Googling around, we came across something that looked plausible, from Ikea. Not being previous Ikea-ites, this required a bit more research before splashing out. I was a bit dubious, frankly, so one evening after work I drove over to the Leeds Ikea, and wandered the maze of twisty little caverns, snapping photos of the installations we had identified via the web. We looked these over at the weekend, and decided they seemed fine.
There’s also a spiffy little online design tool, so we played around with various options for quite some time, before deciding on a configuration. This was great, as we ended up with something quite different from our original ideas. We ordered it, paid an extra £35 for delivery, and sat back to wait.
|that’s a lot of flat-pack|
The first weekend we tackled construction, we managed to erect two of the carcasses.
|two down, four to go|
|ready for the shelves (the ice cream cartons are to hold the various fixings)|
|the finished construction, awaiting content|
I was very impressed with the build quality. Sure, the “wood” is laminate over fibreboard, but the fixings are solid, and everything fits together snugly, solidly, and firmly.
Given the number of carcasses, shelves, and drawers, we managed some small process improvements as we went. One of these was rather peculiar. On the bottom of each drawer are a couple of plastic clips that hold the drawer on the runners. The instructions say to install the clip after the drawer is placed on the runners; this is quite fiddly to do. As we were assembling the drawers for the second small carcass, Charles said: “let’s put the plastic bits in before we install the drawers”. So I took the drawer we’d just assembled, turned it over, and pushed the clips in place. “Oh, I meant the plastic bits for the shelves, but that looks a good idea.” It was: it made the drawers much easier to install.
So, it was a good idea, but who actually had it? I was just following what I thought Charles had suggested; he was actually suggesting something quite different!