In Europe there's a long and proud tradition of tiny apartment living, so it's no surprise that the folks at IKEA have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to living in little spaces. We've compiled a short list of some of the handiest and most versatile IKEA products for small space living.
RÅSKOG utility cart, $29.99
The helpful RÅSKOG has three spots to stash things, wheels to move around wherever you need it, and doesn't take up a lot of space. What more could you want? Use it as a bar cart, for book storage, for a nightstand, for all three if you can't make up your mind.
BEKVÄM stepladder, $39.99
If you're living in a little space, you're probably gonna find yourself wanting to store things up high. And unless you've seven feet tall, you will probably need a stepladder to get those things down. Enter the BEKVÄM. Besides being useful as a ladder, this little guy can also serve as an extra seat when you have company over — and when you don't need it you can fold it and hang it up on the wall with a special bracket, which is included.
GRUNDTAL kitchen rail, starting at $6.99
Show me a tiny kitchen, and I'll show you a flustered cook desperate for drawer space. But you know what's a surprisingly good substitute for drawer space? A rail with hooks where you can hang up all your tools and utensils. IKEA's GRUNDTAL has a nice modern look, and you can purchase all kinds of accessories for it — hooks, drying racks, caddies for holding silverware. It's also handy pretty much anywhere you have things you want to hang up and access often.
TRONES shoe storage cabinet, $39.99 for 3
Wall-mounted storage is essential for small spaces, and these shoe storage boxes are good for far more than just storing shoes. They're only seven inches deep, so you can fit them practically anywhere. You can also stash things on the top of the box, or tesselate them to create mega-storage combinations.
BEKVÄM spice rack, $3.99
Even if you don't have a ton of spices, these little guys can be tremendously useful for storing small things all around the house. Use them to create extra storage in unlikely places — on the side of cabinets, on the bathroom wall — and keep tiny things corralled.
ALGOT storage system
I've already spent plenty of time singing the praises of wall mounted shelving for small spaces, and IKEA's ALGOT is a great budget-priced solution. You can mount theses shelves above a dresser or a desk or wherever you have a little wall space, to maximize your storage, or build clothes storage into a closet-deficient apartment with their closet components.
Which products have you found to be a lifesaver in a little space?
Re-edited from a post originally published 4.20.15-NT