We got a new home for our Dollfie Dreams, the Smadal by IKEA. Read on past the break for the whole story and a review.
Now that Maridah and I have seven dolls in the house, with four more ordered and more possible, we were running into some serious space problems. Previously, a tall Besta bookcase, with glass doors and optional glass shelves, had been home to all of our dolls, but it was completely full with the seven we have. (That bookcase will be dedicated to resin BJDs, since the extra height means it can have two levels of dolls, even when they’re 70cm models like the Iplehouse EIDs, plus some extra room for figures or very small dolls.) We went to IKEA, and this case immediately stood out to us as a great option. After taking some measurements, we decided it was the right way to go.
The new case fits Dollfie Dreams like it was designed for them. With the shelf at the middle height, it’s easily possible to have two levels of DDs, and as long as you have stands with relatively small bases, it’s more than possible to put ten DDs inside, with five per level. The only issue I had with height was when using a very thick stand (Cool Cat) with very high heels (Beato’s boots). She still fit, but her head was touching the “ceiling” of the case. The easy solution was to put her on a thinner based stand. This could be an issue if you have a lot of thick stands and a lot of high heels, but in general it’s not terribly difficult to work around. You’ll notice that Anette (top level, far right) is wearing more normal heels, is on a thick Cool Cat stand, and still has plenty of room, so it really takes a bad combination of both to cause a problem. You can see that Adel (Iplehouse Arvid), on the other hand, doesn’t fit particularly well, and there’s no way he could stand in this case. It’s really limited to 60cm dolls. He and E-An will be going back in the other case, which I’ll cover in another article, once we have time to adjust the shelves to fit them.
The bookshelf itself is quite nice. The aesthetic goes well with DDs, I think, especially with the striped background the interior has. It’s well made for an IKEA product. I was happy to see that the bottom drawer is on real sliders, of the type that higher-end IKEA products generally use, as I’ve had furniture similar to this where the drawer was simply loose in its “hole”. It was one of the easier, simpler pieces of IKEA furniture I’ve assembled, and went together quickly and without any problems. The doors are a separately sold product, but all holes are pre-drilled for them, and they go on just as easily as if they’d come in the same box. The hinges are adjustable, so you can make sure the doors don’t have too much gap in the middle, and that they’re both at the same height. The drawer slides easily, and can hold a good amount of doll accessories. The boxes in the drawer are also from IKEA, but we’ve had them for years and I don’t know if they still sell this model.
Overall, this is a great solution for storing and displaying your dolls, and for $150 ($100 without doors), it’s an affordable one, too.
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