How can you create more space for your life and stuff in a super small dwelling? Four words: Just hack more space. To get you inspired, we rounded up our favorite room expanding Ikea hacks. Each one of these stylish ideas shares how you can maximize a tiny footprint with space maximizing features.
01 of 05
How to Build a Murphy Bed Desk
Problem: You need a home office that moonlights as a bedroom.
Solution: You need a Murphy Bed Desk – but the ones sold in stores can cost $5,000 or more. Vanessa from Vanessa Shaffer Designs and her hubby saved a bundle by building their own out of plywood and parts from a discarded IKEA table.
Why we like: It’s a double-duty solution that maximizes floor space.
02 of 05
DIY Sofa for Small Spaces
Problem: You’re having a hard time finding an affordable sofa that will fit in your shoebox-sized home.
Solution: Hack one out of a children’s bed frame. Gabriella, the retro-fantastic blogger behind Sewing is Hard, transformed an Ikea GULLIVER bed frame into a charming sofa – and get this, the project cost less than $250!
Why we like: It’s super easy to DIY, and its impressive price tag comes with bragging rights.
The icing on the cake? She used a $25 IKEA duvet cover to create the lovely... upholstery. Here's the tutorial.
03 of 05
This Console Table Expands for Dining
Problem: You wish you had a dining table that would disappear when not needed.
Solution: Build a double-duty console. Chiara, an Ikea aficionado, created an expandable dining table out of two slim MALM tables.
Why we like: Just fold the table and presto -- it's now a console, desk or an entryway landing strip. Then, when it’s time to entertain, it magically expands into a dining table that seats up to 10 people.
The icing on the cake? While this hack seems complicated to DIY, it's not. To... put together all you need is a power drill and a couple of door hinges. You'll find the entire tutorial on Ikea Hackers.
04 of 05
Transform Dead Space into Shoe Storage
Problem: You need a place to stash shoes in your small entryway,
Solution: Upcycle old tables. When the mysterious blogger behind the site Redesigned by M couldn’t find a small shoe rack for her abode's entryway, she repurposed three Ikea LACK tables that someone kicked to the curb. Ingenious right?
Why we like: We love any idea that keeps useful stuff out of landfills. Even better, this project took less than two hours to build. That's insanely speedy!
The icing on the cake? You can also... use these shelves to park house keys, mail, and grab and go accessories like hats and sunglasses. Get all the tutorial details.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
An Eye-Popping Book Display
Problem: You’re looking for an organized and beautiful way to show off your treasured book collection.
Solution: Ikea’s TROFAST storage boxes are usually used to store toys and assorted odds and ends. But, Rosandra, the crafty design enthusiast behind Mommo Design, enlisted them to organize her messy home library. This illuminating idea includes built-in lighting.
Why we like: This floor to ceiling idea allows books to shine while avoiding the visual clutter a standard bookcase can create.
The icing... on the cake? Rosandra designed built-in lighting by putting LED light into closed TROFAST boxes. This gives the book display a bright and an airy appearance. You can make one too. Here's the tutorial.