I’m all for changing layouts as our needs change, so let’s take a look at some IKEA storage ideas to make the most out of your bedroom space.
#1 Bookcases with hidden storage
As suggested, you can stick two BILLY bookcases (at 28cm deep) at the foot of your bed in the new layout. With this hack, the space at the bottom shelves need not be wasted.
I would recommend turning the bottom section of the bookcase, which will be blocked by your bed, into a storage space for seldom used items.
How I’ll do that is …
First, assemble the bookcase. But omit the shelves for the bottom section. Get a wooden board as high as your footboard and nail it across the BILLY frame. You can get a board cut at your local hardware shop.
Then place dowels in the BILLY frame at the same height as the board.
Next, add knobs or door handles on a BILLY shelf. This makes it easier to pull up the shelf and access the space when necessary.
Lastly place the shelf over the dowels. Slide the BILLY bookcases into the gap and voilà! Hidden storage space for pillows and extra bedding.
#2 Flip open storage cabinet
Next idea is to use the IKEA kitchen cabinet. The METOD has a 30 cm wide wall cabinet which is great fit for the gap.
I’d get two of them at 80cm tall and 60cm tall to come up to 140cm, 10cm shy of your bed’s width. Assemble them according to instructions and install the doors.
Then, join the end of Cabinet 1 to the head of Cabinet 2 to form a long storage cabinet. Lie the cabinet on its back and slide them into the gap.
A quick sketch of how it may look. Customise with doors that you like.
For this idea, you can consider it along the radiator wall. It may actually turn out better with this flip open storage cabinet below and wall shelves above.
Choose a shorter METOD cabinet to clear the radiator, if necessary. With the bed flush against the left wall, you may be able to use the wider 40cm cabinet. You’ll have more size options with that.
So, Mary, how will you be tackling your room layout?
We’ll love to see your before-after. Send it over when it’s done.
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