This is a wicked place I love ikea... I have been using their company for over 10 years their furniture is out of this world... and their prices are affordable I also use another rplace cause due to me opening my own furniture stor I need a wholesalers and found one!!! with the most amazing furniture ever.. check them out @ www.kassafurniture.co.uk
Over the years I have been through my fair share of Ikea furniture in my various homes, but in particular have become rather fond of, and indeed become somewhat reliant, on their affordable bedroom furniture. One of the good things is that some parts (bed slats, mattresses etc) are not specific to the particular range you have bought and therefore are interchangable. Over the years I have slept in a Malm, a Leirvik and a sleigh-bed like beast which I don't recall the name of! The Malm and the Leirvik beds retail for just over £100 (not including mattress) which I think is very reasonable. I have also had Malm drawers and other storage units- again, no complaints about the quality or the price there. I do believe you get what you pay for. I wouldn't expect a £50 chest of drawers to be in brilliant nick after five years, but if the bottoms fell out after a few weeks, I'd be more than a little peeved! I have constructed all my Ikea furniture largely on my own and never had any major problems. Of course I have put things on upside down, had to unscrew and rescrew a couple of times, but nothing unsurmountable. However, I have come across people who have just been absolutely unable to grasp the concept of self assemby furniture, so I accept it's not so easy for everyone.
Most of my furniture has come from IKEA. I like to shop there because it's cheap and reasonable quality and you don't have to wait to get the things you want to buy. So when, a few years back, I needed a new bed, I went straight there. I needed a new bed and mattress and brought them both from IKEA. They seemed fairly good quality and were a reasonable price. The bed was very cheap, the mattress could have been cheaper, but we went for a better quality one and paid a bit more. A couple of years on I still have the bed and mattress, but only just. After about a year the bed broke. My dad said that it is because there isn't enough support underneath and it wasn't just mine either. A friend has the same bed and exactly the same happened to them. When it broke we fixed it up and thought it would be ok. After a few weeks it broke again. We didn't have a receipt so couldn't take it back and even if we did, it would probably have been out of warranty. We fixed it again and exactly the same thing happened. In the end we got so fed up that we put our own wooden beam underneath the bed to support it. We also put ply wood boards over the slats to spread the load more. This seemed to work and it has been ok since. The mattress wasn't much better either. IKEA say they guarantee their mattresses for 25 years and if you're not satisfied you can take it back and get a new one. A great idea but, not very practical, I mean it's a huge mattress, not something you can just throw in a carrier bag. After a few years it has no support left in it whatsoever. It is like sleeping on a sponge. In the end I got a bad back (through an injury, not the mattress, although the mattress didn't help at all) and was very close to buying a new mattress. It was only that I decided to try a memory foam mattress topper that saved it. With the memory foam on top, it is much, much better but I was not at all impressed with the mattress. I don't really feel comfortable writing very bad reviews, but I do feel that in this case people need to know because you just can't put a price on a good night's sleep! I will say however that this is out of character for IKEA, their products are usually very good quality and last well. I do still shop at IKEA, but I would never even consider buying a mattress there ever again!
