Wow, One Room Challenge Week Two! I’m focused on the Ikea hack built-in. When I took on this project, six weeks sounds like plenty of time! However, time moves quickly! If you missed week one and the plans for a teenage boys room, be sure to check it out. Are you familiar with ORC? Twice a year, Linda from Calling It Home hosts a One Room design challenge. It’s a way for designers and bloggers to support each other, give ideas and cheer each other on. The challenge lasts a total of 6 weeks with the final week as the reveal. Each Thursday, everyone posts their progress.
When it comes to kids rooms, I love organization. Sadly, I sometimes need to look on-line to see what an organized teen room looks like. This boy, however, is a bit tidier than his older brothers and has ideas how to maintain a clean room.
With Cole’s input, the IKEA hack built-in came to mind. It’s fair to say this part of the plan gives the biggest impact. However, the tricky part is we must fit three functional areas along a single wall with a large center window.
1. IKEA Hemnes Dresser
The Ikea Hemnes dresser was the starting point for our plan. The available wall space is the same width as the three drawer chest. This dresser is an enormous improvement compared to the last one he used. This is the before picture. Do you LOVE that large trophy on the shelf? It’s not his award, but he thinks it looks a little bad ass!
Truthfully, I’m not a big dresser person, and he’s the only child with one in their room. However, when I discovered the Hemnes, I was smitten. This was the starting point of our Ikea hack built-in. The clean lines and overall design of the piece fit our style perfectly.
Let’s talk about the size of the drawers for a moment. They are substantial and can accommodate organizational baskets. It’s nice when the long socks, short socks, and sports socks all have a home! #littlethingsinlife
If I’m raving about the drawer capacity, I cannot overlook the finished drawer floor/bottom. That detail sounds weird I realize. But seriously, look at that pin striping. No need for drawer liner and the pattern is dude-friendly!
One more fantabulous feature of the IKEA Hemnes dresser is it’s constructed of wood! Wood, people. Not particle board, a pressed board or another material mixed with paper. Actual wood. Now, this dresser is not going to become a family heirloom, but it will last for many years. I’m so pleased with how sturdy this is.
We did change the hardware. The knobs that come with the dresser are a bit small and I didn’t care for the black finish with a black surface. We looked a few different options. Ultimately, we repurposed the knobs from another dresser. It’s easy to forget that cabinet hardware is the jewelry and has an impact on a space.
2. IKEA Kallax Bench Seat
The bench seat portion of this Ikea hack built-in required the greatest amount of ‘adjustments’ to make the whole project work.
My last Ikea hack in our bonus room, required the Billy bookcase. Unlike our bonus room, this bench seat will be sat on. Thank you, Ikea for the Kallax shelf unit. It works fabulously for our purpose.
To raise the height, my husband built a base and secured the shelf unit to the lumber. Each side of the window seat has a 3″ gap. To remedy the open space and make the bench seat appear ‘built-in’ we purchased a couple pieces of stain grade pine wood.
Next, on the top of the window seat, we assembled three 6″ stain grade pine boards with the help of a Kreig jig.
Finally, to complete a finished look, we purchased a 1/4″ thick piece of unfinished oak lumber and a toe kick. These two items were found near the unfinished cabinet area at Home Depot.
Before painting the pieces with Behr satin finish Black Mocha, we did a dry fit. With the correct measurements, I painted away and the color is a perfect match.
A feature that makes this unit perfect for a bench, are the stationary shelves. When placed horizontally the shelves become little cubbies. That means STORAGE!!!
3. Ikea Alex Drawers & Desk
An organized space is an important aspect of this room. When it came to desks, the options were either too large, too small or I didn’t like the look. Since Cole desired desk drawers, the Alex drawer unit is a great solution.
Now if I’m going to be completely honest, I would have preferred the drawers to look different. Meaning a full front, without the hand gap at the top. Basically, I’d like the drawer fronts to mimic the dresser.
I have to say, as we sat in the desk area of this massive Ikea store, completely focused it was interesting to watch my kiddo contemplate the benefits and disadvantages of his desk options. Since he doesn’t use a hanging file system, he felt the five drawers was his best option. I couldn’t agree more with his choice!
I’ll leave you with a last peek of what the Ikea hack built in.
Whew, what a lengthy post. Thanks for sticking with me and reading how we accomplished this Ikea hack built-in! If you have any questions or want further information, please let me know. Also, share your comments below on how you think this room is coming along! If you have suggestions I’d love to hear them!
Until next week!