For readers who have been reading my blog, you may have guessed I am a Ikea fan. Our kitchen, wardrobes, dining table and living room media units are all Ikea and we really love them.
I think they are really good value for money, especially as more expensive brands offer close to like for like furniture quality and material. Those brands I speak of are possibly Next, Marks and Spencer sometimes even John Lewis. Hate to say it most of their items are flat packed but with a nice inflated price to accommodate their labelling. Thanks but no thanks.
I think the problem that Ikea possible faces is the inescapable: "familiarity breeds contempt" effect. Mostly everyone knows someone who owns at least one of the incredibly popular expedit bookcases. And why not? They are inexpensive, fantastically functional and perfect for a quick hack job. However, I guess if you see something everywhere the last thing most people want to do is "follow the masses".
Well being pig headed as I am, I like to follow my wallet and not worry about the masses. My point of view is that I am working to sustain a balanced life, not working to pay for items which on a whole do not truly enrich my life. Hence my love of the 4 letter wonder: Ikea. Rant over. But hey to each their own, right?
As mentioned in our last post, we had a bit of a mishap in the Kitchen. It is a bit of a long story, so I will save it for another day, but that mishap means we will need to look to expanding on our kitchen. Which ultimately means, purchasing new kitchen units. Enter the 4 letter wonder.
But here in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom Ikea has retired it's long line of Kitchen System Faktum. And replaced it with a new more modular system called Metod. Boy oh Boy is it cool!
Think smaller more customisable cabinets and doors and new draw solutions for any kitchen. Everything looks to be in increments of 20 centimetres. So units that are 20 cm, 40 cm, 60 cm, and finally 80 cm. Doesn't sound that radical, but it really makes for fun "legoish" design
According to Ikea:
Our new kitchen system METOD, is Swedish for method, because it's a great system, designed to give you total freedom to personalise your kitchen layout, style and functionality, whatever the size of your home, or your budget
I am loving the black kitchen by the way, if we have a bigger space I would reconsider totally.
Thankfully, they still make our doors as there have been some changes to their door line. Big problem here is this system is not compatiable with our existing Faktum system so we may need to do a bit of hacking to make it work.
But so far I do think it is a better system. I have visited Ikea to check out this new line and it looked and felt almost a bit of better quality then Faktum. Not sure what the plans are to bring this to outher countries however you can check out their new line here.
On completely separate note, besides the Kitchen I am so in love with a recently added bed model for 2015:
I am seriously in LOVE:
In fact, guys I spent the last pennies of our bedroom budget on purchasing it! Yup, the bedroom budget has been blown. We just purchased it today and will be getting it shipped in a few weeks times. Hopefully that will give me the time to finish up on the bedroom?
Maybe.. just maybe.