This year went by so quickly that I almost forgot that it’s time for the new IKEA catalogue for 2021. Yes, it’s that time of the year again.
And this year’s edition is a little special as it marks its 70th birthday! (If you’ve not browsed the amazing archive of yesteryear catalogues, please click this link.)
For 2021, IKEA turned the catalogue into an inspirational handbook full of budget-friendly tips, hands-on ideas, new exciting products and familiar favourites. Think of it as a handbook for a better everyday life at home!
“Life at home has never been as important as it is today. We know that to most people living is synonymous with small space living. It’s not always a choice or just a temporary thing. More people have even more limited budgets today. That’s why most of the solutions featured in this year’s catalogue are accessible for people with small budgets and for small spaces” says Caroline Hjertström, Range Communication Manager, IKEA Communications.
Small, budget friendly homes in the IKEA Catalogue 2021
I usually get a lot of inspiration just studying how the rooms are styled and I expect no less this year. The 2021 IKEA catalogue features 6 different homes.
Home #1: Living light
The first one is a bright, breezy small studio for a couple’s who is just starting out. This one is all about budget and flexibility. And IKEA features some “pack up & leave anytime” items like the VUKU plastic wardrobe, the more affordable KNOXHULT kitchen range.
Home #2: Back to basic small apartment
Then, a one bedroom apartment for a family of four. An almost all-white space, packed to the brim. Space is tight but they make it work hard.
The room is transformed (pic below) when they move the dining table away and it becomes a living room.
IKEA further states, “The best thing about this home’s simple white base is that it’s easy (and affordable) to update, with nothing more than textiles and accessories.” Amen to that.
Home #3: Rental makeover before baby arrives
Next up is a dark, earthy one room rental for a pair of new parents. I love the mood in here — the black accents and wood throughout.
The catalogue also describes a few basic steps they took to update their home: plan, furnish, improvise, prioritise, think long-term and refresh.
Home #4: Big warm, welcoming
After three smaller homes, IKEA moves on to a 3-bedroom home, full of hustle and bustle. With two parents and three kids, this calls for next level organisation.
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