After our holiday in August, we came back home and everything just looked a mess. I thought, enough is enough – I want to live in a stylish apartment, just like the one we stayed at in Hastings! I mean look at Tyler’s room – there was no storage – toys and a mattress on the floor, and his baby clothes storage unit that his clothes did not fit into anymore. Ugh!
I got up the Ikea website on my laptop, got my measuring tape out and started my giant furniture order. I ordered storage for our bedroom as well as Tyler’s, but I’ll cover our bedroom in next week’s post. I ordered as much as I could in one go so that there would be one delivery charge of £40.
For Tyler’s bedroom, I wanted to keep the seaside look so wanted white wooden furniture. So I chose a chest of drawers with 4 drawers, Kallax cube units – one with 4 cubes, one with 8 – and a white wooden double bed frame. We got Tyler a double bed as he spreads out so much at night – for a little boy, he takes up a surprising amount of space!
One week later my delivery date was here, and at 11am on Sunday, all the boxes arrived – brought up by some very friendly Ikea delivery guys 🙂
I decided to build them myself and my husband looked after Tyler so I could crack on. I started with the drawers – with a slight hitch – where was my 4-head screwdriver?! After a quick detour to Tesco, I then began. My top tip with Ikea furniture building is to read the instructions carefully and set out all the screws and pieces as per the picture. This makes it easier to follow the instructions, so you can find the pieces more easily.
I had a little helper pop in every now and then. I gave him my rubbish pink screwdriver so he could help. “I wanna do it too!” he said.
The drawers took about 4 hours to make, as it’s quite fiddly and then I couldn’t find our hammer! Plus I had a break for an hour so I could catch up on America’s Next Top Model 😉 I still had no idea where the hammer was. It was after 4pm on a Sunday when shops had shut. My husband went out, and luckily A.B. Superstores was open, so he got me a ‘Mr DIY’ hammer!
Next I made the Kallax cube storage, which took an hour. I chose Drona cubes in alternating colours of blue and red for the nautical look, along the bottom only. I wanted the top cubes for displaying toys and books, and one for Tyler’s lamp.
In the evening, we put Tyler to sleep in our bed, and then my husband and I set to making the double bed frame. This took about 2 and a half hours, with a little delay when we realised we had screwed one side back to front. But with patience we rectified that!
At 11.30pm, Tyler’s new improved bedroom was ready. Here is it:
We love his room now, it finally feels like a proper bedroom – first time since we moved here a year ago! Tyler loves it, he has been sleeping the whole night here since the makeover, and he keeps saying “What a nice big bed!” The headboard for the bed is bigger than we imagined – that’s the only thing with online shopping, you don’t really get a real-life perspective till you get it! But actually it’s perfect, Tyler loves peeking through the gaps. I love being able to keep his room tidy now – those boxes are amazing. And the drawers – soooo spacious! Now I have room to buy new clothes hee hee!