|Source: Centsational Girl|
|Source: Ikea Hackers|
But then a couple of months ago, I came across this image in Est Magazine, and our plans changed:
|Source: Est Magazine Issue #8|
The study is right next to the garage entrance to the house and so it's a perfect spot to have some cupboards to store kids school bags, etc. Also stationery for the study and the all important 'games' cupboard (every household must have a copy of Monopoly!).
We went ahead and purchased Ikea Faktum kitchen cabinets for the cupboards back in May when Ikea had their offer of a $25 gift card for every $100 spent. We used some structural pine to make a frame to elevate them above the floor (purchased from Bunnings and they cut the pieces to size for us). A piece of dressed pine along the bottom as a kicker, and also on the left and right of the cabinets to hide the gap to each wall.
We had a quote prepared from a local joinery business for the shelves themselves, but when the design came back (see below) we noticed the shelf widths were the same as you can get with Ikea Besta shelving. So at this stage we're thinking of using them.
|Custom shelving design|
Here's the Besta layout, using the online Ikea Besta planner. We're thinking of putting doors on the shelf extension, to hide the double thickness shelf:
|Ikea Besta Shelving - with doors to hide extension shelves|
|Ikea Besta Shelving - internal view|
|Study Shelving - Work in Progress|
Plenty of time to mull over the options whilst the budget catches up!