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I owned this table from Ikea for many years, before recently giving it away to one of my colleagues who has moved into an unfurnished house and desperate for furniture. We had no use for it anymore, so I thought it might as well go to someone who could make use of it.
I owned this table for about 8 years, after purchasing it on a trip to Ikea to avoid coming home empty handed! I had no particular purpose in mind for it, but despite this it did come in handy in various houses I lived in during this time. I can't remember how much I paid for it at the time, I seem to remember it being about £6, but looking on the Ikea website it currently retails at £9.
To be honest, I was quite surprised to see this described as a "bedside table" on the Ikea website. It's quite low for a bedside table, has no drawers, and is rectangular rather than square. I used it as an overflow to my crowded bookcase, and stored books on the bottom shelf and decorative items such as photos or candles on the top.
The dimensions of the table are width 52cm, depth 30cm, and height 40cm. To put this in context, the height is only 10cm longer than a long ruler. This means it has restricted use as it's impractical to be bending down to use it all the time.
Assembly of the table is extremely easy, even I managed to do this by myself using the alyn key which came with it. The table has a shelf underneath, the two side parts, and a top, which all fit together using the alyn key. The shelf underneath doesn't have much room for storage as the height is restricted by the top of the table. I used to store standard sized paperbacks on it, but not much else. It is very sturdy, however, and can store a good weight without bowing or becoming wobbly.
The table comes in untreated solid wood (pine), which is designed to be treated or stained in your preferred colour or finish. This makes the table quite versatile in terms of fitting in with colour schemes, as it can be painted or just stained to protect the wood. If I'm honest, I never got round to treating the surface, and just had it as the untreated pine, but this didn't seem to affect the durability of this table.
To clean it, I just used to use a dry duster, although I notice on the website it actually recommends using a damp cloth. I would probably suggest avoiding the damp cloth unless the wood has been treated.
This table does the trick by providing basic furniture for limited spaces. The table is solid and durable, as I can testify after owning the item for several years and then passing it on to someone else. Looks wise, it's not the classiest item, and would probably benefit from being treated or painted. The screws which hold it together are on display at the sides of the table, which looks a bit naff but isn't really an issue.
Overall, a handy table for restricted spaces. You can't really go wrong for the price.
(This review may also be posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Ikea Rast Bedside Table
Back in January 2012 my partner and I decided to celebrate our anniversary we would buy ourselves a pet goldfish. Having not long moved in together we were still in the process of adding new things to the flat and therefore we were lacking in surfaces for our new pet to be kept safely. After a quick trip to Ikea we arrived home with the Rast Bedside Table for our new pet 'Bob'. We chose the Rast bedside table as it was an ideal size to fit nicely in our studio and due to it being a nice pine colour we knew it would look nice.
The table is a very simple design with no drawers or backing board, it is simply made from 4 chunky pieces of untreated pine wood which form a nice sturdy looking table with a single shelf.
Once we arrived home I had the task of building the table. It came packaged in a clear strong plastic with an allen key included along with a bag of screws, thankfully the allen key was the only tool I needed to assemble this table as we had no others at home.
Within less than 30 minutes I had fully assembled the table, it was very simple and literally just a case of screwing the screws in with the allen key. My only tip about the assembly is to be careful not to over tighten the screws as they will split the wood if you do, luckily I noticed this and narrowly avoided a split.
The weight of the table according to the Ikea website is 4.7kg, I would say this is pretty accurate and makes the table chunky and heavy enough to be quite strong, yet at the same time it is light enough to move around easily if you need to.
Once assembled the table is approximately 40cm high and 52cm wide with a depth of 30cm, I think this is a really good size as it makes it ideal for fitting nicely in tight spaces.
Once built and positioned in place ready for Bob, we decided that maybe the TV would look better on the new table and Bob could have the old TV table. Both tables are pretty similar except our new one was untreated and we were concerned about water from the fish tank causing damage to the wood. So, the Bob table became the TV table and vice versa.
Currently on our table we have a small TV and the signal booster, then on the shelf beneath we have managed to fit about 10 books, a mixture of hardback and paperback, as well as the Nintendo Wii and various Wii games along with a few DVD's as well. I was surprised but very pleased with the amount of storage space this table has given us and I think if it was used as a bedside table as it is intended to be then the user would not be disappointed!
The table is very strong and hasn't bowed to pressure with the amount of 'stuff' we have put on it. It is sturdy and doesn't wobble when you touch it and overall we are really pleased with this cheap and simple yet extremely useful little table.
