The better coffee-table toy-box

Almost 2 months ago now, I hightailed it to Ikea (yes it’s been a while since I’m able to think about blogging). Never mind that I was the only adult and had a 4 year old in tow, determined to get something to replace our rickety coffee table and provide better toy storage for Hannah’s growing toys. Never mind that it was a busy Saturday at Ikea (I actually prefer going on Monday afternoon!). Never mind that there were 1500 kids running around. Never mind that the items I needed would be bulky and cumbersome for one adult. Never mind that I’d only gone to Ikea once before in NSW and didn’t drive there that one time.

I knew what I wanted. I was determined. And I knew I didn’t need to weave through the maze of Ikea!

Before we went to IKEA

See the jumble of toys and boxes circled? That's only 25% of what needs to be gathered and put neatly.

See the jumble of toys and boxes circled? That’s only 25% of what needs to be gathered and put neatly.

Then existing (now happily previous!) toy storage for Hannah: A large cheap plastic box. Hannah could only reach and get to what was on top. While she could see through the opaque sides to the bottom, it was rather overwhelming to get to them… which often resulted in a very very bored Hannah, which resulted in a bugging-mummy Hannah.

Previous rickety coffee table

Previous rickety coffee table

The tea trolley we were using as a coffee table was also on its way out… and didn’t really suit our space-saving needs. Held my work and scanner (plus coffee table stuff!).

After we went to IKEA:

The IKEA Trofast solution to coffee table and toy storage

The IKEA Trofast solution to coffee table and toy storage

Now it has space for coffee table stuff, toys in their pink drawers and a small bookshelf for my currently-reading material, pretty candles and space for the ubiquitous hot drink!

The yellow tray holds our coffee table stuff

The yellow tray holds our coffee table stuff

It’s a better multi-use solution for this tiny space! Hooray!

28 September 2010

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4 Comments

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    Jessie

    11 October 2010

    I love the storage solutions that IKEA offers for kids. You are brave to shop at IKEA on a Saturday. I don't know if you know it or not, but I work at IKEA. I dread Saturdays!! I don't see how people can stand shopping along side that many other people. Especially all the people who have never been to IKEA and are lost. lol I think the bins look great!!! I am sure Hannah is much happier. :)

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    eddieross

    11 October 2010

    Perfect storage! Looks great!E+J

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    Anonymous

    11 October 2010

    Hannah needs a companion. Hint hint!

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