Friday, April 15, 2016

Ikea NORNÄS Wardrobe Impressions: Windows and Wood?

And taking a look at another Ikea wardrobe that I don't have.
Ikea NORNAS Side Table
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any NORNÄS products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in mid April 2016. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

First Impressions: The Ikea NORNÄS Wardrobe
Priced at CA$ 269.00 (US$ 249.00), the Ikea NORNÄS wardrobe had stated dimensions on the product page of 56 cm x 44 cm x 202 cm (width x depth x height). "Solid pine," "Acrylic paint," and "Fiberboard" were the terms that got my attention under the "Product description." There was a statement under "Good to know" about "One pull-out clothes rail and 2 adjustable shelves included."

Looking at the product photos, I saw a relatively slender rectangular box with a swing-open door and four short legs. The front door appeared to be patterned with grey rectangles bordered by wood. My first impression of those rectangles was that they were windows. Photos of the interior showed two shelves and a clothes rail that was oriented front to back -- as opposed to side to side or across the width.

Okay, first point to address is about the front door and those grey squares: upon closer inspection, they did not appear to be windows. I came to this conclusion after not seeing anything about glass or a clear plastic under the "Product description." It did, however, mention "Acrylic paint."

The other important item was the orientation of the clothes rail. This seemed cumbersome, initially, then I saw the note about it being a "pull-out clothes rail." It's different and interesting. However, the depth of the NORNAS is supposedly 44 cm total. That didn't seem like a lot of storage capacity to me. The provided shelf above the clothes rail and the one near the bottom looked useful for organizing items inside the wardrobe though.

And throw together the stated 202 cm height, four short legs, width or depth to height ratio, and pull-out rail: it looked to me that the NORNÄS was on the slender side. I would be extra careful securing the piece of furniture in place to avoid safety issues.

Final Thoughts
Not bad. I liked the look of the Ikea NORNÄS wardrobe. The pull-out clothes rail design and relatively small size didn't completely win me over -- especially with its price. However, compact and attractive items can be useful for a variety of reasons.

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