I can honestly say that 100% of my bedroom furniture is from Ikea... I absolutely LOVE this store... but thats another review...! The Bed I own a kingsize bed which is a black iron effect. It has wooden slats and has burnished gold effect balls...I've owned this bed for around 7 years and I think I paid about £150 for it..It was the second piece of Ikea furniture I ever bought and its still going strong...I've not had to replace the wooden slats but if I needed to, I can buy these seperately. The kingsize bed is 160cm x 220cm and I'm sure its slightly larger than a normal kingsize? I did buy a Sultan mattress with it but I only bought a cheap one as I was on a bit of a budget and I must admit I did replace it last year as it started to go lumpy. I've now got another Sultan Hjartdal mattress which is sprung and has memory foam and I paid £400 for this but its well worth it..It's still new but holding up very well so far! Bedside Tables I have two bedside tables from the Hemnes range which cost £39 each. They are quite small but they were incredibly easy to put together.. I've had these for about 3 years now and they look as good as new...Even when I put hot drinks on them, the marks from the cup wipe off with no problems Drawers I have the Hemnes Mirror Chest which cost £169. I've had this for 3 years aswell now. I put this together on my own as I find Ikea furniture really easy to put together. 2 years after buying it though I had to reinforce the drawers with a piece of wood across the bottom as the drawer bottoms were starting to sag. Having said that the wood is standing up well and sorted out that problem! I think that because the drawers are really nice and deep the chipboard drawer bottom isn't good enough to withstand the amount of weight you could put in there. The chest is in a black-brown wood and after 3 years it still looks in good condition. I did scratch it when the hoover fell over onto it though but its not too noticeable...! Wardrobes Ikea has taken buying wardrobes to an all new level... I have actually turned my spare room into my dressing room and I have wall to wall wardrobes from the Pax range and they are high gloss white doors which open... If you are looking to buy wardrobes from Ikea I would suggest that you do this online first. Their website takes you through step by step what you want your wardrobe to do... you start with the base and size, than the doors (sliding or normal open) handles, and the best bit for me was the storage inside.... all sorts of drawers and baskets, hanging rails, boxes... the list is endless. The only 'downside' is that you have to put them together yourself and as they are quite heavy pieces of furniture it can be quite difficult, however my boyfriend put ours together and to do 3 double and 1 single, it took him 5 hours.... which isn't actually that bad! We have had them for a year now and they are still standing! They are very sturdy and high quality pieces of furniture... The drawers don't stick and they are alot more sturdy than the chest of drawers.... The only thing I'm not looking forward to is having to dismantle them when we move! The cost of the wardrobes really does depend on what you want but they start from around £70 upwards for these type of wardrobes but I have seen some stand alone wardrobes for around £50
When I bought my house and was kitting it out, my first thought was to go to Ikea. Since a lot of the furniture I was buying would be for students, I didn't want to buy anything too expensive, and I quickly became Ikea-obsessed. Even now, when watching TV or visiting someone's house, I can pick out all their Ikea furniture and even accessories, which is incredibly worrying really! Perhaps it's a little ironic then that I chose to pick some of the least Ikea-looking pieces in the shop. I had two bedrooms to buy for (I already had some furniture for the third), and I was on the lookout for the following: bedside tables, wardrobes and beds. The rooms are only quite small, and being students I knew me and my friends would be more concerned with desk than a chest of drawers. A big wardrobe was important for my room, and it drives me crazy not having a bedside table to leave my junk on, so again that was an essential. For my room I picked out a massive wardrobe with two deep drawers, a double side for hanging clothes, and an added single side for longer dresses, trousers etc. and shoes. The wardrobe is a little bit dominating in the room, especially as (unusually for Ikea) it only came in a dark mahogany colour. It also had a mirror on the inside of the single door, which I thought was a nice touch. I think it might have been about £80-£100, which is good value. Four years on and the cheap bottoms of the drawers need nailing back in, but it's still looking good. It's the usual cheapish Ikea finish, and I wouldn't let any liquids get anywhere near it after spilling water on my Ikea sideboard. It was also relatively easy to put together and came with the usual picture instructions. Next up, the bedside tables. Ikea doesn't have much of a range of bedside tables, and I went for ones around £40 (prices of 2006). These are nice and chunky, two deep drawers without handles - the tops of each are shaped so you just pull them out. They match the height of my (non-Ikea) beds perfectly, and come in a range of colours. So I was able to get white for my other room and dark mahogany for mine, to match my wardrobe. I also added a Billy bookcase in the same colour into my room. Since then I believe they've discontinued them in the particular colour I got, so I was lucky to get the last one, and I managed to pick up extra shelves from the returns section. This bookcase is about the same height as the wardrobe and I believe cost around £60 with the extra shelves. I also managed to pick up a small white wardrobe for the spare room for a bargain price of around £45 because it was in the returns section. In perfect condition, it's a little short but leaves plenty of space on top for storage boxes. It's a double wardrobe with shelves in one side for folded clothes, and I was impressed by the attention to detail for the money. Desks - not traditional bedroom furniture, but I picked out the £20 ones which are basically just a table. You can pick the legs, and I chose silver. I was able to get one with a white top to match the spare room furniture, but I couldn't get a mahogany one for mine, annoyingly, so I settled for beech and may stain in at some point if I'm brave enough. Again, this is cheapy MDF/chipboard and although it's quite thick, it can peel off or chip fairly easily. I could probably do with replacing them. Set up is very easy - just screw the legs on. In the end I didn't opt for beds from Ikea. There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, I wanted beds with a decent amount of under-bed storage, and Ikea don't really do those. Secondly, I wanted standard size mattresses/beds, and Ikea don't do those either. Thirdly, the look of the beds are very boxy and square, and I didn't want to feel like I was sleeping in a box!! Finally, they seemed to take up a lot of extra space with boxy bits adding to the width and height. In the spare room the ceiling slopes, and I needed a bed without a headboard to fit partly under the slope. And I needed width space because of small rooms. However, they are fairly cheap beds so good if you have big rooms and you don't want to spend a lot of money. I bought mine from Argos in the end. So four years on, and there's not been much damage to the furniture despite the fact that about ten students have been using it over the past four years! (Not at the same time obviously!). Overall, I'm happy that I paid for this furniture because it's lasted pretty well, I feel like I've got much more than my money's worth, it looks good and was easy to put together. They could do with making better beds in different designs, and using better quality materials for the drawer bottoms, but other than that I'm very happy.
