Paul and I live in a ground floor flat in Greenwich. Its’s compact; one bedroom with a small open plan kitchen/ living area, but it’s all the space we need for just the two of us and our little lives.
We’ve lived here for a year and a half and although we still love it I have felt a bit itchy to change things recently. When we moved in we filled the flat with furniture which was mostly kindly donated by my parents who were also downsizing at the time. Although it was lovely not to have to buy loads of stuff when we first moved in, now that we are settled I felt that some of the furniture was a big big for our little house and didn’t make the most of our space. So we decided to go to IKEA today and get some new things to freshen up the flat and hopefully make it feel a bit bigger too.
I love trips to IKEA! Like most people, we make a day of it, look around, have lunch, look around some more. Sad, but true. I really like IKEA furniture because everyone knows it’s good value and fairly run of the mill stuff, but it really works. The pieces are really robust for flat pack furniture and I’ve never had any problems when putting the things together. With a bit of patience, and YES you definately need to manual, it’s easy.
We spent less that £200 today and got a few really nice bits which I hope will make a real difference.
This is the MALM chest which is a veteran IKEA piece! A lot of people have this and I think it’s because it’s really versatile and has got a really modern and clean finish which can go in any room. Although it’s probably technically bedroom furniture, we have put this in our living room to replace a much bigger clumsier table which we weren’t using anyway and we taking up a lot of space. This unit looks much fresher and makes the room look bigger as well as giving us extra storage space with the drawers. MALM is great value at £39 and is pretty straight forward to put up! Highly recommend.
These spice racks went up easily in our little kitchen and as we don’t have much cupboard space clearing all the herbs and spices out and putting them in these has been very handy! They also look pretty cute and at £3 each you can’t go wrong!
My favourite purchase today. The lovely, leaf shaped coffee table called LOVBACKEN. We didn’t actually go with buying a coffee table in mind, the way our living room is set up there isn’t much space, but this one is tiny and looks really stylish in the space. Love it! This spontaneous buy was £40.
A successful day! We also got some shelving for the kitchen to clear up some counter space and a new bathroom unit, but they haven’t quite gone up yet! All in good time 🙂
Has anyone else had any good IKEA buys recently?