I’m sticking to the subject of storage, but this week I’m trying to balance utility with aesthetics. In Australia, we are lagging when it comes to planning built-in cabinetry in the design stage of our new homes. We manage to get it right in the kitchen and bathroom, and recently in the bedroom too, but our living areas and dining rooms typically get fitted out with non-custom, ad-hoc items of furniture.
Is this because we are such cool, unique collectors of eclectic pieces that ooze character and style? Nope. It’s because built-in cabinetry costs so bloody much.
Example one: House By the Water. Cost to add a built-in-robe (1.37 m wide) to our study to convert the room to a bedroom. $2200. (Rejected.)
Example two: Friend’s home. Cost to install book shelves to all walls of one medium room to create a library. $50 000. (Rejected.)
Luckily the Nice Wolf is handy, and when equipped with time, he will make us some lovely shelves for our future library, dining room and scullery. I might have to wait until he retires for furniture and cabinetry. In our laundry, we’ll need overhead cabinets. The garage overflow can go here, plus we’ll need to hide what I imagine will be an ugly, exposed (but oh, so convenient) laundry chute.
The plan is to turn this:
into something more like these:
It might be in our laundry, that Ikea has its “House By The Water moment”. When we gutted an old kitchen years ago, we used some Ikea components for the new pantry and cabinets. The quality was good. So I sketched up some laundry plans for HBTW and dived into the Ikea website. Woah! It’s a minefield of choices and digital tools in there. I found it quite overwhelming and it’s probably best to head into Ikea and leave the maths and design up to their kitchen planners. Never-the-less, I managed to come up with a basic list of what we’ll need for laundry wall cabinets and a price estimate. $750.
Trying to shop around, I checked out Masters’ website too. Although their selection is limited, the pieces all work together, so creating a shopping list was much easier. Price estimate $750. I wondered whether Ikea’s doors could be put on Masters’ cabinets, but the sizes are mismatched.
I also had a quick squizz at Gumtree for second-hand wall cabinets. Most look dated and heavy, but there is potential there, at least to use the bases, if you are prepared to be flexible with layout.
Did you add cabinets to your home?
Have you got your own scary custom-cabinets quote to share?
Have you dabbled with cabinet installation?
Do you know a great place to have it all done for you at Ikea/Masters’ prices?