In the past two months, I have spent over $1500 at IKEA. First, I got an awesome new pair of bookshelves to replace my aging book cases. which were also from IKEA. The problem with the bookcases (called Billy) is that they were dust magnets. They were tall and you couldn’t clean under or behind them. The new bookshelves I got are called Enetri. They are supported by a pair of aluminum side pieces, the shelves just slide in and rest on supports welded onto the aluminum sides. The advantage to these shelves is, they are just about 5′ 9″ tall, so the top bookshelf is about at eye level for me. This makes cleaning/vacuuming the top shelf a breeze. And since there is no real bottom to these shelves, just an open space under the bottom shelf you can very easily clean the floor and back near the wall. This is excellent. What’s also excellent is that the space between the bottom most shelf and the floor is just the perfect size for a Trissa storage box. So not only do you have a super awesome shelving unit, but also have room for storage!
After I got my Enetri shelves, I went and got myself an Aneboda bed frame with the slats and midbeam. This bedframe, despite someone I know saying it’s cheap, is awesome. It’s got a great price, it’s good quality and it does the job. It looks beautiful too. I already had a sleep number bed (Select Comfort) so it just slid into the frame real nicely and I am very happy with that.
Once the bed was finished it was time for a new bedside table and chest of drawers. Since I got the Aneboda bed frame I wanted to remain consistent with that. So I got the Aneboda Bedside Table and the Aneboda 3-drawer Chest of Drawers. Assembling them was really easy. The bedside table was done in 25 minutes, the chest of drawers took about 30. They are awesome! Because of their light weight, it makes it easy to pull them away from the wall to clean under and behind them. They replaced a night table from my Grandmother and an old 1930’s era wardrobe from my Grandfather. Both were in pretty bad shape and both were a pain to pull out and clean behind.
Next, my biggest project was to replace my aging Galant and Jerker desk combination. I had a 47″x31″ beech Galant desk (circa 2003) and a 1999 Jerker desk without the hutch. Needless to say they did not provide enough room for me to do graphic arts, school work and so on. So I decided to replace them with a big Galant desk system and a Galant 47″x31″ desk with A-Legs which could be adjusted to make it into a drafting table. I decided to go with White since everything in my room motif is white. I got the Galant corner desk, left orientation, with a 31″x24″ tabletop extension and a 12″ half-round on the end. It was a BITCH to put together, but once it was done…man I love it. The drafting table was a lot easier to build and it rocks.
Now it’s time for the finishing touches, which I am still working on. I grabbed a Black Jules chair (my desk chair is black) yesterday so my “guests” would have a place to sit. I also grabbed a couple more Trissa storage boxes…God I love those!
I also replaced my bed sheets with IKEA sheets and an IKEA 365+ Quilt and quilt cover. I tell you I am sleeping better at night…the sheets are so soft and comfortable as is the quilt. The pillow cases are equally as awesome, they dont lay open on one side, rather they have a flap that folds over the end of the pillow (like a sandwich bag) that keeps it all enclosed. Looks great!
So what’s left to buy? I want to grab two Lack shelving units with a lighting system that attaches to them. The Lack shelves are awesome. I plan to place one over my bed and the second over my drafting table. I also want to grab myself a new office chair, but I think I will wait another 6 months on that. The Markus chair is in my sights, but the chair I have now is perfectly good and not causing me any problems.
And that’s it for the moment. So, I have remade my room completely with IKEA products and it looks fantastic. I take a lot of pride in it and the fact that I work for IKEA as well. They are an awesome company with great people…to go along with the great products they offer. That’s always been my experience since the very first time I visited IKEA in 1992. I have always purchased my desks from them. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many different desks and accessories I have had from IKEA. Needless to say, the customer satisfaction level from my standpoint is a 10 out of 10.
Here’s a summary of the products which make up my room at this point (some photos below):
• Enetri Bookshelves
• Aneboda Bed Frame (Full)
• Aneboda Bedside Table
• Aneboda 3-Drawer Chest of Drawers
• Galant 47×31 Desk with A-Legs
• Galant Corner Desk Left, 32×24 Tabletop Extension, 12″ Half-Round Extension, T-Legs
• Galant Rolling File Drawer – White
• Effektiv File Frame Front with 6″ Capita Legs (Printer stand)
• Forså Desk Lamp – Black
• Not Floor Lamp (2)
• Tertial Work Lamp
• Trissa Storage Boxes 13×9″ and 13×13″ White
• Bästis Doggy Bed, Medium (2)
• Dokument Letter Tray – Gray
• Dokument Pen Cup Set – Gray
• Gestalta Artist’s Figure
• Bjärnum bookends (14)
• Signum cable management tray
• Summera Felt Drawer insert (for the Galant file drawer)
For information on the products listed, surf on over to www.ikea.com
Now for some photos…
Aneboda 3-Drawer Chest of Drawers with my stuff from Disney World…yeah yeah just shut it
Galant desk system with Effektiv File Frame Front printer stand
Galant desk turned drafting table with Tertial work lamp
Aneboda Bedside Table
Trissa storage boxes and Jules visitor chair
Galant rolling file drawer
Not floor lamp
AND…when you’re done with all that, this is what you end up with…LOL!