April 8, 2004
The Spice Drawer

Some of my favourite things... I have something of a love/hate relationship with Ikea. They are so convenient and cheap for so many things and yet if you want to lose your will to live, all you need to do is visit the store north of Paris on a Saturday morning. Their stuff looks so cool and yet you have to avoid ANYTHING with moving parts as it will eventually, inevitably collapse on you. (One memorable night, the CD cabinet that we had actually taken the time to screw to the wall, as suggested in the instructions, collapsed in a glorious pile, breaking hundreds of plastic covers!)

So perhaps we were foolish to buy an Ikea kitchen, but we based our decision on these facts: 1) it was cheap and we had just bought a very expensive apartment 2) it was guaranteed for ten years 3) it was (relatively) hassle-free, in that they help you design the layout and will come and install for you.

And there was one more hidden advantage: all the little kitchen gadgets that fit perfectly in the drawers. And so we come to my hidden treasure, the joy of my life: the spice drawer. In the photo it may look like they are just lying flat, but in fact they are on a bevelled insert. Okay, the spices don't fit exactly and I have to alternate large and small jars. But nevertheless, they are convenient (under the stove top, no less) and it's SO easy to quickly pick out the spice you need. They don't go rolling around and I can almost fit all my spices in one place. Under the old arrangement, I had to empty the cupboard every time I needed a spice, looking for the one way at the back....

So we love some things about Ikea!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at April 8, 2004 3:11 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

The founder of Ikea was just outed as the richest man in the world- even more wealthy than Bill Gates.

Posted by Barrett on April 8, 2004 at 7:13 AM

Yeah, I saw that. Because of suckers like us.

To be fair, though, we are happy with the kitchen and had good reports from several different friends who had used them. One woman in Steve's office put hers in well over ten years ago and says it still looks good.

I am very stupid, though - at first bought inserts for the drawers at my local Monoprix, before realizing that MAYBE THE IKEA ONES WILL ACTUALLY FIT. Duh.

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 8, 2004 at 8:31 AM

Interested to know if this spice drawer is an item that can be purchased and if so, direct from you, special order, or name of outlet that carries it...Thanks much

Syracuse, NY USA

Posted by Bill on January 15, 2005 at 6:54 PM

it is not a hazard if ikea is the reichest man in the world he has the best quality related price in the world.

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