Inside: A complete review of the IKEA Havsta china cabinet units; plus recommendations for IKEA Havsta hacks; used in a living room for toy storage, glassware and turn table and records! How easy it is to assemble and how to pair the Havsta with other low price IKEA items.
Oh, it’s been a while since we’ve dug deep into a good old-fashioned product review and I’m beyond excited to bring this one to you today.
In the last month, we purchased the long-awaited IKEA Havsta cabinet unit for our living room. It is marketed as dining storage, but don’t let that fool you. This combination of cabinets and storage tower is now essential in our room!
Today, I’m sharing my initial thoughts and reviews of the Havsta and how it’s worked for us so far.
You may know that I have a ton of IKEA reviews on my site. If you are an IKEA junkie like I am, you’ll definitely want to have a look at my Vimle sofa review, my Ektorp sofa review and my Ikea Kallax Hack (which is such a simple and easy update!)
I’ve also linked to alllll my Ikea posts at the bottom of this one, so feel free to scroll and click around for more.
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Assembling the Ikea Havsta
I’m going to start with the not so glowing news. I’m only saying that because assembling anything properly seems to take a lot longer than you think it will.
And I also like to warn people when something looks like a one-person job, but it’s actually a two-person job.
As far as assembly goes, the Havsta is fairly standard Ikea. It all fit into the back of our car and our unit fit into 10 boxes or so.
We bought two full height china cabinets with glass doors on the top and then a bottom unit with a sliding door. The total number of units is technically five – two on the top and three on the bottom.
The glass inserts on the doors and shelves all come packaged separately, probably to avoid shattering as much as possible.
We were worried the sliding doors would be annoying to install – but they were the least annoying part of the entire thing.
The hardest assembly was getting the swinging doors on straight (which required one person holding the door flush while the other screwed in the hinge) and placing the top unit on the bottom unit (definitely a two-person lift).
Other Ikea Products that match the Havsta
What I like about this Havsta already is how well I can see it pairing with other Ikea products. The Havsta is solid wood, so it will match any and all of the other solid wood products in Ikea’s lineup.
I’m curious to see if we’ll be able to make use of another Havsta in the basement alongside our plans to use Ivar Cabinets.
As far as styling, the Havsta seems to be like a big sister to the Hemnes line.
We had a Hemnes china cabinet in the living room for years, but its 12″ depth was very limiting.
So it’s nice to have both the Havnas and the Hemnes to offer a bit of variety in terms of what you can store. Both are some of the best solid wood Ikea furniture you can get.
Key Features of the Havsta Ikea
Oh where do I begin! I absolutely adore this storage unit. The key thing is the colour palette.
Havsta (as of 2019) comes in three colors, white, a deep grey, and a dark black-brown. Essentially, you are guaranteed to find one to match your style.
We briefly toyed with doing grey bottoms and white tops, but our space is quite small and I wanted a seamless look with the Ikea Havsta cabinet. But I do think a two-toned approach would be AMAZING.
The other key feature of the Havnas is the depth. This is actually the reason we bought it.
The Havsta measures a full 18″ deep, which means that it can hold most toys, books, and even records AND a turntable on top.
We plan to move our turntable to the living room now that we have a deep enough shelf to put it on.
In terms of the doors, the Havnas upper cabinets do not have a middle post – which means when you swing them open, you are able to use the full shelf and not have to angle anything in to maximize space. #love
Therefore the Ikea Havsta cabinet works also great with a Havsta storage combination.
This is also the case for the bottom cabinets with doors, however, the sliders only give you access to one half of the cabinet at a time.
As you can see the Havsta cabinet Ikea is super versatile!
What’s in the Ikea Havsta Range?
Havsta makes it possible to hide your personal stuff from the sight and lets you show off rustic furniture. IKEA Havsta comes in a wide range and solid pin units so that you can get what you need.
The range it offers is huge and the details & design of these cabinets are rooted in Scandinavian tradition giving it a timeless feel.
There are 25 models under the Havsta range.
Let me give you an overview of the most popular ones include
• Havsta Cabinet with plinth
It is made of solid wood with a brushed surface and crafted details. IKEA Havsta cabinet adds a classic and genuine feel to your room. You can use it individually or pair it up with other cabinets as a base.
