Monday, 4 November 2013

Finding the Space to Live with Ikea

The door now opens to the dining room and hallway
18 months ago we decided we could no longer live with our old kitchen, the layout was impractical, storage minimal and with 2 growing children we couldn't even all sit down to dinner at the same time. At the time I wrote about our old kitchen here and our lovely new Ikea kitchen here, but I didn't make much of the change that has made it all possible - knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room.

Before we knocked down the wall our dining room was a dumping place and somewhere to park the pushchair. We ate in it once a year on Christmas day. We couldn't feed the kids in there on a day to day basis as I couldn't see them from the kitchen and all that nipping back and forth to fetch replacements for dropped forks, extra yogurts etc would have been exhausting!

Knocking down a single wall has been as effective as building an extension in giving us more living space and an awful lot cheaper. It's important to think about how to use the space we have effectively, whether it be by knocking down walls, rearranging furniture or using clever adaptable pieces as I think this film shows.



Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Ikea. 

7 comments:

  1. We are thinking of doing our kitchen soon. It's very scary the thought of moving everything out. The film was very handy x

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    1. Its absolute hell whilst its happening - washing up in the bath, eating tonnes of takeaway, having no water at crucial moments, but the second you get into your new kitchen you forget all about the pain! its a bit like being handed a baby after labour!

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  2. We had our kitchen done a couple of years ago, more of a refresh than a do-over if truth be told but it was SO worth it. We considered knocking the wall down between the dining room and kitchen to open it all up but in the end I decided I'd rather not have any future dinner guests being able to see the mess that I leave the place in when I'm cooking! :) Lovely post.

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    1. I'm not all for the complete open living space eating in the kitchen sort of lifestyle, but this is a nice compromise

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  3. You're brave knocking down walls, our next project is the bathroom, got first meeting about it this week, dreading the process, but dreaming about the results!! Lovely to see you at BlogFest x

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    1. And you! I was always a bit scared of knocking down walls - but not any more. I'l be very happy remodelling our next house (when we finally get the money to move)

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  4. Yeah! Good call! Buy yourself some more space. You shouldn't be constrained with the corners you are left with. Indeed, one must not be boxed in by a present layout, mentally.

    Enis @ Granite Busters

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