I've been thinking about getting the Alex flat files from Ikea for a long time. For a couple of years actually. At one point my local Ikea said they were being discontinued and had them for a reduced price. And yet I still hesitated. But the other day when I had just about had it with the lack of organized paper management in my office (I have 13 design clients I am juggling right now) I decided it was time. So last week when I was in the area, I stopped into Ikea and picked one up.
|My office before Alex
Friday morning I carved out a little time to build it. It didn't take long at all. Compared to other Ikea furniture, which I think is the least complicated of all the build-your-own furniture to put together, this was probably the easiest. I started around 8:30 ...
I brought the box into my office where I would put it together. That was by far the hardest part - those boxes are HEAVY!
I removed everything from the box and as I was on my hands and knees sorting all the pieces I was shocked at all the cat and dog hair on the carpet. Had to take care of that first - eesh.
The first thing I aways do is separate the parts. It makes the job go much faster in the long run and if there is a part missing (rarely, but it happens) it is less frustrating to know up front.
Next I got the necessary tools together ...
I didn't get too far before I had to get some relief from the heat!
Got all the drawers put together ...
And needed a little energy (thanks girls!). All fruit no sugar added Mega Mango. (Day 5 of no sugar - woo hooo!).
Then all I had to do was put in the drawers and tighten the screws. Done!
Meet Alex. Isn't he gorgeous?
I had a piece of glass that used to be on an old nightstand - I can have it cut to size later. All finished and not even 10:00 yet. Not bad, huh?
I couldn't resist dressing it up a bit so I went into the garden to see what I could find. My roses are so pretty right now!
What do you think?
I love it! I think it fits just right and the best part is it will help me stay more organized. That is a great thing.
Jack, well he is not too sure.