As predicted, getting kittens has distracted us from doing anything else remotely useful. They are endless fun and are entertained by the oddest things. Loo rolls (they think they’re Andrex puppies) and crisp bags tied in knots are two current favourites.
So due to the fluffy distractions this is now an old project but still a story worth telling.
Our front bedroom had fitted wardrobes which we hated so T had a great time ripping them out. We replaced them with a pair of IKEA wardrobes.
Ignoring the years of interesting wallpaper we’ve revealed I’m much happier with these (although not so happy with my photography – the nice estate agent pic on the left makes me miss the old room a little!). Lots still to be done to finish the room but we’re getting there.
So, where’s the story? I don’t have a great history of buying the correct sized IKEA wardrobes. In our last flat I bought them too tall. This time too wide.
The alcove on the left is frustratingly not the same size as the space on the right by about 10 centimetres. Rough measures which didn’t take into account the unevenness of the walls (still getting used to an old building) led to us finding out that the gap on the left was about two centimetres too narrow for the 100 centimetre wide wardrobe.
We only realised this once we had all the packaging opened and pieces ready to assemble in the room. I know, I should have learnt my lesson last time.
But having spent a lot of time browsing IKEA Hackers we weren’t going to be beaten by a measly two centimetres!
After a lot of manoeuvring, removing a Victorian skirting board and many re-measuring attempts we stumbled on a solution. By placing the sides of the wardrobe on top of the base instead of either side of it we saved the two centimetres. We did the same at the top, placing the top on top of the sides rather than between them.
This just left the issue of the doors – 50 centimetres wide each.
This is the part of our solution I’m most proud of. Look back at the before/ after pic – doors look normal right? Two 50 centimetre doors with metal handles? Wrong. Here’s the inside of the doors on our hacked wardrobe…
Awesome right? T says he prefers the giant door anyway.