IKEA is known for its understated yet chic aesthetic, one that marries versatility with a no-fuss approach to design. When it comes to small spaces—we’re talking tiny studios where the bedroom and living room are essentially one and the same—those are the characteristics we seek in effort to maximize the limited square footage we find ourselves working with.
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. Read on to see the tried-and-true pieces from IKEA your tiny studio apartment most definitely deserves.
RANARP Pendant lamp, $26.99
Swap out that clunky table lamp in favor of a more streamlined light source for the bedside. A simple pendant hanging above will do.
It hardly gets better than a stackable bookshelf that can also double as a nightstand. This cubby-inspired piece takes storage to new heights while maximizing valuable floor space.
Ivar Cabinet, $70
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 shelf. Studio dwellers, take note.
Skadis Pegboard Combination, $17.99
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.
With three varied points of functionality, this wall-mounted hook and mirror set is a no-brainer.
Mosslanda Picture Shelf, $12.99
Ditch the often clunky headboard in favor of a sleek wall shelf, set well above the bed, and deck the piece with an assortment of photographs or art.
Headboards that are so much more
Trones Shoe/Storage Cabinet, $24.99
The Trones series may be earmarked for shoe storage but we’re all for repurposing the piece with a little bedroom organizing in mind—consider this a sleek alternative for a dresser or even a headboard.
Discover some storage space behind your bed with a chic headboard that can store anything from magazines and books to small clothing items (like socks) and accessories.
Beds with multiple points of functionality
For the tiny studio that’s lacking space for both 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.
Gjora Bed Frame, $359
Canopy bed or room divider? You decide. We’re handing over major points for the clever use of the bed frame as a method to separate one portion of the room from the rest.
The upgraded hamper
Fladis Basket, $12.99
Chic storage solutions are a must for the 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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