Besta da Best

After an early morning trip to IKEA in Elizabeth, we came home with some much needed practical kitchen furniture. As it turns out, showing up at IKEA when they open is one of the best things you can do to ensure a stress free day. There’s no one there, it’s quiet and when you’re done, you don’t have to wait in line for hours and hours.

Fridge Empty SpaceAh yes, the empty space conundrum, one of many conundrums we are faced with on a daily basis. We’ve got our new fridge in place and we’ve got our dishwasher and cabinets where they belong, but what to do with the blank spaces?! Fill it with the most practical and easy to build furniture in the whole world, direct from Sweden; IKEA.

Besta ShelfWe got a Besta shelf unit to use as a pantry next to the fridge. As usual with Ikea, the whole project goes from some pieces of wood and parts in a cardboard box to a fully functional piece of furniture in a matter of moments.

Ikea Besta PantryIn literally a matter of moments this cabinet went from a big white box to a fully stocked pantry, complete with a fanciful shelf liner! Wow!

Fancy Shelf LinerThat’s the Besta thinga that’s ever happeneda to us.

OK, so that didn’t really happen that fast but what did happen was we quickly got ourselves a good deal of storage space while not sacrificing our living space. That seems to be a theme with us, and that just so happens to be IKEA’s slogan for this year’s catalog.

“A home doesn’t need to be big, just smart.”

5 thoughts on “Besta da Best

  1. I always try to get to Ikea early, but I spend so much time there that by the time we’re ready to check out
    1. The hubs is ready to curl up in one of the demo beds.
    2. I’ve got more in the cart than will fit in our car (literally).
    3. Ikea is packed and we still end up waiting in line.

    Oh well, all part of the Swedish experience, right? The cabinets looks great! More storage is ALWAYS a good thing!

    • I can’t say I haven’t thought about curling up on one of the demo beds myself! 🙂
      We’re actually making another trip up to our IKEA tonight! The Swedish experience in America is an interesting one, but the Swedes are the best in the biz when it comes to storage solutions!
      Thanks for reading our posts and for the feedback on the cabinets! They are a work in progress, but the light color has already made such a big difference!

  2. I totally did that today! (Going to Ikea right when it opens) It is by FAR the most relaxing Ikea experience evah. Plus you know I’ve got some love for my (former) Ikea in Elizabeth! You can take the girl out of Jersey but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl! *fistpump*
    I would love it if you linked up to T.G.I.F. ( Thank God I’m Finished) Friday at Rummage Living happening RIGHT NOW!
    http://www.rummageliving.com/2011/09/t-g-i-f-thank-god-im-finished-link-party/

    xo
    Margaret@RummageLiving

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