But in this catalog, that message seems to be at the forefront — furniture needs to be a lot more hardworking!
So, flowing along with IKEA, I picked out a few pieces from the catalog (and website) and gave some thoughts on how they can be hacked to do more for a small space.
I hope you get some ideas here for your tiny home.
12 IKEA Small Space Finds
#1 IVAR shelving unit with desk
This is a new addition to the IVAR range and a swell one. The desk folds up into the IVAR wall unit. Even if you don’t have an IVAR unit, it should be easy enough to DIY a wall-mounted frame to hide this table.
#2 PAX wardrobe at 15″ deep
When you don’t have enough floor space, a full wardrobe may be too much. This shallower PAX is just perfect. And the new HAMNÅS door with vintage inspired pattern is gorgeous.
#3 KUNGSFORS wall system
This wall system, which replaced the GRUNDTAL, is amazing for the kitchen and just about anywhere else. Even in the bedroom or home office.
#4 GREJIG shoe rack
The GREJIG is a small and compact shoe rack. Granted, it’s rather flimsy but at only $4.99, you can’t beat the price. Stack as many as you need.
Or use the GREJIG to increase the storage on shelves you already have. Like how Anna-Sofia used it as a shelf insert on the HYLLIS. She tells me it fits perfectly.
#5 FLOTTEBO sleeper sofa
A sofa bed with storage, movable cushions to create the seating arrangement you want and a built-in swivel side table. What more can we ask for, except colour options, perhaps?
#6 INGATORP drop leaf table
You can go three ways with this table – no leaves, one leaf, or two. Adaptable to your space and number of guests.
#7 PRESSA hanging dryer
There’s a trick to this hanging dryer. Gunner tells us you can insert a 6 mm S-hook into the hole at the base of the dryer and then, hang another PRESSA from it.
And then use it to hang all sorts of stuff to dry, including make-up brushes.
But, seriously, this little guy can be used in so many other ways – in the car, at the entrance, inside a wardrobe, in the yard. Practically anywhere you need pockets.
#10 SYMFONISK wifi bookshelf speaker
It’s a stroke of genius, making the speaker a wall-mountable shelf. Sure, you can’t put a lot of stuff on it. But as a nightstand it’s adequate.
#11 SAXBORGA Storage box with mirrored lid
I really get this one. All small tubes of this, that and what-nots organised into one compact box. So useful. Less clutter = more space.
#12 RÖMSKOG underbed storage box
Using the space under your bed is a given, if you’re a small space dweller. But why stop there? Use the RÖMSKOG for odd niches like the odd gap between a cabinet and wall. Fill it up and slot it in place.
And that’s my list of 12.
Do you have any other IKEA small space finds? Let us know in the comments below.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.