My favourite things from Ikea

So, I have already failed my self imposed 30 day blogging challenge. I have no excuse, other than this whole house buying thing is exhausting. I am stressed out because of what happened last time, because we are meant to exchange on Friday but the mortgage survey only happened today (!!!), because we only have enough furniture to furnish half the house.

To solve that predicament, Saturday we engaged in the very adult entertainment that is a trip to Ikea. I truly love Ikea but my previous trips had been tainted by the hideousness of the journey to Wembley – the North Circular always seem to dreadful on a Saturday (or is it everyday?) – and then, when they opened the Reading shop we were getting rid of stuff rather than acquiring it, so we never paid a visit.

On arrival, we were really surprised at how quiet it was for a Saturday afternoon. On departure, we were shattered and remembered why we don’t visit very often. And this was just a trip to look at stuff, I dread to think what it’s going to be like when we actually make the trip to buy things. I think I will suggest husband takes a day off work on a day L has an after school club so we can spend the whole day taking things from the shelves.

So while I was there, I thought I would share five of my favourite things that I have seen on Saturday. In no particular order:

Stuva/Fritids loft bed: the Stuva loft beds seem to be quite popular – in fact, they are sold out all over the country and because of supply issues it shouldn’t be back in stock until late June. But Lily loves them and so do I. She has been going on about having a bed with a secret hideout for ages and this bed is going to make it come true – come back in July to see the end result! They have several options for doors and drawers but this is Lily’s favourite.

Pax wardrobes: probably the next best thing after fitted wardrobes. We really really wanted fitted wardrobes, but having just bought a house at the very top of our budget means we don’t have that much spare cash, so the Pax wardrobes were the reason we visited Ikea, to be honest. We wanted to see if they lived up to the fame and I have to say I was impressed. The customisation options were amazing and I love all the little organisation tools that they have. I have designed several options on their online tool (the most awful flash thing that keeps crashing but eventually worked) and we are almost certain we are getting two of those. Does anyone have one and care to share their experience?

Finnvard/Linnmon Desk: husband and I will be sharing a study, and I have always wanted to have a drawing board – because I do draw by hand fairly often. So this is amazing: a massive desk that will fit all of husband’s screens and that I can tilt to use as a drawing table (don’t worry about his screens, we are getting one each!). We just haven’t decided if we are getting this one, with the white top, or the wood one (which is 5 cm bigger).

Ribba frames: great looking frames, at lovely prices in a great range of sizes. Nothing more, nothing less. They come in black, white and wood effect but all my other frames are white, so the new ones are white too – they look great in coloured walls.

Voxnan shower shelf: this was probably the best thing I didn’t know I wanted from Ikea, a little shelf that attaches to the shower pole. Genius. I knew I wanted some sort of wire shelving for the showers, and husband thinks suckers wouldn’t work because of the tile texture, so I was somewhat dreading the prospect of drilling into tiles and cracking them. And then we found these, which is brilliant for two reasons: reducing the amount of clutter and no drilling. I hope it’s as good as it seems.

I have to say it was hard to pick five and I could have gone on and on, but now I will ask the world (or my 3 readers!): what are your Ikea favourites? Anything I overlooked?

Images: Ikea UK 

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