I am a fan of Ikea in general and I think their bedroom furniture is fantastic. I have the Malm range beech wood bes frame and not only was it £99 for king size (which I think is a bargain!) but it is extremely good qualtiy - very solid and sturdy and it is stylish and attractive. I also bought the headboard and drawers (it a headboard that has drawers either side that slide in and out so they are hidden away - very clever) for another £99 and I think its fantastic. I also bought the matching chest of drawers for just under £80 and they too are solid and very well made. My daughters also have drawers from Ikea at a cheaper £38 each they are not as solid as the more expensive ones but they do the job and have not broken in over a year (the wood is just a bit thinner and has pastic fronts) and again look nice and trendy. We have the Trofast storage system in their room too (Its storage but I guess comes under bedroom furniture!) and I love the design of it and also very good qualtiy as well as stylish and their room looks great and mess free!! Ikea bedroom furniture is definatly reccommended to anyone looking for some and I think its really good value especially if you have just moved or need to kit out an empty house it will save you a fortune! Forgot to mention - it all comes flat packed and ready to assemble! (which is fun and easy!)
I just love Ikea Bedroom Furniture. I find it to be stylish, modern, sturdy, hardwearing and well priced. I love walking around Ikea and seeing the bedrooms all set out, they are always so stylish. There is a superb variety of bedroom furniture; the collections include beds, wardrobes, drawers, and storage, right down to tie and shoe racks. They have tall wardrobes, small wardrobes, practical wardrobes, and trendy wardrobes. They come in white, black, pine etc. etc. etc. My most recent purchased from Ikea was two set of drawers (sorry I don't know the name of them) They are deep drawers, well designed, sturdy, look great and get this- only £39 quid each. I don't think it comes much better. The think I love most about Ikea bedrooms are the laid out rooms. It gives me so many style ideas, and you know you can purchase any accessories within the store, i.e. mirrors, throws, bedding etc. I found it incredibly easy to put the drawers together, took about 35 mins for the two. Overall I would say Ikea is top notch for all bedroom furniture (fabulous range of kids stuff too)
When you move into a new house you're always short of furniture, and when this happens the best place to go is Ikea. It's cheap with decent quality and you can take the item away there and then. When we moved into our new house we needed a bed, so we bought Malm bed. It's double bed in a fairly modern block shape, the bed went together very easily (why Ikea has a reputation for poor instructions I am not sure everything I have ever had from there has been fine). The bed is wooden slatted but one thing on this bed I like was the slats are curved so they curve up, giving you a far softer feeling and being less likely break the slats. This isn't a solid wood bed, it is the usual fibreboard with a wood look finish stuck on top, but then for the £90 we paid for it I don't think you can complain. The screws together very easily, as it comes in 4 main parts. The head of the bed, the foot of the bed, side rails and the middle metal beam. All this fits together using the usal allen key fitment (provided) and then slates simply drop on top (these are not fixed in place). We have had the bed for almost 3 years now and there are no marks or damage to it in anyway. It's lasting very well. One thing to note if you're buying an Ikea bed is that you will need an ikea mattress as their double bed is little bigger than a UK standard double bed. So if you have an existing standard double matress you want to use then an Ikea bed would be no good.
