“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Storage unit „
More nursery bits!
We have just celebrated the arrival of our second baby, and a few months back we were busy putting together a few bits for the baby's bedroom. Instead of going for the more typical baby stuff, we decided to opt for a few more "grown up" bits for baby to grow into, so the furniture and other fixtures and fittings will still be suitable in a few years time!
This small cupboard is part of the Stuva storage range for children's bedrooms from Ikea. There are all different items available in the range that you can mix and match to serve your needs. We bought the cupboard pictured here - which is in actual fact a frame with a shelf inside - you buy the doors separately. As well as the blue colour pictured here, you can buy doors in green, pink, white or birch, so there should be something to suit every colour scheme. The cost of the cupboard is £61 - except the birch version which is £75. You also have to buy the legs separately which cost £4.50 for two - and of course you need four so add on £9 for the two packs of legs! (Incidentally each pack of legs has interchangeable coloured "feet" in blue, pink or green so you can mix and match or change the colours of the feet if you wish.)
We decided to get green doors for our unit as we weren't sure of the gender of baby number 2 and wanted to go with something neutral, while still giving a splash of colour to the room.
A few quick facts...
The size of this unit is as follows...
Width: 60 cm
Depth: 30 cm
Height: 75 cm
It also comes with a wall fastener to prevent any dangerous toppling and the cupboards have soft closing hinges included.
The Ikea run
Of course this item comes flat-packed as with all Ikea furniture and part of the fun is to frantically search the store for all the bits and pieces that you need to make one unit. Because of course everything is stocked in a different place and you have to make sure you pick up the right colour doors and all the correct bits and pieces depending on the exact type of unit you are planning to make.
And now the good news...
Now if this hasn't put you off already.... I'm happy to say that once you get this home it is pretty easy to make, and in fact I managed it single-handedly - whilst pregnant! As it's a small unit it's pretty easy to construct and you don't need an extra pair of hands - although an electric screwdriver isn't a bad idea! And it is a pretty simple construction - simply a frame, shelf and two doors on the front.
We have also got another frame with a shelf (without doors) on the top of the cupboard to give us some extra storage space, and fixtures are included to fix the two components together securely.
A nice unit
I am really pleased with how this unit looked once put together. It is very small and simple, and although it doesn't offer an enormous amount of storage space it is just right for a small room, which is what we have. The cupboards are nice and easy to open as it is simply a decent sized notch cut out of one of the doors rather than any handles or other closures, so small hands will be able to open these doors easily (which of course means you need to be careful what goes inside!).
I also feel that it will be used for many years to come as it is a very child-friendly piece with space for toys and books - and I've already got a lamp and a few soft toys on the top of the unit. Even with two of the units one on top of the other, it isn't too tall for you to use the space at the top to display items.
This isn't the cheapest unit for a child's room but as I say I think this should get many years' worth of use, and it does look really good in the small bedroom. In an ideal world I would probably opt for something bigger and with more storage space, but as we don't have the space for anything bigger this will definitely do the job!
If you have children you may well find that Christmas and birthdays tend to bring more toys to add to those they already have, and that it can be really difficult to find somewhere to store everything. Up until fairly recently we've tended to end up with a range of plastic boxes and trunks that haven't really done the job, it's actually surprisingly hard to find appropriate storage furniture for children that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. We were, then, really pleased to find that Ikea have a new range of storage furniture with kids' room in mind to add to the rather less substantial Trofast range that they already stocked.
This cupboard is part of the Stuva range, which also includes benches, drawers and shelves, which you can configure as you wish to suit the space you have. The range comes in pink, blue, white, a rather bright green and also is available with a natural wood facade. We opted for the green cupboard, which you can see on their website. Unlike some of their products it can't, unfortunately, be ordered on line; like most Ikea products it's self assembly. The cupboard is 60cm across, 75cm high and 30cm deep.
Having managed to avoid the trip to Ikea to buy the item (my husband offered to go after work, clearly having forgotten how "interesting" the Ikea experience can be), I did help to assemble it and take it out of the 6 boxes it came in. The instructions for this item were straightforward enough and involved the obligatory alun key and a couple of times of putting things on the wrong way round, but we managed it in the end. The legs had to be purchased separately from the cupboard for some reason for £4, the unit and doors cost £56 - you could have the same unit without doors if you wished to have open storage. My one criticism would be that the legs came with pink, blue and green bits, you discarded those you didn't use, which seems a bit environmentally unfriendly to me.
Though the cupboard is made of "fibre board" and "particle board" according to Ikea, the finish on it is actually quite good. The cupboard doors look like painted wood and are on sturdy hinges of the kitchen door variety. There are two shelves which can be placed at a variety of heights depending on what you wish to store. We use our cupboard to store all the children's craft materials, for which it is ideal. It would also be great for kids' puzzles or for larger toys, as the unit has shelves kids can easily see what is in the cupboard. As the unit is in child proportions I find my kids can pull out what they need - though getting them to put things away is more problematic! The cut out opening is easy for little hands to pull open and all in all the assembled item looks very smart in my opinion.
Overall I think this is a really practical and cute looking piece of furniture for a child's room that would be perfect in a nursery, bedroom or playroom. It comes with a fitting to attach it to the wall for safety, the legs are sturdy enough, but probably as children are going to be pulling at the doors to get toys in and out attaching it is a good idea. The whole thing seems to be wearing quite well so far and bearing up to life in our playroom, and being near the craft corner, it's handy that it is wipe clean! I think this is a great storage solution, for us it has really transformed the space that our children have to play in, and I am really pleased with it. Recommended!
Link to the item: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S49873736