10 Small Space Solutions from the 2012 IKEA Catalog

updated Jul 23, 2020
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It’s no secret that IKEA can be a fantastic resource for small space living ideas. (C’mon, who hasn’t wandered through one of their 400 square foot home displays in total awe?) While the company is known for their inexpensive and modern home furnishings (and their efforts to go greener) what struck me most while flipping through their 2012 catalog was the number of creative solutions that use different combinations or interpretations of their own products. To see 10 favorite ideas or products to try in your own home, keep reading!

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1. Genius! The EKBY RISET bracket allows EKBY shelves to be mounted on an angled surface, making use of even the most awkward of spaces.

2. A PRÄGEL countertop on casters takes advantage of overlooked areas like under low furniture.

3. A narrow headboard doesn’t have to be destined for the bedroom. Here, a BRIMNES unit provides semi-hidden living room storage without the larger footprint of a standard shelf.

4. No laundry room? No problem! I love the idea of installing a GRUNDTAL drying rack in the shower. (The unit folds flat when not in use.)

5. A tiny bathroom with insufficient storage can feel a little more organized with this ENUDDEN double toilet paper roll that also doubles as a small shelf!


6. In a small space, vertical storage can be a life saver. I never would have thought of this – a BYGEL rail and small shelf becomes an easy bedside laptop holder.

7. Designed for remote controls, this FLÖRT pocket could also be tucked under a mattress to stow magazines, journals, pencils and yes, even your iPhone.

8. There’s something very clever (and dare I say cute!) about a tiny sink. The LILLÅNGEN sink might be just the thing for a small guest bathroom.

9. Less than 14″ wide and perfect for rentals, the LIMHAMN shelving unit squeezes into areas that are too narrow for a regular kitchen cabinet.

10. Furniture that does double-duty is a great way to make a small space work. I could see the VIKA VEINE/VIKA MOLIDEN table going from dinner for two to a functional workspace in no time at all.

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