For quite some time I've looked at pictures on Flickr art studios designed with streamlined Ikea furniture and drooled over the functionality. But, with the closest Ikea store eight hours away and no Kansas City Ikea on the horizon, it seemed unlikely I'd that I'd make it a reality in my studio. I've shopped all almost all furniture stores known to man here in town and on the web, and alas, didn't find anything that was as affordable or functional. Finally we realized it made sense to drive to the nearest store, rent a truck and haul it all back here. And about a month ago we did just that. It was quite the adventure. The day we arrived in Minneapolis we went straight to the store, and wow, I'd never seen anything quite like it. We spent the first afternoon walking through the entire showroom and making plans, measuring and consulting the floor plan I'd put together using a CAD tool plug in for Illustrator. That evening we ventured out into the frozen cold tundra that is Minneapolis (all the time wondering why we hadn't gone to the Dallas store) and had the most perfect dinner at Good Earth. The classical music playing was the perfect backdrop to a scrumptious dinner after a hard day's shopping.
The next morning we got up early, rented a truck and headed back to the store where we loaded up several carts of huge boxes after hauling them down from warehouse shelves. After waiting in line to check out, then getting all of our purchases down in the elevator (I can't go into details here or Boyd and I will have another panic attack), and loading it all up in the rented truck, we went back in for the yummy, obligatory lunch of Swedish meatballs. With tummys full of meatballs and incredible chocolate cake, we hit the long road home and made it to Kansas City before getting any rain.
A trip to the local Ace Hardware yielded a great drill and impact driver set. They worked great, were highly recommended by the sales staff, but the batteries wouldn't charge, although I managed to get through the next several days assembling the whole kit n kaboodle with the battery juice I had. I drilled through thick metal shelf brackets to avoid the terrors of drilling HUGE holes for toggle bolts. The shelves have been up for several weeks now holding all sorts of my junk and are still hanging. Nothing short of a major victory for two people who are afraid to hang a bathroom towel rack. The only hitch was the big corner piece to the desk was the wrong color! Eeek! Drive eight hours back to Minneapolis and then another eight hours home?! No way!! But, I remembered there's a business that is making Ikea trips now. After a quick call to them we made the arrangements and I'd only have to wait a few weeks.
The last of the Ikea pieces arrived yesterday and it's all in place now. Everything is so organized and easy to reach. I have dedicated separate work stations for watercolor painting/paper arts and soldering, so now I don't have to clean up everything when I need to switch gears for a project. All of the "spaghetti" is now hidden from site! The drawers under the printers keep all of the various types of paper organized and easy to get to. I actually have room on my desk for paper work and even lunch. Guess I'll never have to stop working now. And, everyone should have a fluffy sidekick to keep them company! But, that's probably the only thing you won't find at Ikea.
If you want to see bigger pictures, you'll find them here.