My old room was seriously lacking. All this time, I’ve been sleeping on a cheap twin-sized bed for crying out loud. The metal bed frame was wobbly and utter junk. I’m pretty sure it was pilfered from a random alleyway dumpster… then given to me to use.
Instead of spending so much money elsewhere, I should have invested more in upgrading my room. Frankly speaking, I was never really motivated to do so because I didn’t feel connected with where I was living. The extent of my motivation was when I went to OfficeMax and bought a desk…
Now that I was moving, I felt compelled to devote much needed attention to my room. I updated my bed to something a normal adult should sleep in: a full-size mattress on an Ikea Malm bed frame + nightstand with Ikea Sultan Laxeby slats. This bed frame combo was love at first sight. I loved the contemporary simplicity of its design and the low-slung profile. Best of all, in character with Ikea, it was affordable. Also, after using the same alarm clock since 1997, I finally bought myself a new one…
For my desk and “office”, I chose an Ikea Galant table with chrome A-legs and black wood top. I was sick of glass tops, they just don’t feel right. The desk lamp is a nickel plated Ikea Forsa. The chair is a Scandinavian Designs Ovata high back.
I made sure to deliberate on the ergonomics and dialed the desk to a leveled and appropriate height. Preferably, to set the desk height, you want to sit in the chair upright with your arms hanging naturally and your elbow at a 90 degree angle.
People like to knock Ikea, but for the best bang for the buck, they are hard to beat. I agree that many of their items are rubbish, you just have to know what you’re looking for and be wary of their low-end lines. My bed and desk are sturdy and well designed. I personally think my room’s arrangement is pimp and it didn’t break the bank. Ballin’ on a budget at its finest. I could just as easily go to a “name brand” furniture store and spend hundreds more, then end up with something that looks like it belongs in a retirement home. I’m a big fan of the Scandinavian style of modernism and functionalism.
I’m not quite done with my room yet. I still need a rug and file cabinet. Will likely be going to Ikea for those as well.