Published on June 10, 2018

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Living in a small space can be hard enough without having to worry about practical storage solutions that don’t compromise on style. Short of having to give up the pieces you love or resort to storing them in a far-off spot that is virtually unreachable, there are a handful of ways in which you can work around the aforementioned, with clever pieces that promote efficiency with storage in mind. Naturally, we’re looking to Ikea for the no-fail pieces that will help keep your space in tip-top shape and looking stylish while doing so. 

Chances are if you’re living in a small space, you probably lack a pantry or a semblance of one—Ikea’s 365+ collection is the solution for that. Embrace a cohesive approach to organizing your culinary essentials, and you will find that it takes a significantly less amount of room as opposed to storing bulky boxes and packaging.

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We love a good, wall-mounted storage solution, especially if it prevents the use of precious floor space. The SEKTION boasts a streamlined design which will house an eclectic slew of essentials with effortless ease. Prop one up in the entry for a handy catch-all station or utilize it in the kitchen as a makeshift pantry.   

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The IKEA PS 2014 secretary desk is a modern update on the classic piece, featuring a drop down desk front and chic color blocking. 

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The Kungsfors utensil holder and storage series was made for small kitchens. Featuring a wall-mounted rack, it comes with a customizable feature, specifically catered to you and your culinary needs. Mount the piece over the sink or the by the stove for easy access! 

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No storage space in the bathroom? Bring in the Vilto wall shelf to double as a versatile storage solution that can house everything from towels to your beauty essentials. 

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Calling all small-space entertainers! This breakfast table-turned dining table features a drop-leaf table functionality that’s ideal in size and minimal enough to fit within a variety of decorative styles.

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We’re all for furnishings that work double duty, especially when they come with a handy concealer. The KNAPPER comes complete with a minimalist rack, cleverly hidden behind the streamlined mirror. It’s those extra few inches of closet space you were missing!

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Invest in a set of the FROSTA stools for when entertaining calls for additional seating. Simply stack and store when not in use! 

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A bench that can function as a storage unit, accent piece, and shelf, is always a plus in our books. The thing we love most about the NORNÄS or BESTA? Its pared-down composition that’s just begging for a colorful upgrade!

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Ditch the bulky chair that holds the day’s (or even, week’s) worth of clothing and accessories, in lieu of the streamlined (and very appropriately named) MULIG valet stand. 

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Consider this a fix for those awkward nooks and corners! The SÖDERHAMN corner piece can easily fit within a variety of spaces and comes in an understated finish made to be decked with colorful throw pillows.

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Small-space dwellers swear by the MALM storage bed, and for good reason! Featuring a liftable, slatted base, there’s a wealth of storage space beneath that can hold a surprisingly decent amount of clothes and gear. 

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Shoe storage can often be a miss, and a serious eyesore in the closet-less entry. We love the STÄLL shoe cabinet for its inconspicuous qualities and ultra slim composition designed for small spaces. 

This story was originally published on March 06, 2017, it has been updated with new information.

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