Little Life Savers: Clever IKEA Hacks for Small Spaces

published Apr 13, 2016
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We love seeing the clever ways that people have taken IKEA products and either put them to new uses or made them into something different entirely — and it’s especially inspiring to see how people have repurposed IKEA pieces to make life a little easier in a small space. Here are twelve clever ideas to help you make the most of your little space.

Above: In this image from IKEA, a couple of Grundtal magnetic knife racks create a perfect spot to hang keys and clip memos next to the door.

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From Livet Hemma, shelf brackets repurposed as clothing storage — a nice supplement to a small closet.

(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

These two Billy bookcases open up to reveal a DIY Murphy bed. Get all the details from IKEA Hackers.

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Spotted on Design Sponge, a simple IKEA shelf serving as a small space desk (with a little help from the windowsill, and a little extra storage from the Raskog cart parked underneath).

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Nora from Oh Yes Blog used IKEA cabinets to make a raised platform bed with tons of storage underneath.

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From Kelsey Design, a small Lack shelf turned small nightstand in a small bedroom.

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From IKEA Hackers, a series of Grundtal towel bars turned space-saving wine rack.

(Image credit: Bella Pop)
(Image credit: Bella Pop)

Brandy from Bella Pop turned an IKEA end table into a secret hiding spot for the litter box.

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The folks at IKEA had the idea of using a towel rack to store shoes.

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Kay from Apartment Apothecary had a few clever ideas for using IKEA products as storage in her kitchen, including this magazine holder mounted to the inside of a cabinet…

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... and this towel rail that holds pot lids.

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Kellie from The Girl on the Go had the clever idea to store jewelry behind a hinged IKEA mirror.

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From Wohnidee, a simple way to store things under your bed and have easy access to them, too: an Ekby Alex drawer unit with casters underneath.

Re-edited from a post originally published 4.13.16-NT