• Havsta storage with glass combination
Display the items in your home that you want to show off with the IKEA Havsta glass door cabinets.
Give them the framing they deserve under the glass door shelves and you can place other items under the solid wood shelf. Use these cabinets in your living room for an attractive appearance.
• Havsta storage combination with glass doors
The carefully designed wooden IKEA storage for the living room gives you the freedom to place everything organized and sorted.
It is convenient to incorporate these storage items in the house because they do not take up much space and even help you clear the litter.
The range of IKEA Havsta is great because of the versatility it offers along with the professionally curated designs.
Quality of the Ikea Havsta Cabinet
I’ve owned a lot of Ikea in my time and the quality of this product impressed me.
One of the most impressive attributes is the full-length bottom board that is used to unify the cabinets – making them appear to be more robust and built-in.
If you compare this to the very bottom line Billy bookcase or even the slightly more robust Liatorp, it’s a stand out feature.
A Ikea Havsta bookcase is thus a great way to store your favorite books.
The description of the product says it’s solid wood and it most certainly is. In fact, almost all the areas of the Havsta Ikea cabinet that are hidden by the assembly are unfinished solid wood.
Comparing Price Points of Ikea Havsta
Our five units cost us just over $1400 CAD including sales tax. They took us about two days to fully assemble.
If we are comparing this to other IKEA units of the same size, it’s definitely a good price point. If you are comparing to other retailers’ wall units?
You literally cannot beat this price for the quality of the Ikea Havsta cabinet.
IKEA Havsta Hacks
IKEA furniture is popular for its diversity and entry-level style. People love purchasing the IKEA Havsta cabinet because using the right paints, a few tools and creative imagination, it can be transformed into a beautiful piece.
You can transform simple and basic furniture into a luxurious-looking decor piece.
The best part is that giving the IKEA Havsta cabinet is an easy, pocket-friendly, and quick process. If you are looking forward to giving it a transformation, there are some pretty simple Havsta hacks that you can follow.
Here are some of the amazing IKEA Havsta hacks that you can apply at home.
• Add a marble slab
Use a thick and large piece of marble to go with the Havsta cabinet. Adding a marble slab to your IKEA Havsta will spruce it up. It is one of the most clever Havsta cabinet hacks to give it a major upgrade.
Just by adding a horizontal marble, the storage can become far better and more useful immediately.
• Turn it into a bookcase
Use the cabinet as a bookcase. Use some acrylic paint and glass doors to modify the appearance of Havsta IKEA and assemble the book collection in it.
If you want to keep the books visible, use the glass doors and if not, go on with the original ones to keep your stuff. Below you can see how I purchased my second Havsta cabinet and used it for a bookcase in my office.
I have the sliding glass doors protecting older and delicate books and the smaller Havsta bookshelf unit for larger, textbook style books. I have matched it up with my Ikea Soderhamn sofa. You can read my Soderhamn sofa review here.
• Paint it in monochrome
Paint the cabinet according to your preferences. Use black and white or some other colors that work for you and the cabinet too.
Short FAQ about Ikea Havsta Cabinet
How to assemble IKEA Havsta cabinet?
It is very easy to assemble the Ikea Havsta cabinet. First, read the assembling instructions. Some tools you’ll need are a drill, a lightweight hammer and a drop cloth, among others.
What are some great Ikea Havsta Hacks?
There are plenty of Ikea Havsta hacks you can easily DIY at home! You can add arches, paint it monochromatic or update pulls. Or why not, add additional shelving!
What features are highlighted in an Ikea Havsta cabinet review?
A feature that’s mentioned in amy Ikea Havsta review is that the quality is outstanding. The furniture is long-lasting and is extremely affordable. On top, it’s easy to customize!
How do you install the Havsta around baseboards and wall trim?
I get asked this question frequently and this is a tricky one. The Havsta does not sit flush to the wall because it has a kick plate trim. To avoid a gap between the unit and your wall, you have two options. Firstly, you could remove the baseboards on your wall and resize them to allow the Havsta to slide in flush. Secondly, you can purchase additional trim to glue or nail to the edges of your Havsta where it meets the wall. We chose not to do either and it’s fine, but if you are fussy, you’ll want to consider that there will be a gap unless you address it.