Our first review item is the Rast series nightstand. The Rast series is unfinished wood (probably pine?) and sold as a let-your-teen/kid-do-whatever-they-want-to-it-to-keep-them-happy-without-breaking-the-bank kind of furniture. The IKEA website shows a nightstand and a dresser, but it seems like the stores have other unfinished items as well. We bought two Rast nightstands - one to hold and hide our pile of random electric junk (modem, power strip, etc.) in the living room, and one to hold toilet paper and other related items in our main floor toilet room (so called because it only has a toilet).
The nightstand was easyto put together. IKEA furniture always comes with picture-based directions to make putting items together as idiot-proof as possible... except the Rast nightstand - it's so simple, you don't even get directions for it - just 4 pieces of wood, 12 screws, and an allen wrench all shrink-wrapped together. The allen wrench gets the job done, but we recommend using a power drill just for the sake of making the process move a little faster. And when you put together so much furniture that you start having nightmares and develop the shakes, speed is everything in limiting your exposure. The stands went together easily and there was minimal muttering under the breath during the process.
We decided to paint the stand for the bathroom. The bathroom is boring - grey tile, white toilet, white walls - and desperately needed a splash of color. We went bold with a dark purple and a lime green so the room feels a little less like a cardboard box. The painting was easy enough, but a little annoying because of some deep knots in the wood. Now the room looks more like a cardboard box with a blindingly bright nightstand in the corner - we're taking baby steps.
|Post-paint job Rast nightstand for the toilet room|
The Rast for electric junk we left unfinished. It seemed like a good way to camouflage everything if there wasn't any color to call it out. This picture was taken from the over the back of the couch, for a better frontal view, but you really can't see the junk from the side.
|Neutral Rast nightstand with electric junk|
For the ease of construction and the added bonus of personalization, the Rast nightstand receives a review rating of 4.5 Swedish meatballs on a 5 meatball scale. Half a meatball is removed for the unsightly knots left on the wood. Otherwise, we recommend the product should you look to make your home a little more European.
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