12 Clever IKEA Hacks For Small Spaces


If there is one iconic store that has over the last decade or so changed, inspired and impacted on the way we think about interiors more than any other, it would be IKEA.

From the moment you drive into the vast IKEA car park you know you are about to embark on a little adventure through room set after room set showing you how IKEA can transform any living space into an IKEA inspired, white, organised and creatively lit living space.

Not content with seeing all the IKEA room sets, kitchens and wardrobe systems we then start filling up our trolleys in the IKEA market place with all those other must-have items for organising every drawer, cabinet and cupboard in a whole new IKEA inspired way.

But we don’t stop there.

With the IKEA price point being very attractive for the quality of furniture you get it just takes a little imagination to create something totally unique with some of the most popular IKEA furniture pieces and turn them into something completely different.

Here are a dozen amazingly good IKEA hacks that are particularly good for small spaces such as apartments or annexes.

1. Painted RIBBA Ledges To Create A Beautiful Wall Gallery

RIBBA ledges have transformed traditional shelving into something stylish and affordable that can add impact to any small space. By painting the RIBBA ledges the same colour as the walls you can accessorise in toning and contrasting accent colours to create a wall gallery that adds a real designer touch to any room.

2. Simple MALM Drawer Units Made Beautiful

MALM drawer units are the perfect drawer unit for any bedroom and they come in several finishes including white & oak but with a little imagination and some chalk furniture paint you can recreate this great IKEA hack to make them blend in beautifully with the colours of your room.

3. Kallax Units Given A Designer Touch

KALLAX high gloss shelving units have become one of those go-to staples that can easily be transformed into almost anything. Whether it’s media storage, toys, home office or in a hallway like this, by adding legs or castors a new decor top and great accessories you can easily recreate this IKEA hack to be both practical and stylish.


4. Creative Use Of BESTA Units & Hanging Pendant Lighting

The BESTA storage units from IKEA are some of the most versatile and modern storage ranges used for everything from hallways to creating a media unit around a wall hung TV. By mounting the units on the wall you can easily recreate this IKEA hack for adding storage without using up any valuable floor space. The hanging pendant lighting adds a touch of drama here too.

5. Making The Most Of The Humble BILLY Bookcase

The BILLY bookcase from IKEA is practically a household name in home decor and IKEA hacks blog posts & ideas it’s extremely versatile and can quickly be transformed into a display wall or library for all your books that add height, interest and storage to any small space.

With small space living (like annexes) one of our top interior design tips for annexes is to make full use of all vertical spaces.

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6. MALM Units Make Creating The Perfect Linen Closet Easy

It’s safe to say that throughout 2018 and into 2019 we have become almost obsessed with home organisation, de-cluttering and creating more beautiful organised homes. No more shoving everything into a drawer or cupboard and closing the door. ?

In this IKEA hack, the MALM white chest of drawers units have been used to provide the perfect storage for all your spare linen & towels.

7. Changing Things Up With New Handles

The MALM drawer units from IKEA also come in a black-brown finish if you prefer a dark-wood look to your room and all the MALM range of drawer units are handle-less. So in this smart IKEA hack a whole new look has been created by simply adding some attractive handles.

A great twist on a classic look with all the benefits of modern sturdy, wipe-clean storage.

8. Feature Decor Walls Made Easy

The BILLY bookcase is made to look beautiful in this IKEA hack by leaving the white backboard off the back of the wider size BILLY bookcase and painting the wall behind the shelving. This creates the perfect backdrop to this pretty home office space that also makes full use of other IKEA storage solutions for pretty, organised storage and a lovely display area that you can constantly change as required.

9. RIBBA Shelving Wall Gallery

One of the most modern additions to our home over the last few years when it comes to shelving is the RIBBA ledges from IKEA. The no-bracket look shelving can hold accessories or picture frames (including the purpose-made RIBBA frames from IKEA) to totally transform the way in which we display things today.

It’s a really simple and affordable way to update the look in your home that has endearing and lasting appeal.

10. Use Mirrors, Lighting & Accessories To Complete The Look

The slimline BESTA units come to the rescue if you have a small hallway to work with. By hanging these slimline units on a white wall you create storage that becomes part of the background giving the illusion of space.

With no handles to break up the sleek look and a shelf for decor items to add interest your small space hallway will always look neat, tidy & organised.

11. Creating A Mud Room With IKEA BESTA Units

This great IKEA hack idea uses the low level BESTA units to create a mud room.  A mud room is a very popular “must-have” with families today where everyone can take off muddy boots, coats and clothing in an environment that can cope easily with all the great outdoor adventures (and the mud and wet clothing that comes with it.)

If you have the space in your utility area or hallway to think about adding extra storage and a low sit-on bench unit you can recreate this IKEA hack and save yourself a lot of mess being carried through the house.

12. Kallax Units In An Annexe

Annexes are a great way to help a family member either downsize to a custom made real “little home” at the bottom of the garden or as a first-time home for younger family members. They are the perfect adaptation for small space living and IKEA make it very easy to make best use.

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