There are some habits that you inherit from your parents that you will always detest (in my case, stating the bloody obvious when conversation stalls, and rinsing dishes excessively before putting them in the dishwasher). But some you are proud to inherit. In my case, amongst other things, it's Paul Simon's early solo albums and Ikea furniture, notably mattresses and beds. I grew up, like many people, some distance from an Ikea store, so visits were perhaps annual and special events. Driving some two hours to the store, we would have a long list of big ticket purchases that we had set our hearts on. It was usually the case that we would arrive to find them out of stock in the warehouse and then fill our car with completely superfluous household accessories, and still spend a three figure sum. Ikea bedroom furniture has, in my experience, been consistently superb. Superb is design, superb in quality and superb in value. But these are big items. You just had to be sure that when buying expensive and large items that they were in stock before you set out on a long journey. Our first attempt to buy an Ikea bed (when I was just 15) was stymied because after a long drive from East Anglia down to London, we found none in stock. £150 of kitchen accessories and an armchair did not console us. Those days are over, and I would warmly encourage any nervous Ikea virgins to give this Swedish retailing phenomenon a try. The crucial development that has changed my Ikea shopping experience is online shopping and online stock checking. Ikea now support online ordering for much of their inventory in England. If you live in an area not covered by online delivery (like myself, in Scotland) then online stock checking is invaluable. When planning a big trip to the store, checking stock levels a few days before hand will warn you if you are in line for a wasted trip. The system monitors buying patterns and predicts stock levels a few days into the future, taking into account busy weekends and bank holidays by adjusting predicted stock down accordingly until new stock arrives. With this intelligent system you are 99% sure of being able to go home with the product you have traveled all that way to purchase. Now an adult, I go to sleep every night on an Ikea Sultan Hasselbäck sprung mattress that sits in a Lillesand bed frame. The mattress is, unlike so many I tested, exactly what I was looking for: firm and supportive yet soft and comfortable. The frame is classic but simple, and therefore effortlessly modern. Both were bought in store, and the low cost buyer-collects-from-the-warehouse system works perfectly when you know to expect the product in stock. Since I don't own a vehicle, it also helped me to book a rental van in confidence (see my review for 1car1 for my recommended Ikea shopper's chariot). You will find in Ikea a wide range of furniture that should suit almost any home. Bedroom furniture is flat pack, but even novices will find the instructions easy to follow and the end result satisfying (provided you take note of all the simple instructions!). For those after the complete bedroom package, complimentary product lines means your bed and bedroom storage can co-ordinate. I was particularly tempted by the current Malm range which is extremely popular here in Glasgow - you should find this range has everything you need for a co-ordinated room. Three final notes to those unfamiliar with the bedroom experience at Ikea. Ikea is an international company and they sell European standard sized double, queen and king size mattresses. These are slightly different from the old UK and current US standards, and to avoid confusion are sold by their metric dimensions. Beware that a new Ikea bed may not fit your old mattress. Second note of caution: a bed such as my Lillesand is available in three different sizes, but since the "queen" and "double" are only different in width, not length, they share identical mid-beams and side-beams. When you take a note of the bed you want to buy to collect yourself from the warehouse, beware that you will probably have to collect two or three different items from different locations. Make absolutely sure you know which size bed you want, and note the location down of the component parts. Finally, Ikea expect you to choose your bed package in three parts: 1) the frame (and it's components), 2) the mattress, 3) the all important slats. You choose each to your personal preference, with slats to provide the spring or firmness you want. The part most often forgotten by Ikea shoppers are the slats, and you won't be able to sleep in your new bed without them!
After deciding this week that my daughter and her ever expanding mass of clothes just didnt have enough space in her little pink childrens wardrobe anymore i decided to go and have a look at ikea. They have a lovely range of wardrobes for children in wood finishes, whites, pink and blue but none of these were going to be big enough for what we wanted so i had a look in the adults wardrobes range where they had a very lovely large choice for me to choose from and all at a very reasonable price. After careful thought i decided on there 3 door two draw wardrobe which is called Kullen, it cost me £69.90 which i think was very reasonable for a 6 foot tall wardrobe by 5 foot wide. It has a double door hanging space with just one rail which as she is still only small i decided to put another rail in there half way down, the single door has 5 shelves in it and two draws underneith. I love the look of this wardrobe and it was exactly what we needed but it was a nightmare to put up, you need to build it flat on the floor so you need a 7 foot by 6 foot floor area to work in so i had to move everything out of the bedroom, even the beds. The instructions were easy enough to follow, just picture diagrams and once together it looks lovely and does exactly what i wanted gives us a lot more space. It is very sturdy, comes with brackets to secure it to the wall and is of very good quality. Ideal for a fashion mad child or an adult.
