“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Stool „
In our house, the builders found a novel idea for that awkward 'box area' over the stairwell in one of the bedrooms - they turned it into a built-in dressing table. Over the years it hadn't been used much - but as my teenage girls began to want to sit at it and groom, a variety of makeshift chairs have been pushed up to it. We looked at various bedroom stools but they were disappointingly expensive for what they were. Then we alighted upon this brilliant solution around Ikea.
The Oddvar stool is one of those simple and versatile products that Ikea do so well. You have to build it from the self-assembly pieces that come in the box - but grab yourself a screwdriver and it's easy. Following the instructions it took me ten minutes. The assembled dimensions are Width: 33 cm, Depth 33cm, seat height 45cm. The stool is solid pine and can be either left as it is or painted/stained. After a light sanding we painted our stool white to match the white painted dressing table and made an attractive cushion for it from the fabric left over from the bedroom curtains. It looks like the room has been styled - and for a cheat's price - just £7 for the stool (and whatever it cost for a bit of left over paint and material). I was well pleased with my Ikea find.
Once painted the stool looks like an integral part of the room - and certainly more expensive than what I paid for it. It gets used everyday and has so far proved perfectly fit for purpose. The style is simple but attractive. It is one of those Ikea items which beg to be personalised and looks much better when you have. The Ikea product information also advises that 'Fixa' self adhesive floor protectors may be added to the product if required, to protect your floor surfaces. It advises that the screws are tightened again about two weeks after the original build to make sure they are secure.
Available at Ikea for £7. Would recommend.
I have recently bought a few things from IKEA, and not having purchased from them before I have been surprised at both the quality and price of the items that I received. This little stool was one of a pair that I ordered alongside some other furniture. I wanted something for my house that would hold a large aloe vera plant, and also wanted something to decorate for a friend.
These little stools are solid pine and could be used for many things. Being solid wood they are ripe for decorating, distressing, staining or varnishing. I chose to oil and wax my one, and oil and paint the top of my friend's. I love to paint large celtic knots, especially Zoomorphic dogs, and this is what I chose to paint on the very top of this wooden stool. The earth tones of the knot contrasted beautifully with the pale pine and the finished object looks great.
CHEAP AS CHIPS:
My Ikea shipment came in two packages, all flat packed of course. The instructions and fixtures were all present and correct which was just as well as I am not a fan of flat-packed anything. This stool fits together in an easy fashion and the instructions are not really needed. It comes with galvanised bolts which attach through pre-drilled holes which are level and clean. The pine wood itself is untreated which leaves a blank canvas for creativity. It also has that lovely pine smell. The wood used has interesting grain and a few lovely knots in it, but the grain is random and both stools were quite different in pattern. I love this appearance and feature of natural wood and am not a fan of covering it up with horrible varnishes.
You will need a cross-head screwdriver and an allen key (supplied) to attach the 8 long screws and the 4 dinky ones. The kit also comes with wood dowels which can be tapped in with a small hammer. These go into the support struts. I used wood glue for extra security but this is not essential because the screws also connect to these pieces of wood. Amazingly for the price, you also get 4 chunky support brackets which screw in under the seat, making the whole thing very sturdy. The 4 dinky screws that you get in the kit are for these under-seat brackets and are easy to attach despite their location.
I would estimate that it took around 15 minutes to assemble the first one, and probably 10 minutes to assemble the second one. The wood on each one was very well sanded and smooth and there were no rough edges or unfinished corners. Once screwed (and glued if you wish) together, you are left with a cute, square, boxy little item that can be used in many ways such as a general stand for books, a stereo, as a plant stand etc.
I finished both with a coat of Danish oil and then a homemade beeswax polish. I left the seat bare on the second one so that I could decorate it with the celtic knotwork. Once that was painted, I oiled and waxed it like I did the first. Both look fantastic, the oil brings the grain out and protects it.
Both the wood used, the galvanised bolts, brackets and screws are great quality for the price. To make this yourself would probably cost twice as much, once you had purchased the fixings and wood. Despite being a softwood, pine is usually very forgiving and it is easy to maintain and care for. Even of you have a child who likes to occasionally draw on the furniture (I do have one of these), pine can be sanded by hand with no real effort and then it looks as good as new.
I would recommend oiling this and then wax polishing it with proper wax polish, not supermarket spray junk. It will ensure that the stool has a long life and looks great. Although the instructions do say that the stool should not be stood on, it is so solid that it would probably cope. This is a really useful and attractive little piece of furniture.
This kit stool cost just £7 which is amazing value for money. It is not junk at all and can be made to match any room that you choose. Pine is a pale and mellow wood which fits in anywhere, but if you wanted to colour or distress it then that would be very easy too.
I was so impressed with the price and quality of this item. I give it 5 stars!