It looks like Stanley and my move to New York is nearing completion. The piano arrived today, the furniture from CB2 came last week and I finally finished the desk. You see, space seemed tight back in Santa Monica, so transitioning into 450 or so square feet has been kind of rough. We hardly brought any furniture and did a pretty good job at limiting the other items too. Still we quickly ran out of space.
Here begins the adventure to find the perfect second room desk/storage combination. We had looked around at all the regular places and couldn’t really find anything that provided a good workspace & lots of storage & wasn’t super wide. The room is an odd shape to begin with, so things like EXPEDIT were just too damn wide. Then through the magic of the IKEA playhouse/maze/showroom, we met BRODER.
You see BRODER is a storage system designed for garages and outdoor places. It’s made of metal, it looks very industrial. And it is relatively inexpensive. I think I’m pretty well versed in IKEA, and we broke a cardinal rule, ‘buy it when you see it’. In a day, a single part of this magical & mythical storage system disappeared from inventory. We needed three BRODER posts, $10, and IKEA Brooklyn now only had 1. And the winning IKEA inventory systems indicated that it would be more likely that Mississippi would pass gay marriage before more would be in stock.
Well okay, easy enough, we can just get a post at another IKEA. Right? Right? WRONG. IKEA’s online stock system (designed by monkeys who were deemed too slow for medical testing) indicated the posts are gone from nearly every store in driving distance. Yet, IKEA Pittsburgh has 165 of them. The same system said IKEA Paramus might have 7 or so. And no, IKEA does not ship between stores, and no they wouldn’t ship the $10 part directly to me.
Have you ever tried calling an IKEA? The phone system makes it nearly impossible to get a human. No wait, it is impossible (unless you know the magic number). So I broke IKEA cardinal rule #2, ask for a Physical Stock Check before you rent a Zipcar and drive to it.
When I got to IKEA Paramus all 7 of the posts had either been picked up and misplaced by bad shoppers or lost in the warehouse. Ugh. But I got the magic number. What secret number do you ask? The extension for the Self Serve Warehouse. This magic number lets you connect directly to a real human, the folks who can check to see if things are really where they are supposed to be.
As I incessantly checked other IKEAs for the part, a magical 18 of them appeared in IKEA New Haven. Yes, IKEA in Connecticut. See, I haven’t been back to Connecticut since I lived there. There is no reason to ever go to Connecticut. But I needed this $10 post. I learned that IKEA New Haven’s phone system is similar to Paramus and was able to do a Physical Stock Check. 17 of the posts were waiting for me.
Another Zipcar, er the Hertz equivalent and two and a half hours later I was at IKEA New Haven. The posts were really there! Yay! So I picked up everything, almost. This IKEA was missing 2 of the T-foot pieces I needed & the countertop didn’t fit in the car.
Nearly defeated, another Zipcar brought Stanley & I to IKEA Brooklyn where I finally got the last two missing parts. Joy! A short trip to Home Depot for additional tools and we were set. Magical.
You can check out the video time lapse of the installation. Although there were a few minor setbacks (and a bent jig saw blade, reminding me as butch as I want to be I’m not designed to use power tools unsupervised) it looks amazing & has loads of storage. There is even room for Stanley’s LEGOs!
Now I’ll have lots of space to work on projects & I’m one step closer to the start of ITP in the fall. Can’t wait!