The table is made from untreated solid pine and held together by metal screws. The wood can be left untreated or you can treat and paint it if you prefer. We prefer our natural looking untreated wood. As the table is being used as a TV table we haven't really needed to clean it much other than an occasional dusting. I have used a damp cloth on the odd occasion and this has done no damage to the wood, however I would be hesitant about using excessive water on the untreated wood.
We bought this table in Ikea here in Krakow, but I have checked on Ikeas UK website and it tells me that you can buy it in the UK for just £8.99, which I think is an absolute bargain for the quality you are getting!
Would I Recommend?
Yes, I would definitely recommend the Ikea Rast Bedside Table, it is easy to assemble, looks really good, fits nicely into the smallest of spaces and is a complete bargain at £8.99!
Thanks for reading :)
** Also on Ciao (with photos of assembly) under the username gingelou
I have two of these Ikea Rast bedside tables in the porch. I use them as shoe benches / shoe racks.
The Rast bedside table costs just £8.99. It comes in untreated wood, so that you can paint or stain it yourself if you want it to match your other furniture or decor, or you can just leave it as it is. There is also a matching 3 drawer chest of drawers in the Rast range at just £15.99, again in untreated wood.
I've painted both of mine, and I've put a padded cushion on the top shelf. We use them to sit on and put on or take off dirty shoes in the porch. The shoes then go on the bottom shelf of the bedside table.
Although they are not really designed to sit on, but we've had no problems so far, we only sit on them for a few minutes at a time anyway. They seem really sturdy and they are not wobbly or rickety at all.
These were really easy to put together, it took me around 30 minutes to assemble the both of them. The bedside tables are just in 4 pieces, the two shelves and the two side panels, you just attach the shelves to the side panels. The size of the assembled bedside table is 52cm wide, 32 cm deep, and 40 cm high.
For just £8.99, I don't think that you can go wrong with these. I think that the basic design lends itself to various uses, you could use them as bedside tables as is the original idea, or shoe benches like we have, or a tv stand with a dvd player underneath, a small side table, a small cabinet, many places really.
I'm really pleased with ours, I'm glad that I painted them, I think that it takes away from the Ikea look, and creates something a bit more original, at a bargain price.
We bought this Rast bedside table to keep our DVD player and games console on. I know it is designed to be a bedside table but it looked perfect for what we needed it for.
The unit cost just £7.99 which I thought was excellent value. It is made of solid wood which is untreated which means you can paint it to match your own colour scheme or you can also leave it as it is. We have decided to leave ours as it is for the time being as our colour scheme is neutral so it blends in perfectly.
The table came flat packed and we needed to put it together, it came with instructions and it took us less than 5 minutes to put it together. When it is assembled it is 52cm wide, 30cm deep and 40cm high. This is a good size for a table and because it has two shelves it means there is more room for storage.
Personally, I dont think I would use this as a bedside table because I have far too much rubbish! However, it would be perfect if you are one of those people who can just put a lamp and a book on it.
The unit is very sturdy. We have a DVD player on ours, with a games console which are both quite heavy and the wood has not bent or anything, instead staying solid.
The unit looks nice, the pine has a nice colour to it and since we have had it it has not changed at all and it looks good as new. It is easy to clean, we usually just give ours a dust but we have spilt something on it before where we just quickly wiped it over with a damp cloth and it has not left any marks.
I really like this unit and would certainly buy another. It is strong and sturdy and I like the fact you can paint it to match your own colour scheme. In addition to this the price is absolutely brilliant, at only £7.99 theres not really anything to lose!
We bought a pair of these bedside tables when we moved into our first flat and I think they are great. Where else could you buy a bedside table for less than £8? Surely only at Ikea.
These bedside tables are of course a very basic design, but they provide a shelf for storing your bedtime reading or a couple of baskets containing all your vital nick nacks. They also provide that all important surface for your reading lamp, alarm clock and night time drink....what more can you ask for really?
Made of solid wood, these are sold untreated so can easily be waxed, varnished or painted to co-ordinate with your bedroom colour scheme. The Rast is relatively compact, measuring 40cm high, 52cm wide and 30cm deep so is ideal for smaller bedrooms.
We found this easy to put together with just an allen key, and once constructed it was sturdy and stable.
Overall I think the Rast bedside table is ideal for anyone on a budget, or anyone looking to furnish a small bedroom.