200cm high pax wardrobe - Cheap chipboard needs stronger supports, when erected it after assembling on the floor it fell to pieces, needs some good old fashioned nails!
First of all let me say that I'm a great fan of Ikea stuff in general. For the price you pay you get good quality and all the fun of building your furniture yourself! However be warned if you are buying a range of furniture or adding to some existing items, because it can be important to make sure that batch numbers match up. We bought 4 items of the Narvik range of solid pine bedroom furniture 3 of which had the same batch number. The chest of drawers had a different batch number and the stain used on the wood was a distinctly different colour to that used on the other items. We ended up having to take all 4 items back [a real pain as we'd allready built the 2 wardrobes!] to be able to get 4 items all of the same batch number and therefore the same woodstain. I'm not saying this problem will occur with other Ikea furniture but it's something to be aware of, especially with the solid wood stuff.
I can't believe so many people actually are recommending Ikea furniture. I think Ikea is great for little things like cups, saucepans or fabrics. But when it comes to big things like furniture it becomes a complete minefield. We bought my daughter a wardrobe which we thought was absolutly great. we had searched everywhere and discovered the perfect thing for us, or so we thought. we collected it from the warehouse and set off home to start to build. We were very impressed initially and it was only about £100 which we thought was a bargain. And was very easy to construct, the instructions were easy to follow. after a a fews weeks the stupid thing started to fall to bits. The drawers fell out, the door was hanging off and the frame began to twist. When I tried to conplain to Ikea I got no help at all. They refused to give us a refund and blamed us for the damage claiming poor assembly. So I am still stuck with the nightmare wardrobe and when I do replace it it will not be from Ikea. Sorry Ikea
...the continuing tale of redecoration and refurbishing for the bedroom of the dave27-ettes... You may have read the first instalment in this series under the Crown Paint category (AND IF NOT, WHY THE HELL NOT!!!), and this next one continues the story. For those of you unlucky enough to miss out (poor misguided chaps and chapesses, that you are), I'll recap very swiftly... It's July 2001 ... the dave27 clan has decided to forego a holiday this year in order to redecorate and refurbish the dave27-ettes bedrooms and we've started the process by stocking up with Crown paint and now we're ready for the next stage. Now read on ..... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Björkvalla, Herresta, Bialitt, Ekeberg, Tromso, Kaffatorp, Morkedal, Ektorp, Klinte, Stromstad, Niklas... no, it ain't the Chelsea first team, it's just a few of the products you can avail yourself of at the very, very Swedish home furnishings warehouse retailer, IKEA, they of the blue and yellow sign and the exorbitantly priced hot dogs (sorry, that should be Hoetten Dogges). The man behind the craze which has spoiled the Bank Holidays of countless numbers of British slobs is Ingvar Kamprad and the name came from his initials plus the farm and village where he grew up, Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd. Kamprad was born in south Sweden in 1926 and from his early years he seemed destined to be a businessman. When he was a kid he biked his way round his neighbours and made money from selling matches. He soon cottoned on to the idea of buying them in bulk and splitting them up for small sales at massive profits. In 1943 he decided to set up IKEA and shortly afterwards he was invited to Paris to meet one of his suppliers and he gained some new ideas. He also started selling his products via catalogue and mail order and in 1950 he moved into the furniture game, quickly specialising in the sale of low price furniture, which was made b y local manufacturers. He opened a local furniture showroom in 1953 and the company started designing its own products in 1955. Then he started facing competitors applying pressure to force his suppliers to boycott him. During this time, one of his employees who was delivering goods to a customer decided to take the legs off a table in order to make it easier to fit in his car. This gave Kamprad the idea of producing furniture which was flat packed for delivery and the IKEA unique selling proposition was born. By 1963, the IKEA stores had started to spread across Scandinavia, with a branch opened just outside Oslo in Norway and the empire spread from there, finally spreading outside Scandinavia in the early 1970s, although it was 1987 before the first British store opened. Thereafter, the Evil Empire spread the length and breadth of the country and when it reached Warrington three or four years ago, it was close enough to give Good Old dave27 some real fears for his future sanity and this is where we came in with Mrs D insisting on a July trip to collect the furniture for Lewis' bedroom. I took a day's leave so I could transport them for the day and things were just about bearable because there weren't too many people visiting. On many occasions when we've been