Thursday, 14 June 2012

Studio Product: IKEA ALEX Drawer unit with 9 drawers

This is what the IKEA ALEX Drawer unit with 9 drawers looks like for those reading the comments on my Review: IKEA Alex Drawer Unit for paper storage.  This item has already found a useful place in artists' studios.

ALEX Drawer unit with 9 drawers, white 
UK - Article Number 501.928.22 £81.99
USA - Article Number 501.928.22 $119.00
Specification

It's made in the same way as the Alex Drawer Unit on castors (which I've reviewed) - except it's not mobile.  The dimensions when assembled are
  • Width: 36 cm (14.1 inches)
  • Depth: 48 cm (18.9 inches)
  • Height: 115 cm (45.2 inches)
Looking at it online, here are the pros and cons from my perspective

Pros

  • a very useful item for any studio given the size of the drawers.  
  • looks ideal for storing pencils, pastels, paints, other media and smaller sizes of paper
  • Also has space for all those odds and sods of equipment we have to keep on hand for matting, framing etc.
  • small footprint - ideal for studio areas where there are space constraints
  • scope to match the Alex Drawer Unit - same depth and same design.
Cons
  • deep - deeper than most bookcases (35-40cm) but not as deep as many standard kitchen items (60cm)
  • very vertical - which means it will need fixing to the wall to be safe, especially if young children are around 
  • no castors and not mobile - which means you need to find a spot and keep it there.
We recommend you secure this furniture to the wall with the enclosed safety strap to prevent it from tipping over. Different wall materials require different types of fasteners. Use fasteners suitable for the walls in your home (not included).IKEA

4 comments:

Tina Mammoser said...

I was looking at that one! :) I wish there was a 5-6 drawer shorter version though. I have a small (equivalent to 2 drawers) unit this footprint currently but then a 10 drawer A4 metal file on top. I'd love 4 drawers for paper and art (printing paper, finished drawings, packing materials, proofs/studies) but don't think I could get my filing into just the top 5 drawers. But might have to think about it! The filing isn't about space, since these drawers are larger, it's about categories.

Tina Mammoser said...

oh, ps, Ikea does sell castors separately that you can put on most of their units. They're only a few pounds.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I thought about that - but the reality is that when you have a unit that tall and deep it really needs to be secured to the wall or it could be dangerous

Ikea Assembly said...

It's all about quality and excellent customer support.

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