American retailers have started to climb aboard the small space wagon these days (DWR, C&B, West Elm, and Pottery Barn all now have small-scale lines or categories, at leat in their printed catalogues). But in Europe they've been working the small space challenge for several centuries, and so many of the best solutions hail from those far shores. With this in mind we're rounding up the best of Swede giant Ikea's small space solutions, starting with the bedroom. Pictured at top, the new Malm Queen Bed with "Vanishing" Headboard shelves, $189. The headboard unit contains two banks of retracting shelves. A nifty trick for hiding visual clutter, though the unit does still occupy some floorsplace, behind the bed.
The bent wood-framed Anes Mirror, $89.99, is a dramatic way to bounce and maximize light in a small space
The Hopen Bedside Table, $79.99, gives you easy access to underbed storage: just swivel around to retrieve whatever lurks beneath your bed -- as long as you placed it on the platform.
Brekke (twin) bed with storage boxes, $149, is a twin bed with built-in storage boxes
The recently discontinued Hemnes Daybed, $379, extends into a double bed and also has storage underneath. Re-invented as a banquette, it won Ikea Hacker's Hack of the Year award in 2006. Sadly, found now only via craigslist.