An NYC Renter Found Her Kitchen Cabinets in IKEA’s Bathroom Section

published May 3, 2023
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Kitchen with black and white painted cabinets, lots of light, plants, wood and gold accents
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When designer Kim White was renovating the kitchen in her Brooklyn apartment, along with beautifying the space and making it brighter by revealing a hidden window, finding innovative storage solutions was a key priority. But the new kitchen wasn’t her first go-around with maximizing small spaces, as the designer used to live in a 296-square-foot studio in the same building. 

New York kitchens are notorious for being small and lacking storage, and White’s wasn’t an exception. One of the main issues was the limited cabinet space, but White didn’t shy away from the challenge. Instead of looking for common, bulky cupboards to hang from a blank wall in the space, the designer visited IKEA’s bathroom aisle.

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A shallow IKEA bathroom cabinet turned out to be the best kitchen storage solution for this small space.

The perfect storage unit that didn’t take up too much space for White’s kitchen was IKEA’s GODMORGON wall cabinet. Usually used as a medicine cabinet in bathrooms, they only cost $154 each. White acknowledges that they’re “non-traditional,” but purchased two to stack vertically on an otherwise unused part of the wall, next to the more traditional-depth cabinets in the kitchen.

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The bathroom cabinet is durable and provides surprisingly ample storage space, despite its shallow depth.

Inside the cupboards are four shelves made out of tempered glass, “which have higher impact resistance and load-bearing capacity than ordinary glass,” according to IKEA’s website. 

It’s a good thing the glass shelves are strong, as White uses one of the cabinets as a tea and coffee station, while the other holds canned goods. They don’t hold as much as a traditionally sized kitchen cabinet might, but they add much-needed hidden shelf space in what would have been “wasted” wall space.

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The cabinets come in several colors, or can be customized, like in White’s kitchen.

GODMORGON wall cabinets come in several colors: brown, gray, high-gloss white, and white. However, White covered her cabinets in a Copacabana marble print she designed, like she did with the other more traditional cabinets in the kitchen. The result is a high-end, cohesive vibe that looks much more expensive than it is.

And White isn’t the only person raving about these cabinets. They’re rated almost five stars on IKEA’s website. Looking for more storage tips? Check out the entire home tour for more organizational inspiration.