Friday, December 19, 2008

Better photographs of the Nursery

A. took some better photographs of the nursery, so I thought I'd share them:

View 1 of nursery

view 2 of nursery

View 3 of nursery

Now we just have to finish assembling all of the wonderful cartoon Ikea furniture and perhaps paint the baseboard. A. likes to tease me about how cartoony the furniture is - she should just be glad that she's been able to relegate it to the nursery - if only it was bigger, it'd probably be in other rooms in the house, too!

I should state, for the record, that I have two significant annoyances with Ikea with regard to the Mammut dresser. The first is but minor - they use two pieces of masonite to cover the back - could it really have taken up that much more space in the box to use a single piece, which, in the long run, would have provided additional structural strength? If I ever have to rebuild the dresser and glue all the edges, I will use a single piece for the back.

My greater annoyance is with the drawer slides. The halves of them that mount on the drawers are fairly intuitive. The half that mount on the case seemed intuitive, until I tried to install the drawers and saw that the drawer sloped slightly downwards. At first, I credited this with construction issues, but soon realized that while that might be expected after a few years, it shouldn't be the case right away. I took out the drawer and took the glides off both it and the case, assuming that I'd reversed them. Nope - the ones on the drawer clearly could not be mounted on the case. After cursing to myself a bit and blundering around some more, I realized that I had reversed the part of the drawer glides on the case left and right. After removing and reinstalling all of them, I was finally able to install the drawers.

I fault Ikea's reliance on interchangability of parts for this - it would be nice if there was some sort of visual cue on the glides so that one was clear as to which side is up and front. Alternately, the screw holes could be placed in the glides in such a way that it would be immediately obvious when they were mounted incorrectly.


artemis said...

If it makes you feel any better, I did exactly the same thing when we put together our Hemnes chest, which had mirror-image drawer runners since it has two sides. Except I had plowed ahead with finishing it before stopping to examine it all, so I didn't figure it out till it was basically all put together. D'oh! I got voted out of the furniture-putting-together club after that....

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Artemis - voted out of the furniture-putting-together club? Sounds like a plan!

Jennifer said...

I do love the color on the walls... so nice and soothing for a nursery!