decisions, decisions

Sometimes, I make a decision, then when it comes time to actually implement it (ie, fork out the cash), I freeze. I start second guessing myself. I suffer buyers remorse in advance, and then regret that I missed the chance to buy what I wanted, again, in advance of me actually even being in the store in question.

My current pre-purchase buyers remorse centres around my studio. More specifically, a new cutting table. My studio itself is quite small, but it also has a reasonably open space that is under utilized, that would be nicely filled with a small cutting table. My desk, while long and open, is only just a fraction wider than my cutting mat, which can be frustrating when I am trying to cut decent lengths of fabric. I thought I had a table picked, the price was great ($89 for a small table and two chairs, flat pack of course). My husband went to the store… And it was a six week wait. I told him to hold off, as I very conveniently, have an IKEA trip planned this week coming. I set myself up on the computer, and started sitting through the IKEA website, narrowing my selection down to a total of four tables, two of which I have included below, but already discounted as serious contenders.

So, as a starting point – a plan of my studio. Approximately 2m wide and 5m long, it has a built in desk along two sides, a built in bookcase on a third, and the fourth wall is taken up with two doorways and a craft cabinet my dad has built for me (more on that later!) – the door on the left is not used – there is furniture on the other side. There is also an external door on the far bottom left corner, which does not get used with any regularity. For reference, the desk is 60cm deep (approx 23.5″) – one large square is equal to 20 cm (4″).

The first table that caught my eye – the Norden at $299 – is 85cm wide, and has two collapsible leaves. At it’s longest, it is 152 cm long::

With one wing down, it comes back to 89cm long:: (just ignore that little desk next to the external door, more on that in a bit)

Or fully collapsed, it’s just 26 cm wide. With the addition of a $5 set of castors, it could easily be moved out of the way::

Even better – that 26 cm includes three drawers on each side. And who doesn’t love more storage??

The second serious contender is the Vika, at $79, and 150 x 75 cm::

The Vika also comes in 60cm widths, at either 100cm long ($39), or 120cm long ($59). At that width I’m not really gaining anything, and so I have ruled them out of serious contention. The only reason they are included is they are cheap as chips, and they easily allow for the addition of a Laiva desk (75cm x 50cm, $24.99).

Ok, so the small Laiva desk, as featured with the semi collapsed Norden and two smaller Vika. My lovely husband enjoys building model boats. But the workshop in his shed isn’t suitable for fine hobby style building, and it’s a pain to constantly pack up from the dining table. And with half the long side of the studio desk space actually harbor ing bookshelves underneath, there isn’t really space for use to both *sit* and work. So I thought a little desk of his own might be nice.

Movable (allowing room on the floor for the children to play/craft while I craft)
Those drawers!
Awesome size.
Could leave one end for husband’s use instead of

3 times initial budget
Would I actually fold it and move it?
Will Laiva fit as well? (Yes, as long as second wing is only raised when actually used)
Could be tricky to assemble.

Vika (150 x 75).
Good size.
Super easy to assemble.
More walking room around.

Fixed size.
Not as bit as Norden
Not really room for
Doesn’t leave room for the kids.

Vika – small
To be honest, I think easily fitting the Laiva and the super cheap price are far outweighed by the irritation I would soon encounter with the narrow width. Especially when I come to upsizing my current mat.

So. If it were you, which table would you choose and why? What have I missed in my considerations?

5 thoughts on “decisions, decisions

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      I like the idea of the Norden, however, there does not seem to be any indication of height? I am assuming that it is of table height? Personally, I would prefer something more bench height for cutting out in my sewing space. Whilst the extra cutting space is better than what you already have, I think $300 is a bit much to pay for something that is less than ideal. Also, if you put wheels on the bottom of it, wouldn’t the bits that you fold out to support the leaves of the table then be too short? Did your dad make your cupboard? Maybe you could get him to make you a cutting table too? I am sure he could make something pretty nice with $300…

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        THANK YOU! That’s perfect feedback. Even if it isn’t want I wanted to hear. No height given on the Norden, but it would be dining table height. And I went back and checked, and yes, you are right, the leaves are supported to the ground, ruling out castors. Oh daddy-o…

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      Yeah, I didn’t think yo would be very happy about that. What about something like this?
      It is a similar size (about 15cm wider) and is height adjustable too, so you can use it for quilting if you need as well. I’m not sure how much they are though…

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      With it being height adjustable, your hubby might be able to share it with you too?

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