I love Ivar and it’s flexibility! I’ve used it in my garage, my workshop, and my kitchen. But now I want it in my spare room/office to make best use of the space I have, and to create a computer desk + flexible storage, at a reasonable cost.
As this was part of a complete room re-design, I needed to get the whole room layout clear first. We originally had a 4×4 Kalax in the room, but clearly this is no good for a desk, and didn’t give as much flexibility as I needed.
So I started by using graph paper to create a scale room layout and then cut out shapes (to scale) for each piece of furniture I might use. This included spare bed(s) and wardrobe. This gives you a way of playing with ideas. It’s not 100% accurate, as you also need to take into account things like skirting boards and wall sockets, and doesn’t give you any visual of how it all might look – but it does give you a chance to try different layouts. After a bit of trial and error, I figured the best Ivar combination would be using the 50cm deep shelves, with 3 sections 42+83+42, against the right hand wall. As we have very high ceilings, I could use the maximum height Ivar units, which are 226cm. (Don’t forget to check the size of your car if you’re planning to collect these!)
There are a few things that I aim to include:
- A usable computer desk space (possibly extending)
- Drawers under the desk.
- Some storage cupboards to hide my junk
- Some drawers for things that are better in drawers!
- Some way of hiding cables
- Possibly a lift of cupboard over the desk.
- Possible shelf for books
So I purchased the basic Ivar components and assembled it into the space. I set things up roughly as I wanted them (plus I had to store things that were originally on the Kalax!)
I’ll do further blog posts once I’ve done each “hack” and show you how I did each element that I’m looking to add. I’ll try and show you the working process too, as this is part of the learning process.