8 Small-Space Living Room Layout Ideas We’re Stealing from IKEA

published Oct 24, 2018
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A well-organized living room can be a game-changer for your entire home. Not only do they look sleek and stylish, a thoughtful living room layout can offer up loads of unexpected storage space. Case in point: IKEA’s gallery of streamlined living rooms—which is overflowing with small space-friendly furniture arrangements and storage solutions.

Here are some great tips we learned lurking the IKEA living room gallery:

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Score a wall-mounted storage scheme

Take it from IKEA: A little wall storage can go a long way when organizing a tiny living space. Luckily, the retailer offers all kinds affordable wall-mounted storage units, ranging from floating shelves to a colorful wall cabinet, so you can forge some extra storage room without taking up an inch of floor space.

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Stick with nesting tables

Dreaming of a pretty coffee table for your living room, but not working with a ton of space? Take a cue from the good folks at IKEA and employ some space-savvy nesting tables to set your stuff on without taking up too much square footage.

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Forge a faux bedroom

Searching for an easy (and affordable) way to carve out an actual bedroom inside your cramped studio apartment? The wheeled VEBERÖD room divider can move around your apartment with ease to create distinct spaces, and even better, comes with built-in storage shelves and hooks for hanging stuff.

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Find the nearest floor stool

Bypass bulky seating in your small living room by investing in a comfy floor stool or cushion instead. Not only are they cute and petite, but some styles, like the ALSEDA stool, double as low-lying side tables, too.

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Forgo a coffee table

Working with a tricky living room layout (aka hardly any space)? Stick with a small side table in place of big coffee table to help open up your living room (and still have a place to set your coffee mug).

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Mount your lighting

Who knew task lights could make such awesome sconces for your living room? Clearly IKEA, who employed a pair of $12 LED work lamps on either side of a living room sofa to forge an ambient wall-mounted lighting scheme (while freeing up floor space).

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Make a temporary dining room

Lacking a proper dining room in your apartment but desperate for a nice place to sit and eat? Temporarily transform your living room into a dining room with nothing more than a chic set of easy-to-move nesting tables, just like in the photo above.

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Make a statement on your ceiling

Looking for a fashionable (and foolproof) way to forge a distinct living room area inside you open layout apartment? Suspend a flashy fixture, like the SINNERLIG bamboo pendant lamp, to anchor a lofty living space in style.