Day 2 was all about putting together the bookcase/bench units we purchased at IKEA several weeks ago. We purchased two single IKEA EXPEDIT bookcases which could be used in a number of different configurations; ours would be turned on their sides to create very sturdy benches for the adults to sit on while they played with the kids. Several shoppers at IKEA tested them out with us to make sure they would be safe to sit on, it was lots of fun. That place is a mad house on the weekends, don’t ever go there then, go during the week, totally a crazy but fun experience I would not repeat anytime soon.
These wonderful EXPEDIT bookcases came in very heavy six foot long boxes. They are the build it yourself style furniture using wooden pegs and an Allen wrench. I must say they are very well built, the pieces are substantial and everything lines up perfectly unlike some of the other build it yourself furniture out there, my husband was impressed with the easy installation of the pieces.
The first two single bookcases went together pretty quickly and before we knew it we had our two corner bench pieces ready to put into place. Don’t they look great, sturdy too!
Up next were the double bookcases which we planned to put on each side of an existing bookcase we already own and planned to use in the room once it was given a new paint color. The double bookcases went together the same way just taking a bit longer with double the pieces.
Once we had the bookcases assembled they were much bigger then we thought they would be in width but not as tall as we needed to keep little hands out of the big girl toys they were not ready to play with yet. What to do???? We tried several different configurations but ultimately ended up turning them on their sides and stacking them to gain about four inches in height, which should do the trick. The bottom two rows are for the toddlers and the top two rows for the 6 year old, an even split. We had to leave out our existing bookcase and send it to storage for the time being, one less project to paint.
Thanks for letting me share day 2 of our toy room makeover, day three is the beginning of the fun part, decorating the room. There will also be sewing projects and painting projects some of which will have to wait until we return, after our new grandson is born.
See you soon.
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