Ikea and Small Space Solutions

Ikea Malaysia is posting a video series featuring their interior designers who give tips on how to squeeze every thing you need into a small space. Featured in this post are a 430 square foot apartment; a 118 square foot combo bedroom/living room and a 29 square foot bathroom that also has laundry facilities and more.

These videos are short and they demonstrate very well what can be done in a small space. The ideas could be easily applied to a tiny or small home. You can view the Ikea Malaysia Channel here and see the complete series.



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MelD - October 12, 2011 Reply

These are actually all featured on the Swiss Ikea site, too, and probably on most others, no?

Timaree - October 12, 2011 Reply

I like the bathroom sink and the idea of hanging hooks over it to hold more stuff!

I am anxious to see the IKEA by my daughter’s house to see if they are bringing in some more small space ideas.

Geoffrey Fortier @ It's WordPress - October 12, 2011 Reply

As someone about to move into a smaller (but I feel, more versatile) space, I’d love to implement some of these. Now if IKEA would only put out a video on how to get your girlfriend on board with small space lifestyle. 😉

alice - October 12, 2011 Reply

I like that first video, even though it’s for a commercial enterprise it says some sensible things. That shared space for 6 is ideal for the modern “bomb shelter” . In my “ideal house” the laundry, bathroom and clothing storage would be one integrated space similar to the bathroom shown (taking the increased moisture into consideration of course). Makes sense to minimize carrying things to and fro as much as possible. That desk table was a good idea, ideal for a DIY project.

JT - October 12, 2011 Reply

Pretty good ideas !

Adam - October 12, 2011 Reply

I just wish I could find that sink on the US site. that is ideal for me!

    Jim - October 17, 2011 Reply

    Go into any Ikea store – I Know they sell it in store – I bought one in Los Angeles and I’ve seen it in ikea stores in Phoenix and NY

BigGoofyGuy - October 12, 2011 Reply

I think they are great ideas for small spaces. Now I have another reason for going to an IKEA store. 🙂

Aaron - October 13, 2011 Reply

Hard to argue they don’t have good looking stuff and good ideas for how to use it all. Though their quality, while better than it was a decade or so ago, is still poor. Plus being made who knows where, there are better ways to go. Take their ideas and fulfill it through alternate means. Locally made new or used quality products would generally last longer and be better all around.

At the very least, buy their better stuff. My desk I got years ago is very sturdy and will last a long time. Some of their products are still flimsy and wouldn’t take a move to a new place which can be an issue.

Shalin - October 13, 2011 Reply

Awesome! 🙂

Reminds me of this idea of a guy in NYC – a 2 level cube *INSIDE* an apartment living/working space:

Nice Cube for Alternative Living
http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/nice_cube_for_alternative_living_18534.asp
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/garden/10cube.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2

And I think this guy is possibly my newest hero:
TED: Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness.html
420 sq.ft. living/working/entertaining space…

–S

jay - October 13, 2011 Reply

I cringed so hard when the artist in the first video slurped the coffee.

Joe3 - October 13, 2011 Reply

I’m looking for the glass table and kneeling stand with the red restraints for MY small house.

Sum Doood - October 24, 2011 Reply

Isn’t there nearly always a bigger picture? Ikea enthusiasts would do well to read this article:

http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/1098324/behind_the_brand_ikea.html

Good luck,

Lisa - June 23, 2012 Reply

I think the videos had a lot of excellent ideas for maximizing useage of space. I really liked the idea of the washer in the bathroom. I wonder how long it would take clothes to dry when hung in the bath.

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