A couple of months ago we were given the opportunity by IKEA to improve the storage space in Graces’ bedroom. Our local IKEA store is in Bristol – which is around an hours drive for us – so it came as an even more welcomed opportunity when they confirmed they would deliver.
IKEA asked me to provide some photos of Grace’s bedroom and the areas I had the main problems with and their spokesperson, Marie Tenglund, would come back to me with their solution. Firstly was the teeny tiny set of drawers that Grace has had since she was a baby. She was using this as a dressing table and kneeling up at it.
As you can see IKEA provided Grace with a dressing table/desk, some great wire pen and pencil holders, a rather stylish mirror (which folds away for easy storage) and a lovely pink chair which is height-adjustable.
The next problem was Grace’s cupboard which doubles as her wardrobe. We had nowhere to put her shoes.
Again, IKEA came up with the perfect solution – in the perfect colour according to Grace – and gave us some fantastic stacking linen boxes to hold her shoes. They have a netted front so it is easy to see which pair is in there and it makes the inside of the cupboard so much neater.
The other issue we had with the wardrobe is the height. It is quite tricky for Grace to climb up to. So, IKEA provided us with some beautiful hangers (which I have not put up yet because of my shoulder!).
The final solution to our problem was Grace’s bed. Being a cabin bed, we currently have no bedside light and no bedside table!
IKEA sent us a lovely pale pink light which is now above her bed, together with some great box shelves – which, again, have not yet been put up due to my shoulder!
In full, this was IKEA’s recommendation to us:
We suggest you add a small reading wall light for by your daughters bed. (Just make sure you put this to the left side of her bed and not above her bed. She can then direct it when she needs to read.) The IKEA Förhöja wall shelves are perfect to add by her bed for her books and a night time drink.
From the pictures you sent I understand what you mean with the wardrobe. It is very high for a 7 year old to reach up and hang her clothes away. My suggestion would be to add a few IKEA Kläde knob racks in her room, so she can hang her cloths up in the room and then you (until she is tall enough) help her to hang her clothes away in her wardrobe. IKEA Skubb shoeboxes on the wardrobe floor should help her to keep her shoes tidy in the wardrobe.
I think the best thing to do now as your daughter is 7 is to add a proper desk with storage for all her papers and accessories. The IKEA Document pen cups will help keep her pens tidy on top of the desk. And as she likes getting ready and brushing her hair I suggest the new IKEA Betrakta desk mirror with storage will be perfect on top of the desk.
Grace loves her new storage solutions thanks to the lovely people at IKEA and can be found regularly sitting at her desk playing schools!
This post is in conjunction with the Family Together Campaign for IKEA.
Disclaimer: We were sent the items mentioned above by IKEA in return for this review. Please note that all views and opinions expressed are our own and have not been influenced in any way.