If you’ve got a small space challenge, chances are the folks at IKEA Hackers have a solution.
The website is a community of IKEA shoppers who tinker with the Swedish retailer’s creations to come up with the perfect fit, the storage solution on steroids, or just a creative way to solve a problem. Think of it as off-label uses for furniture and organizing products. Best of all, a comments section lets readers weigh in with their own uses, and ask questions if they run into issues pulling off the idea themselves.
Here at TinyLiving, we came across our first experience with hacking IKEA when trying to solve a simple small space problem: How to fit a home office and a living room in the same tiny room. Our solution was to retool kitchen cabinets to create a wall unit that functioned as both an entertainment center, desk and home office.
Here are some of our favorite small-space friendly hacks from IKEAHackers.net:
1) Bathroom vanity that hides a washer/dryer: Small homes don’t always have a laundry room. This creative hack shows you how to accommodate a washing machine set in your bathroom, using cabinets designed for the kitchen.
2) Shoe space galore: Create a mantle that hides your kicks. Nine folding shoe storage boxes combine to create a slender spot for shoes, topped with a shelf for odds and ends.
3) Patio Herb Garden: Urban dwellers with limited patio space will appreciate this tip for mounting plant boxes vertically for a space-saving patio herb garden.
4) Triple Bunk Beds: Family in a small home? Easily fit three kids in one space with this triple bunk bed hack — and it’s so cool they might not even complain about sharing. If you’re just dealing with one child, check out how this dad combined IKEA pieces to build a kid’s bed for a small space that is a dresser, toy storage spot and sleep space all in one.
5) Cat Condo: If you have little space for the litter box, this cat condo is for you. It looks like a bench; it hides the box. Genius.
6) Small space dining nook: Don’t waste an inch of kitchen space with this cozy DIY dining banquette, creatively fashioned out of a daybed.
7) Wardrobe for Baby: Keep baby’s footprint to a minimum with this small bookcase turned closet, which offers a small solution for storing baby clothes. Perfectly sized for those cute infant items.
8) Books on a Wall: No hacking required here. Just repurpose IKEA spice racks to hold books or magazines on the wall. The hack shows kids’ books, but this slender solution could work for adult reads as well.
9) Custom built-ins: Storage space is always at a premium in small homes. See how this couple used standard IKEA wardrobes to give themselves a lot of room while creating a custom built-in closet look.
10) Space saving daybed: This uses one of IKEA’s most inexpensive bed frames to create a convertible daybed. It slides in to take up half the size until your guests need full-size sleep.
A few helpful hints: Read the comments for issues encountered by readers who tried to recreate the hack. Remember that these aren’t sanctioned uses, so keep safety in mind when altering the products.
Have fun hacking!