Wardrobe Make Over

It’s funny you know, I have tried to start this post a few times as I am worried that it’s going to sound like I’m bragging, which would, you know, be a bad thing. But I just really wanted to document how totally chuffed I am with our new wardrobes – I mean REALLY pleased.

I lived as a singleton for a long time when I left home at 21 and only ever really had the need for a single wardrobe. So when M and I moved in together we were desperately short of storage space and so we bought ourselves a couple of sets of matching draws and wardrobes.

Wardrobes bought in 2005

Wardrobes bought in 2005

They were from Ikea and we thought they were ace. We had them in the old house in Haydock and then they moved brilliantly with us to N-le-W. However, after we moved we quickly realised that we had more stuff than wardrobe space and had to invest in a garment rail too so that everything didn’t feel squashed.

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But that made our bedroom start to feel untidy so finally about a month ago, we decided to invest in some new fixtures and fittings thought we would give Ikea another go. We firstly tried the PAX Planner thingy, which went horribly at first but after some perseverance we managed to get it working and came up with this design.

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PAX is the self build wardrobe range from Ikea that has mix and match interiors which include everything from pull out shelves, shoe racks and soft close, glass fronted drawers. Wardrobe porn basically!!

Anyway, we went to Ikea in Warrington and even though they carry some lovely furniture, their customer service techniques are patchy at best. We went initially to get a quote and were served by a young girl who looked like she tolerated us rather than valued out custom. Then when we returned to actually order the wardrobes we had to search the windowless and cavernous shop for an assistant as the wardrobe section was empty of anyone. BUT once we located someone she dealt with us fairly efficiently. However, here is where we me the 1st of 2 stumbling blocks. Ikea advertise that they will deliver the wardrobes for £35 and install them for 20% of the purchase price. So even though we thought that was quite expensive, we agreed in lieu of an alternative.

However, it turns out that the £35 is paid to Ikea but the installation people are 3rd party, need paying in cash on the day and will only come a few days after the wardrobes (bits) are delivered. So that was a NO from us. Instead we just asked Ikea to deliver to us on a particular day and organised the ever BRILLIANT Handy Macky to come and install & build.

So on the prescribed day and without too much fuss the many, many, MANY boxes of wardrobe parts arrived… which made me think, you don’t actually buy a wardrobe so much as a wardrobe jigsaw.

It took Handy Macky 2 full days to put 1st the carcasses and then the sliding doors together and  of course the girl in Ikea had ordered to wrong size doors which saw us hotfooting it back to the horrid store. To be fair to Ikea they refunded us £10 of the delivery charge and then picked the correct door sizes for us, despite them usually being self-serve and them being so busy, there were people queuing to get in!

But we did get the right doors without too much stress and honestly if you ever need a handyman around the Widnes/Warrington/St Helens ish area, then Handy Macky is your man. He worked SO hard to get things ready!

So whilst all this was going on, M and I had been to Ikea the week before and picked all our interiors, which of course came flat pack and we had to spend a good few hours putting together. This actually was quite fun and so when the carcasses were finally erect, we actually had everything else ready to go…..

It took us (well, M) another couple of days to get the runners and rails in place to accommodate the various draws and shoe racks, but finally they were ready!!

My particular favourite bits are the shoe shelves and M’s pull out tray for his little bits and bobs. But my ultimate favourite part and the thing I think set the whole arrangement off, are the lights. They come on when we slide the doors open and they are just BRILL!! They give off a lovely soft light and I feel like now I can really see my clothes properly!

We have also had a MASSIVE clothes clear out and both the old clothes and the old wardrobes and drawers were donated to The British Heart Foundation. They weren’t new, but they were well looked after.

Getting wardrobes from Ikea has pros and cons. The pros being that they were very interchangeable in that we could pick from a different colours, door styles, interiors, lighting and sizes. The cons being basically the complicated flat pack nature of the wardrobes and the hit and miss customer service of Ikea.

But overall, we are very pleased with the final product and the trade-off for the cons was the reasonable price. This post wasn’t paid for but I have to say, I am still a fan of Ikea furniture and the like. The shop is AWFUL, it’s the only place M and I come close to falling out and the staff can be invisible but their furniture is stylish and competitively priced. You are my guilty pleasure Ikea, a bad boyfriend. You give me a headache and cost me money, but I keep coming back!

G x

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