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Friday, February 27, 2015

IKEA BENCH SEAT

IKEA BENCH SEAT

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GOOD OL' IKEA came to the rescue for us when we created a seating area for Robert's bedroom. The idea started of with needing more storage to keep his toys and also all the homework and activities he completes at school. Rather than add a whole lot of storage cabinets to his bedroom I thought it might be nice to double it as a seating area and a place where he can play his instruments, read a book, throw his clothes (!!). Custom joinery looks beautiful but we didn't have the budget for it this time and so I headed off to IKEA with a sketch to find the pieces we needed.

The cabinets consist of two Alex drawer units flanking a double and single BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door panels. After building all the pieces, David fixed the bottom cabinets together with screws so that they stay in place. The cabinets are not as deep  as the drawer units and I wanted all units to be flush, so he had a piece of thick MDF cut to similar depth to the drawer units and fixed it to the top of the base cabinets with screws.

We chose not to fit skirting boards because it would have made the entire configuration higher and the current height is perfect for a child. It also lines up nicely with the chair rail we have installed on the walls of his room.

I sourced some lovely fabric and gave it to my upholsterer, along with my dimensions, for him to work his magic. So, that's it really! Pretty simple.
Eventually, I would like to swap out the doors and drawer fronts for something that gives it a more pulled together look but it works just fine for us now.

If you would like to try something similar I have noted all the dimensions and details at the bottom of this post. A few people asked me to post the details and I hope you find this useful.

ALL THE DETAILS

Left and right side drawer units: Alex drawer units from IKEA
Dimensions: H69cm x W39cm x D58cm

Double base cabinet: BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door from IKEA
Dimensions: H38cm x W120cm x D41.5cm

Single base cabinet: BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door from IKEA
Dimensions: H38cm x W60cm x D41.5cm

MDF cut to size
Dimensions: Ours is L180cm x W60.5cm because we have a chair rail but if the seating area was to sit against a flat wall it would be L180cm x W58cm.

Fabric: Barmer French Grey and Barmer Bleached from No Chintz
Bottom cushion: 180cm x 60.5cm x 8cm
Back cushion: 180cm x 24cm x 8cm
Side cushions (x 2): 24cm x 53cm x 8cm


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