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Dare I say....Ikea?

Late this morning we went to Ikea, in Richmond.

With early estimates for fitting out our kitchen, pantry and laundry about 30% over our budget, we decided that we needed to consider interim measures for the laundry, and maybe the pantry, so that we could install the kitchen we want.

We found some options for each, so that we're pretty sure we can achieve a good outcome without spending thousands on custom cabinetry.  Ikea has some good ideas and good gadgets.

I was also reminded that every recent Ikea store has a similar layout.  Walking through the Richmond store today was a similar experience to walking through the Festival City store in the UAE sometime ago.  And that experience was quite different to the old Moorabbin store, pre-Richmond.

We also remembered how comfortable some of the Ikea armchairs we've had have been, and similar designs are still on offer.

We walked away with an armful of catalogues and photographs of items we liked.


  1. Dave an alternative solution maybe to limit your floor coverings in the initial reno, install the good cabinets and then do the flooring over time - It is sometimes easier this way as you don't double spend / waste money by buying unwanted ikea products.


  2. I like the idea Kevin. We'll have polished floorboards throughout the ground floor, and they're included in our contract price. Carpets are planned for upstairs, and we haven't priced them yet. I'll keep your idea in mind - we may get away with some rugs for a while, and because we'll be moving in during summer, the carpets could be delayed.

  3. With carpets, another option that might be cheaper is to look at the guy who did our carpeting. He operates different to most in that he doesn't have a warehouse full of carpets, so reduced overheads, which means he was cheaper than anyone else we saw. I found his card today going through my phone book. I can get it to you if you are interested in checking him out.

  4. That would be good Jen - thanks for letting us know.


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