My 'What to Buy Wednesday' feature this week is dedicated to the founder of the flat packed giant Ikea Mr Ingvar Kamprad. He has passed away at the age of 91 years old in Sweden.
He was renowned as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century and started his venture at 17 years old after being given some money for performing well at school despite being Dyslexia. He only stepped down from the company in 2013 at the age of 87 so not a bad career eh?
You may love it or hate but for me personally I love the flat packed delights at Ikea. It's simple and very easy to put together, yes even for me who has struggled at other furniture projects. I like this as I can construct it all by myself and as a single mum, it makes me feel like I can achieve something amazing. I've felt quite proud after putting two bookcases and two of these Trofast units together.
My first project was the big trio storage unit for my son's track and trains. It's still together, very sturdy and holds so much stuff. My second project was a multi drawer unit for my kitchen utensils and accessories which I use instead of a fixed kitchen unit. I demolished that to make space for a dishwasher, well needs must and all that. Both these units took very little time to put together, the instructions were clear and for me who lacks patience, I didn't swear once.
I could actually spend all day putting this furniture together, oops think I may dig myself a hole there or maybe I could rent myself out as a 'construct my furniture' type person.
I purchased the multi drawer unit for £45 and this includes the frame and seven storage boxes which I think is great value. Flat packed, it fitted in my Ford Fiesta so didn't have to worry about paying for delivery The other unit was £50.50 for the frame and three large storage boxes and again fitted easily in the car.
It's good to look around the store and sample Swedish meatballs in the cafeteria, it can become a family day out really, the only drawback is that our nearest store at Nottingham gets so busy so I think we could do with another store to take the pressure off a bit. Just a suggestion. The whole system of the store is well worked out, I love taking the furniture from the warehouse shelves, makes me feel like I'm about to do something mega DIY'ish. I now have a healthy collection of allen keys Mr Kamprad would be proud of.
So fly high My Kamprad and thank you for your contribution of flat packed furniture to my world. If you want to find out what is available go to the website at www.ikea.com
Build to your hearts content. I did and if I could get more in my house I would. So what is the teapot rating for Ikea furniture? It's a.......
Yes that good!! Let me know what you think. Do you like it or totally detest it? What alternative would you recommend? Leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading today, please pop back tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday. For now though - take care.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.