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#1 LifesGood

Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:51 PM

Today I went to Ikea with the full intention of buying an Expedit shelf for $139 and some drawers/doors/boxes that fit nicely in the shelves so I could arrange my kids toys nicely in their new play area.

DH is NOT handy, I am but I don't have a lot of spare energy, especially at the moment. The thought of assembling anything from Ikea makes me lose the will to live. The boxes for the Expedit would not fit in our car. So I enquired about delivery and assembly. Cost $140.

So I decided that was not an option as I would rather pay more for a higher quality shelf storage system and have it delivered already assembled. Honestly, Ikea does my head in anyway.

Can anyone suggest other shelving systems that would look nice in a lounge area (nothing plastic-y or cheap and nasty) that could store all of the toys and paraphernalia that a 2y/o and 7y/o have?

#2 laridae

Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:56 PM

What about something like Inner Space wardrobes - they'll assemble & design for you. (They do shelves as well).

Or solid bookcase (so you just get delivered, not assembled)

#3 mrs

Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:59 PM

We went to Ikea on Monday, they wanted $120 to deliver one billy bookcase, I said no way to hubby will we pay for delivery that is nearly the cost of the item we are buying.  We will just go and get it when we take the other car with the roof racks, i didnt measure right and it didn't fit, we got the trofast small units but for another area, they were only 91cm tall so fit in.  I am using the ex deep billy unit for toys as it has adjustable shelfs and expedit doesn't fit so many of the kids bulky toys.

#4 CountryFeral

Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

I designed a whole wall unit after scouring IKEAhackers.. unfortunately IKEA don't deliver to Tasmania so I found an alternative at Bunnings. (the 'clever cube' system)

They were really easy to put together (even your DH could manage it) and I am really pleased with the result.

I'm pretty sure Bunnings would deliver for cheaper than that - or you could borrow a ute/roof racks from a friend?

#5 laridae

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:01 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 03/07/2013, 05:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I designed a whole wall unit after scouring IKEAhackers.. unfortunately IKEA don't deliver to Tasmania so I found an alternative at Bunnings. (the 'clever cube' system)



I second this if you want something similar - Bunnings normally have courtesy trailers if you have a tow bar too.  Officeworks have a similar one as well.

Oh, and Ikea do deliver to Tas now - I got an email from them a few days ago about how they were trialling it.

#6 LifesGood

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:36 PM

The Bunnings clever cubes look great, I'll give them a call and see if they can deliver and assemble any cheaper than Ikea (seriously countrymel you are overestimating my DH's abilities with assembling furniture - if it is more than 3 pieces it just aint worth it)

#7 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:36 PM

I've scored a few things on eBay.
Already assembled, local. One lady even delivered some drawers to me.

#8 LifesGood

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:37 PM

QUOTE (Akatara @ 03/07/2013, 09:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've scored a few things on eBay.
Already assembled, local. One lady even delivered some drawers to me.

ah, another great idea...

#9 belinda1976

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:41 PM

I'd reconsider the Expedit.  It's seriously not that hard to put together - I've done 2 by myself.  All you need is someone to help you get it to your house, surely you DH could help with that.

#10 Quay11

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:44 PM

Anything on your local gumtree?

#11 YankDownUnder

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:47 PM

You say lounge area - do you have couches in there?  I bought four underbed storage containers at the Reject Shop (the kind with wheels on the bottom) that fit perfectly under my couches.  I love them because the kids can just roll them in and out on their own and the toys are totally hidden away.  I could totally fit three more under the love seat, but we don't have that many toys (thankfully!).  Of course, this only works if your couches have fabric overhanging the bottom so you can't see underneath, which mine do. original.gif

#12 joyrocks

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:48 PM

now I'm scouring ebay. hope I can find good value. original.gif






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