I'm sure post Christmas and birthdays, many a bewildered parent surveys the toy carnage around them and wonders where on earth they are going to store lots of different little bits of plastic, assorted lego, action figures and a board game or two. My children are lucky enough to have their own designated playroom, up until recently truth be told many of their toys were to be found permanently strewn across the floor - with the discovery of the new Ikea range for children's storage, no more. As children do, they still make a huge mess on a regular basis, but the stuva furniture, in theory, provides them a place to put everything.
The range includes cupboards, drawers and benches so that you can, with careful planning, configure your room as you wish with plenty of storage. The items come in a range of colours (pink, blue, green and "natural"), and all match each other. This particular item is a generous 50cm deep, as are some of the other items, so being a less deep 30cm.
We bought these storage drawers in green. They came in an unbelievable number of boxes, 9 to be precise. As you can see the unit has 4 drawers; at 60cm high it's pretty well ideal child height. It's 64cm across and could be used in combination with the rest of the range or as a stand alone item. The drawers are very easy for children to open thanks to the cut out nature of the drawer pulls - this is a canny design also as it means there is nothing for children to bash into, and to a degree you can see what is in the drawers, once full. The drawers glide open and can be closed with ease thanks to the runners, which seem to be of solid construction and also have a stop on the end of them so a child can't pull them out too far. This set of drawers really has been well designed for children in my opinion.
Once constructed (it's a flat pack item, no surprise, this is Ikea after all!), as well as being a great design, it's a sturdy and well made item - the drawers sit flush and it's solid, albeit being of particle board and fibre board construction. Though not pictured above, you can actually add legs onto the drawers, in the same or a contrasting colour, obviously this makes it a little higher. I like the fact that the edges of the drawers are rounded - always good with children in terms of safety and storage wise it's actually very good. We have found that the drawers are ideal for stowing an amazing amount of playmobil in smaller boxes, with one drawer housing a huge collection of playdough and accessories, there's still plenty of room for assorted bits and bobs.
If this is sounding good (and actually it is, and in my opinion a far better design than the Trofast which was all Ikea offered up until now), one note of caution - the instructions for this particular item are.....dire. We had no issues assembling another item in the range, but this one had us stumped for ages due to the fact that you can vary the height of the drawer internal mechanism to be higher or lower, the drawers can be made at varying depths. This Ikea failed to illustrate in any clear way and so it took us longer than would look possible to assemble the drawers, there were rather a lot of screws and things that had to be twisted with an alun key to be tackled when putting the furniture together. We were pleased with them once they were made, and the trauma of their building had been mainly forgotten - and the children loved them as soon as they saw them, but do be aware that putting them together is certainly not child's play!
Overall, as you can probably tell, I'm delighted with the drawers, mainly as they are a fantastic storage solution, and the general finish of them and construction is very good indeed. I do think they are a little expensive at £106 (+ £4 for legs) for flat pack furniture, but I'm sure they will last a good few years and actually they look really good. You can see them and the other items that go with them on the ikea website, though they can only be purchased in store at the time of writing. If, like us, you have a child's room in need of extra storage that actually works - these do a great job at what they are designed for, and on that basis, despite the "challenging" instructions I am happy to recommend them.