Since my fiancé and I live in a fairly small two-bedroom bungalow, we're always looking for ways to organize and consolidate. To that end, I went to Ikea looking for some funny little items in which to organize my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, effectively getting them off of the dresser and reducing clutter. The Grundtal Glass Shelf and Lillholmen Triple Hook seemed to fit the bill.
While I was, in the end, pleased with these items, I was not happy about the assembly process.
To hear me gripe, just read more
Here are my gripes about these products:
- The directions were incorrect! Now, we all know that Ikea directions are a drag, and often confusing, but the picture demonstrating how to orient the mounting hardware on the Grundtal shelf was backwards! This resulted in some chipped paint and grumpy words from yours truly, but I eventually figured it out.
- The shelf and hook were both missing screws for mounting them onto the wall. What if I'd been some college student who didn't own any extra screws? I would've been one unhappy customer indeed.
- A regular flathead screwdriver is too large to screw in the final mounting screw. Seriously, it requires something closer to the tiny screwdriver that comes with eyeglass kits. Again, annoying. I ended up using the blade of a Swiss army knife to twist in the tiny screw.
- You definitely need to use a level and measure carefully, since the shelf has to be coordinated perfectly with the wall brackets.
But still, even after all of this griping, I did manage to find a solution to the jewelry-all-over-the-dresser issue. We're both thrilled that there's more dresser space (on which to throw loose change and lunch receipts, ahem), and I'm happy to have my jewelry organized finally.
Check it out for yourself: