Clever IKEA Buys That Make Small-Space Living a Breeze

We all love IKEA for the way it marries versatility with a no-fuss approach to design—and in the chicest way. So when it comes to small spaces, those are exactly the characteristics we seek in order to maximize the limited square footage (we’re talking tiny studios where the bedroom and living room are essentially one and the same).

Clever storage solutions that minimize clutter, sleek furnishings that make the most of an empty nook, and accent pieces that play double duty are just a few of the many solutions we found in-store. And because you’re spending more time at home these days, making the most of your small space really matters. Read on to see the tried-and-true pieces from IKEA your studio apartment most definitely deserves.

Overhead Lighting

Swap out that clunky table lamp in favor of a more streamlined light source for the bedside. A simple pendant will do.

Customizable Shelves

The Ivar is an IKEA staple, and a small-space essential on top of that. Its ability to be wall-mounted creates a neat, airy space underneath, while the versatile shelving allows it to function as a dresser, media storage, and a shelf.

No room for a nightstand? This pegboard can be kept close to your bed and store all your items without taking up any floor space.

Or you can opt for a sleek wall shelf. Set it well above your bed and deck it out with a few framed artworks and tchotchkes.  

A mirror with a built-in ledge not only makes your space bigger—it gives you an extra spot to drop your phone and keys.

Multitasking Headboards

The Trones series may be earmarked for shoe storage, but we’re all for repurposing the piece with bedroom organizing in mind—consider this a simple alternative for a dresser or even a headboard.

Create extra storage space behind your bed with a headboard that can store anything from magazines and books to small clothing items (like socks) and accessories.

Beds With Hidden Compartments

For the tiny studio that’s lacking space for a bed and a sofa, the key is finding a piece that can function as both. Enter this storage-friendly daybed, which manages to do all of the aforementioned while remaining effortlessly chic and small space–approved.

Canopy bed or room divider? You decide. Just hang an extra sheet or tapestry over this headboard and you can have both all in one. 

The Upgraded Hamper

Chic storage solutions are a must for a small bedroom, especially one that comes sans closet. We’ve got our eye on these woven baskets, perfect for housing everything from laundry (it’s time to let go of that mesh hamper) to shoes and accessories.

This story was originally published in March 2017. It has been updated with new information.

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