'Ikea Hack' Study/Craft Table and Storage - Sweet Bunny



After my study table and shelf fiasco, I needed a proper study/craft area. Thankfully, I had enough space on the other side of the room so I decided to purchase some readymade furniture. I searched on the entire internet for local furniture stores but didn’t like the layout of the table or felt there was just never enough storage for my projects and knick-necks.

At my wit's end, Ikea came to mind, as a huge fan of Ikea hacks, I decided to give it a go and was hope my attempt will not be an absolute failure so here I go sharing with you my “Ikea Hack Venture”.

Ikea Hack Study and Storage no drilling of walls




What you need to prepare for an Ikea Hack -When you began any project you have to ensure that you get all your requirements written down as well as the exact measurements of the area in your home that is available. It is important not to lose focus and get distracted by all the fancy options that are available but to really purchase what you need. In my case, I need a desk and a lot of storage.

Find ways to visualise how the outcome - To help me have an idea of how my Ikea hack will turn out I used Powerpoint and drag and drop about the pictures of the furniture to have a feel of how my setup would turn out. I didn’t want to have any drilling done onto the walls so my aim was to have furniture that would fit together like a set and all I needed to do is shift them around and place them where I desire. It also helped me see where I have to avoid for example I wanted 3 Silveran shelves as it would fit the length of my desk but I have an electrical outlet near the left side of my desk so I had to scrap that idea. 


The furniture I purchased from Ikea online store, Tampines was the

1)HAVSTA Storage combination with doors, white81x47x212 cm,

2)Silveran High Cabinet X 2 

3)HEMNES DESK W 2 DRWS 120X47 WHITE STAIN AP.

I also opted for the professionals to fix up the furniture for me to save time and because we were installing a ton of other stuff such as curtains and other appliances concurrently. I really like all the installation staff from Ikea, they were polite, funny and super helpful. They were also careful to ensure that they followed the covid-19 safety procedures that Ikea had set for them such as having their mask on all the time during their work in my home.

They were surprised about my Ikea hack idea and said Madam these Silveran High Cabinets are meant for the bathroom. I told him I knew but I want to use them as bookshelves instead. I also instructed him not to install the bottom two doors or the legs of the cabinet as I would be placing the HEMNES desk in front of the cabinets and still wanted to be able to store items under my desk to maximise the use of the space. 

extra storage under ikea HEMNES DESK



As for the HAVSTA Storage combination, I used it to keep my books, crafts items and documents. It is also my mini command centre where I keep all our important letters and notices. I will elaborate more in another post on how I organise my documents. 


He also kindly offer to nail the two cabinets together so they would be more secure and would not shift around. I also instructed them to help me shift the HAVSTA Storage combination to the side of my desk and the Silveran High Cabinet combination.


 I really liked the all-white vintage barn look of my new study. Now I have plenty of space for all my stuff.  For the top shelves, I stuck whiteboards from Daiso to scribble down notes on my to-do list as well as keep track of bills. I prefer to keep everything hidden away to minimise the clutter around my work desk. At the top of the cabinet, I can do a bit of decoration to brighten up my side of the room. 

I shifted the shelves closer to the cabinet after I finish cleaning up after we completely moved in.


Silveran High Cabinet used as book and stationery storage




If you put your mind to it you can do your very own Ikea Hack, furniture don't always have to be used the way it was built you could always customise it to your needs and liking that is the beauty of Ikea furniture. But as always keep in mind safety first of course never create anything unsafe for you and your family to use.




 

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