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Office 2.0

Published: Wednesday 2006-09-13.

Last week we emptied, cleaned and repainted the room we are using as an office. The old paint was damaged due to shelves that had been mounted to the walls which had brought parts of the wallpapers when the previous owners removed them, plus that you saw the drill holes. We opted to use the same colour that we previously used when repainting the entrance. Unfortunately we (I) underestimated how much paint we had left from last time and bought a nine litre box of paint. The paint we had left was just enough, so now we are left with nine litres of “caffe latte” paint.

[Newly painted office in caffe latte colour]
Newly painted (and empty) office.

Since we had thrown out the old office furniture we needed to assemble the new IKEA furniture we bought this summer and that was delivered two weeks ago. We had ordered a desk with accompanying drawer unit, as well as a two-level office shelf. It is the same kind of desk and shelves that I have at my work, except that we went for the darker beech veneer instead of the lighter birch veneer we have there.

[Assembling the “Effektiv” shelf]
Assembling the “Effektiv” shelf.

It is always as exciting to assemble IKEA furniture — did we receive all parts? Do we have the proper screwdriver? Is it possible to follow the instruction booklet? I have to commend IKEA for making assembly instructions that they do not need to translate, they contain almost no text whatsoever except for “IKEA” and the name of the piece of furniture.

[Assembly instructions for the Effektiv series, one per crate]
Assembly instructions, IKEA style.

In any case, the end result was good, even though the desk perhaps is a bit on the large side, it is at least quite dominating. We had checked the measurements to ensure that it would fit, both with a simple sketch on squared paper, and with IKEA’s own office planner, a computer program we downloaded and modelled the room in.

Using that tool was actually quite a good idea, both since we could get a three-dimensional view showing what it would look like, but especially since we could print a list of what to buy. Coming to IKEA already having a list of what pieces you need is definitely an advantage if you want to come out with the right stuff.

[Thea assembling the desk]
Thea assembling the desk.

Now we got exactly what we had asked for and needed, no parts were missing, and we even had a couple of extra screws in the end, and the final result was actually quite good. Now all we need to do is to get all the things back into the room, so that we can start using it again, and “reclaim” the living room. But first I am going to get my new mobile phone that, according to the Post office” package tracking service, is waiting for me at my local post office. Finally.

[Desk fully assembled and raised; still empty however]
The desk fully assembled.

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  • Dato: 2006-09-14 09.36.18 CEST
  • Navn: Eira
  • Sendt fra: **

Dere blir sikkert kvitt malingen. Selg den på eller noe. En kamerat av meg jobber som maler, og han sier at caffe latte er den hotteste motefargen på malingsfronten for tiden, tett fulgt av cappucino.

  • Datum: 2006-09-14 13.35.24 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************

Ja, skrivbordet ser ut att vara i största laget, om det till hälften täcker dörröppningen till kontoret...

  • Datum: 2006-09-14 16.16.25 CEST
  • Namn: Peter Karlsson
  • Sänt från: *******

Riktigt så illa är det inte, det går utan problem att gå vid sidan av skrivbordets kant. Men så fruktansvärt mycket plats är det inte kvar, förstås.

  • Datum: 2006-09-14 20.01.44 CEST
  • Namn: redtop
  • Sänt från: ************

Snyggt jobbat, du ser ju riktigt händig ut och resultatet verkar bra!

  • Datum: 2006-09-20 15.47.09 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************

Jag har förresten också handlat på IKEA nyligen. Jag köpte ett kombinerat kyl/frysskåp. Det var visserligen en dm kortare än näst bästa erbjudande på annan affär, men det var också 1000 kr billigare än näst bästa erbjudande! Eftersom kyldelen var maximerad (210 liter, ska man ha större måste man köpa jättestora kylskåp eller side-by-side) och jag inte behöver jättemycket frysutrymme, blev det en bra affär. Speciellt som jag hade presentkort på IKEA som täckte del av köpet.

  • Datum: 2006-09-24 00.13.49 CEST
  • Namn: Michelle Cole
  • Sänt från: ****************

Hi! We just moved and I am trying to undo the damage that the movers have inflicted upon us. They left our EFFEKTIV desks jumbled together in so many pieces that I'm not able to put them together. If you still have the desk documents, could you post them or send them to

  • Datum: 2006-09-24 00.45.57 CEST
  • Namn: Peter Karlsson
  • Sänt från: *****

Michelle: I'm sorry, but we've ditched all the manuals. You should call IKEA, they can most probably help you...

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