before, usually at a weekend or on a Bank Holiday, the place has been absolutely packed out and we've had to park what seems like a mile away. That's one of the worse things about IKEA - it tends to get extremely busy and almost unbearable. Be prepared for a load of hassle when you do go. Also, you need to be prepared for a lot of exercise all round, because the only way to get round IKEA is to walk, and it's a bloody long way with virtually no short cuts. The other bad thing about IKEA is the embarrassment of walking round with one of those bloody awful yellow shoulder bags which you are intended to use for your shopping. They make you look lik e the perfect English teacher (i.e. leather elbow patches, shorts and sandals) and I'd dare you to go into the pub with one of these about your person. Our shopping list included a bunk bed with space underneath for work and play (well, just play knowing Lewis), a wardrobe, a desk and a lamp. We decided in the end on a Tromso bed, which was made of silver lacquered metal. It cost £99, but when you got up close you found that you had to get a mattress as well and the cheapest one IKEA does is £80. The mattresses are bigger than they are normally in the UK as well (by about two or three inches each way), so you can't even really use your own. We were quite pleased by the price, however, and it looked sturdy enough. Word of warning - the Tromso comes packed in three immense parcels which won't fit even in a Scenic Megane with the seats down, so we were forced to strap them to the roof rack. We had a look at their range of wardrobes and had settled on one, but when I went round the back I saw that the back was actually just a big piece of hardboard panel pinned to the frame and we were not very impressed. We were resigned to looking elsewhere, which would have meant a very pleasurable trip to MFI, but in the end we came across the Rigga clothes rack, which cost just a tenner and again looked quite sturdy. For the desk we chose the Nero which was a crescent shaped table costing 35 quid and you could also get these feet for the legs that resembled either little shoes or a pair of dinosaur feet, very striking, although I thought they were a complete waste of dosh. Lastly, the lamp, a kind of coach lantern, called a Brons, which cost about a tenner, and fitted in with the blue and silver style which we'd settled on for the room. We were quite pleased in the end with our choice, both in terms of their sturdiness and their price, and there were plenty of other varieties to choose from, but I have to sa y that IKEA are best for trinkets and accessory type things rather than major pieces of furniture. You feel that they're a bit shaky and rattly at times, although that could be because of the lack of DIY ability present in the dave27 household. I'd also suggest that you don't browse as you can buy a lot more than you intend when going in because they stock some quite attractive nick nacks which are relatively inexpensive and appeal to impulse buyers (they've got Mrs D down to a T and I have to struggle to assert sanity and reason and discipline on an IKEA trip).
We (being myself and my fiance) went to Ikea to kit our new flat out with some new furniture. We had been living in a smaller flat beforehand, and it didn't give us much in the way of space to store things. Anyway, we went to the Brent Cross branch with the intention of buying a new wardrobe, bed, sofa, computer desk and chair. Having looked around and decided on what we liked, we went off to the self-service warehouse to pick things up. Now, I hadn't ever been to Ikea before and didn't know that everything had to be picked up in this warehouse. As we had a lot of things (we didn't get a new sofa in the end, we just settled for the desk, the bed and wardrobe). Other than the wardrobe components which the staff assembled for us and we could pick up, it was a nightmare struggle with two trolleys full of heavy flat-pack stuff. It was made worse when the wardrobe was ready for collection - we had to shift three trolleys against two people, and it was difficult finding a member of staff to help us get to the checkout. As we don't drive, we had to rely on the home delivery service to get everything home. Not only were they unfriendly, but they charged us a lot of dosh to deliver on a day that was utterly unsuitable. So much for service! Getting the wardrobe together was interesting - although the instructions were not bad, they certainly could be a heck of a lot better. Secondly, it most certainly requires two people to put the Pax together. The real problem came with putting the handles on the drawers - there's a single hole inside of the front panel. The handles we had purchased required two holes to be drilled into the front panel. Aligning everything up was going to be a nightmare! In the end, we went back and bought single hole handles (knobs) and just drill through the single hole in the front panel of the drawers to screw it in. We also had some trouble linking the units together, so at the moment t hey're seperate units. It's a nice unit - nice and big, but that's also it's downfall. With better instructions, this is a nice system to go for. We've now got a bed to assemble, but we hope that won't be anything like building this wardrobe!