Fun with Ikea Construction

The saga that was “building the wardrobes” has finally come to an end for the poor Mr., nearly 24 hours after he began the task.

We received the Ikea shipment in the early afternoon on Thursday. Before the Mr. could begin constructing the wardrobes, however, he wanted to first put together a small storage unit we had also ordered called “Besta.”

The "Besta" unit in our entrance room

We’re not entirely sure what we’re going to put into this yet. At the moment, it’s sitting in the entry room next to the bedroom door. We’re thinking we might put the dining room table directly across from it, which would place the table almost center in the room but towards the far end near the lounge and office/guest room doors. Putting the table here would mean this room would double as a sort of entry room/dining room. On the one hand, I’d love to be able to just have this room wide open and nearly empty (except for Besta and a coat and shoe rack), but on the other hand it would fit in the above-described area and would mean we have more space in the lounge. (And somehow I think we will need that space for book shelves….) Anyway, Besta might end up being stuffed with an assortment of dining room table stuff (dishes, candle holder, etc) and winter gear like hats & mittens.

So it wasn’t until early evening on Thursday that the Mr. started the wardrobes. We actually purchased two wardrobes to be connected together because one wouldn’t have been big enough, that’s for sure. To be honest, I probably needed this entire thing just to myself and then maybe then all my stuff would have fit. Maybe. But now I’ll be spreading out the rest between a chest of drawers next to the bed and our storage room in the cellar.

the Mr.’s progress over the next 24-hours (not including breaks and sleep) looked something like this:

Constructing the body of one wardrobe

Fun with the power drill

All finished!

Yeah, that’s the abbreviated version, that’s for sure.  Three photos just don’t do a solid 24-hours’ worth of work much justice! We’re really happy with how they turned out, though. The Mr. thinks the darker wardrobe probably still would have looked okay, but I think the white color helps the room still feel spacious and bright even though the wardrobes are now taking up a huge part of it.

One the one hand, these two wardrobes cost us a lot of money and the Mr.’s blood, sweat and tears. Well, okay, no tears but a lot of sweat. If we were living in the US, the apartment or house we moved into most likely would have had (a) closet(s), (most likely several of them), eliminating the need for such an expensive and expansive monolith in our bedroom. On the other hand, I love the way it looks and it certainly adds character to the bedroom. Plus, a wardrobe instead of a closet means you have all sorts of cool built-in features like this:

Shelf, hanging clothes rack and shoe storage system

Jewelry & knick-knack storage, trouser rack

Built-in drawers on the Mr.'s side

The only bit of the wardrobes I put together was installing the shoe horns on one of the shoe racks. I  also helped lifting the heavy glass doors, etc. as necessary. I kept offering the Mr. more help, but he would mumble something about how I would “cause him more work if I tried to help,” or something to that effect. By the end, he was starting to really lose it and I felt badly. He ached all over and said that other than moving, it was the hardest physical work he had ever done. He said he couldn’t believe how much work it turned out being to construct it, and had naively imagined a job requiring only a few hours’ worth of effort. He worked all afternoon and evening on Thursday, all day Friday and until the early afternoon on Saturday. He also mentioned several times during this process that a kitchen “wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.” Uh-oh….

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About bittenbythebug

I love travel and have always been fascinated by other cultures. Back in 2004, I began my life as an expat in Edinburgh, Scotland. Fast forward 5 1/2 amazing years later to 2010 and the new chapter in my expat adventure: Würzburg, Germany.
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7 Responses to Fun with Ikea Construction

  1. Lindsey says:

    I agree, white was a good choice. Wardrobes look awesome. So do your floors. The rooms themselves look quite big too. What we need now is a diagram of the flat – a little pen and ink version would be fine. 🙂

  2. Ryan says:

    I’ve put together my share of IKEA stuff and yea, especially the larger pieces, you end up using a lot of rarely used muscles to pick up and position all those heavy MDF boards where they need to be, to screw them together.

    Oh yea, then there’s those special connectors where the screw has to ‘catch’ in the receiver and you give it a quarter turn to lock it in, but sometimes it doesn’t lock in and you give it 20,000 newton meters of torque until your hand is ready to fall off, and then the MDF buckles on you a little bit and you get angry.

  3. Bonnie says:

    They look great! I love the add-ins. Give Tom some ibuprofen and a kiss.

  4. fenella says:

    I don’t remember our wardrobes being a problem. In fact, I’m now wondering if we had them built by other people, but i doubt it. We had so much that came in all at once. Oh well, you were offering! But we certainly didn’t do the kitchen ourselves. You should mention that to Tom….

    It does look nice. We went on the same principle in the kitchen – using a reflective white cupboard because of the lack of light and space there.

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