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Ikea Rast Bedside Table
Back in January 2012 my partner and I decided to celebrate our anniversary we would buy ourselves a pet goldfish. Having not long moved in together we were still in the process of adding new things to the flat and therefore we were lacking in surfaces for our new pet to be kept safely. After a quick trip to Ikea we arrived home with the Rast Bedside Table for our new pet 'Bob'. We chose the Rast bedside table as it was an ideal size to fit nicely in our studio and due to it being a nice pine colour we knew it would look nice.
The table is a very simple design with no drawers or backing board, it is simply made from 4 chunky pieces of untreated pine wood which form a nice sturdy looking table with a single shelf.
Once we arrived home I had the task of building the table. It came packaged in a clear strong plastic with an allen key included along with a bag of screws, thankfully the allen key was the only tool I needed to assemble this table as we had no others at home.
Within less than 30 minutes I had fully assembled the table, it was very simple and literally just a case of screwing the screws in with the allen key. My only tip about the assembly is to be careful not to over tighten the screws as they will split the wood if you do, luckily I noticed this and narrowly avoided a split.
The weight of the table according to the Ikea website is 4.7kg, I would say this is pretty accurate and makes the table chunky and heavy enough to be quite strong, yet at the same time it is light enough to move around easily if you need to.
Once assembled the table is approximately 40cm high and 52cm wide with a depth of 30cm, I think this is a really good size as it makes it ideal for fitting nicely in tight spaces.
Once built and positioned in place ready for Bob, we decided that maybe the TV would look better on the new table and Bob could have the old TV table. Both tables are pretty similar except our new one was untreated and we were concerned about water from the fish tank causing damage to the wood. So, the Bob table became the TV table and vice versa.
Currently on our table we have a small TV and the signal booster, then on the shelf beneath we have managed to fit about 10 books, a mixture of hardback and paperback, as well as the Nintendo Wii and various Wii games along with a few DVD's as well. I was surprised but very pleased with the amount of storage space this table has given us and I think if it was used as a bedside table as it is intended to be then the user would not be disappointed!
The table is very strong and hasn't bowed to pressure with the amount of 'stuff' we have put on it. It is sturdy and doesn't wobble when you touch it and overall we are really pleased with this cheap and simple yet extremely useful little table.
The table is made from untreated solid pine and held together by metal screws. The wood can be left untreated or you can treat and paint it if you prefer. We prefer our natural looking untreated wood. As the table is being used as a TV table we haven't really needed to clean it much other than an occasional dusting. I have used a damp cloth on the odd occasion and this has done no damage to the wood, however I would be hesitant about using excessive water on the untreated wood.
We bought this table in Ikea here in Krakow, but I have checked on Ikeas UK website and it tells me that you can buy it in the UK for just £8.99, which I think is an absolute bargain for the quality you are getting!
Would I Recommend?
Yes, I would definitely recommend the Ikea Rast Bedside Table, it is easy to assemble, looks really good, fits nicely into the smallest of spaces and is a complete bargain at £8.99!