Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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Ikea Trofast Storage Combination Unit with Trays
Member Name: Lozster
Ikea Trofast Storage Combination Unit with Trays
Advantages: Sturdy and practical
Disadvantages: No drawer stoppers, not every size box available in every colour
I've recently planned my nursery for baby to be. As we already have a built in wardrobe, a traditional set of furniture (cot, chest of drawers, wardrobe etc) wasn't needed. I thought about buying the items individually but was shocked at some of the prices, particularly chest of drawer sets which generally look pretty much like any other white set of drawers! So, I hatched a plan to put together a 'future proof' room, catering for baby to toddler and beyond - well about seven to ten anyway! The Trofast storage range is an integral part of my plan. I intend to use it to store nappies and clothes i have bought in larger sizes to grow in to, before dedicating the whole unit to contain the inevitable torrent of plastic.
**What the Trofast range is**
The Trofast storage range comes from Ikea. It is described as 'toy storage' and consists of frames made of pine or white foil wrapped chipboard with runners that plastic storage bins can be slid in to. It reminds me of the sort of storage you see in schools or nurseries. The frames themselves come in a range of configurations. I bought the style pictured that has three vertical columns descending in height. There are other variations offered of tall and short units so, by linking them up, you can select the configuration that suits you and fits in your room. The boxes vary in size too so you can choose fewer deeper boxes or more slimmer boxes.
I chose white to match other items however, my personal opinion is that the pine looks a little old fashioned. The boxes come in white as well as bright colours. There is red, blue, green and pink. However, not every size comes in every colour so the choice is not as wide as it could be. I think a teenager may not choose this furniture however, it suits babies and children as there is nothing about it that pins it to a narrow age group. Once assembled, you can see the screw heads and there are quite a lot of them. Not a big problem for me but may be for other people. Make sure they are firmly screwed in so the head doesn't scratch you or the little one.
I've looked at this item for several months and it seems to have been 'reduced' for all of that period. The unit, with boxes, is £75.
** ease of assembly**
This is a heavy item so take a friend to ikea with you to get it off the shelf and load it in the car. Then ask that friend to stay and help you assemble. The instructions are fairly clear but the unit in white is heavy to move around and i can only imagine the pine is even heavier. In terms of size - this item went in the back of a scirocco with the seats down. i think it would have been ok in my corsa too but you would need to put all the seats down. If you cant face a trip to ikea, this item is available to order on line.
The storage unit is constructed using wooden dowels to connect the pieces and screws to hold the pieces tight. Most of the screws are secured using an Alan key that is supplied. The instructions advise that you need only a screwdriver to put the drawer runners in but I needed a rubber mallet too to gently locate the dowels as some of the holes are quite tight. The instructions are fairly clear with the exception of a couple of diagrams where a mysterious hand is pointing to something... I didn't quite work out the meaning of the floating hand but all was well in terms of assembly. The key problem was the weight. As you assemble the unit it obviously gets heavier so it becomes a two person job to shift it into position for the next stage. Doing this at 32 weeks pregnant probably didn't help but the item is heavy and bulky so enlist that friend!
This item needs time and a toddler test to really put it through its paces, however I have some observations already. On the plus side the boxes are a useful size. They will take toys and games in the larger ones whilst the smaller ones will keep action figures, pens etc in order. The item is also robust - to the extent that ikea say its suitable for sitting or climbing on (not something I will be encouraging). On the down side, there are no stoppers on the drawer mechanisms. This means that you can hand the unit whichever way you want, but there is a danger the drawers may come flying out. I think the design assumes you will remove them completely when getting the contents out.
This is a great unit that I haven't seen the equivalent of elsewhere. I think that I'll get a good many years use out of it as the contents of the boxes changes from nappies to toys.
Summary: A useful unit that should have a long life span
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