10 Functional & Flexible IKEA Products for Small Spaces

10 Functional & Flexible IKEA Products for Small Spaces

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 19, 2014
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IKEA is known not just for their affordable and stylish home products, but also for fabulous solutions that work wonders in small spaces. Want a compact list of ten of our favorite good-looking and functional items from IKEA that we think make the lives of those who live in small spaces better? Find it after the jump.

This, of course, is a pared down, plenty-of-great-options-not-mentioned list, so feel free to chime in below in the comments to share what products you've found at IKEA that have worked wonders in your small space. But do consider writing these down on your shopping list for your next IKEA trip in case one might do just the right job in your small space!


1. EXPEDIT Shelf, $99. Great for storing basically anything, it can go up against the wall in any room, but it also makes a great functional room divider in studios. See it in action in this post: Using a Bookcase as a Room Divider.

2. KOMPLEMENT, $7.99. IKEA claims this affordable multi-use hanger can organize 28 different accessories, but we bet clever small space dwellers could come up with more ideas! A great way to fit more into tiny closets, bathrooms and other spaces.

3. KNIPSA basket, $14.99. IKEA offers plenty of baskets for general organizing; we like this one because it could easily fit on shelves to corral items, but it's also sort of sturdy looking enough to stand-alone on the floor or next to a sofa or bedside. You could even hang them on the wall to stack towels in as we've seen before. And their earthy material looks great with lots of styles.

4. SKÅDA shoe rack, $19.99. Don't just pigeonhole this rack made with bamboo for just shoes in a closet (though it does that so well). It works wonders in an entryway or a closet for storing boots and more, but this versatile and low piece could go just about anywhere to store stuff stylishly. See how an IKEA shoe rack makes for a gorgeous closet in Jesica's Mix & Match Studio.

5. RÅSKOG Cart, $49.99. This cute colored cart has proven its worth over and over again, showing that it can be handy and attractive in any room of your home. And its compact footprint means it can squeeze into any tight spots.


6. TOBIAS chair, $79. It's functional seating that doesn't take up a lot of actual or visual space, making it perfect for task, dining and occasional seating in small spaces. See an example in Jacqueline's Bright & Airy West Village Studio.

7. BYGEL rail, $2.99. James from James' Beautifully Handcrafted Apartment in Clinton Hill shows how some metal rails from IKEA can completely organize a compact kitchen. But again, these don't just have to be for the kitchen. Hold towels in a bathroom, jewelry or scarves in a bedroom or even magazines in the living room.

8. GRUNDTAL magnetic knife rack, $14.99. Will free up space in your drawers, but it's not just for knives and it doesn't just have to go in the kitchen!

9. EKBY HEMNES/ EKBY HENSVIK wall shelf, $29.99. A functional blank slate. You can use as many as you need, anywhere you need it. And you can even customize it to match your wall color if you're looking for a more custom, camouflage look. Different shelves, but see how small shelves can really customize and transform a really small space in Chelsea's Tiny Personality-Packed Room.

10. GODMORGON mirror cabinet, $150. The priciest item on our list today, but worth it. Everyone knows that a mirror placed in just the right spot in your home can reflect light and make a room feel expanded. So why not add a little storage, too? Definitely popular for bathrooms, don't limit yourself to just that room though.

So like, this list isn't near complete! We know you've got your favorite space-maximizing IKEA product that's perfect for functioning in small spaces (maybe even yours!). Won't you tell us your favorite below in the comments?

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