In a recent post I spoke of my Bay Window Desk which was in a way, an IKEA Hack. As you may have guessed my home office is a small space, which it is, and I have spent the whole time we’ve been in this house trying to make the most of the space to be both functional, and a place I want to work and do leisure time (i.e. evening web design or playing my guitar etc.) I bought 2 IKEA storage cubes (KALLAX) as I saw a guitar amp storage solution on a popular pinning website and I thought to myself. Perfect. However this isn’t how it has now turned out.
Since creating a space to work from home in the forms off a customised desk I also created a space for a very over-sized shredder, however it’s really good and toddler proof. Not the sort of person to throw something away if it’s not broken, allowances were made to fit it in its own place…
This is what I came up with. One of the cubes looks pretty much as you’d buy it from the Swedish Manufacturer, but I have made cable holes in the side so I can place extension cables and guitar leads through the ‘cubes’ to make things tidy. The musicians among you will notice I have no amp. That is true, my nice valve amp had to be sacrificed upon fatherhood as: 1. It was too big and 2. I can only play at night when the kids are asleep and I don’t think he would appreciate me thrashing out some distortion when he’s asleep, and neither would Kiri! I also put little hooks at the top so that the top two baskets don’t fall off when you pull them out. A function that IKEA hadn’t thought of.
The other cube is a fusion of KALLAX outer frame with the MICKE inside drawers fitted to the middle separator from KALLAX – All highly complex. Not really, but it not being ‘real wood’ did mean there was a lot of huffing and puffing while fixing it all together and a lot of getting into positions that my body was just not made for.
However I was victorious and I now have a great space for storing office and leisure items — well until I have another idea and change it… Most likely!