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IKEA’s top space-saving tips for your home

Created: 03/10/2017

IKEA NORDRANA baskets in bathroom

In our increasingly crowded modern world, the simple concept of space is now at more of a premium than ever before.

A combination of towns and cities growing busier and the ever increasing number of consumer products we now have to choose from has led to us struggling more and more to fit everything we own into our living spaces comfortably.

Fortunately, the fact that many of us are now facing these challenges means that many producers of household goods and furniture are taking major steps to help us make the most of the space we have – however limited it may be – to make sure our homes can stay clutter-free without us having to say goodbye to any of our favourite items.

We were delighted to speak to the team at IKEA, one of the world’s best-loved furniture and home accessories providers, about some of the products they would recommend for maximising your precious space.

How to save space in your bathroom

The bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in our home, yet, if you think about it, probably contains more individual items than any other (with the possible exception of the kitchen), meaning that freeing up space is both a challenge and a necessity. Fortunately, IKEA have several great value products which can help you to do just that.

Carol McSeveny, Bathroom Sales Leader at IKEA UK and Ireland, said:

“Floating shelves are an inexpensive option for small bathrooms with little storage space to spare. Hang a pair of shelves, such as the IKEA BRICKAN shelves, above the toilet or create a makeshift vanity by hanging a large mirror over a single floating shelf. 

IKEA BRICKAN wall shelf

Pictured above: White BRICKAN wall shelf (£18)

“The floor beneath a console or sink is storage space waiting to be claimed. If you don’t have the budget to stretch to a sink with built-in storage, consider placing a woven basket such as the NORDRANA basket underneath as a simple way to store clean towels or extra toilet rolls, whilst also being pretty in its own right. 


Pictured above: Set of two grey NORDRANA baskets (£6)

“And as always, a well-planned cupboard or drawer makes tidy storage far easier to maintain. Sort your toiletries in to containers and bowls and then label each one in a design to suit your décor – giving everything a place, yet maintaining style.”

How to create a space-saving ‘nook’

Something you may not have thought of is creating a space for relaxation out of spare room you already have!

IKEA are big fans of making your own ‘nook’ – a cosy space in a previously unutilised corner of your home which can be turned into a haven of quiet comfort – and have a couple of recommendations on how to do this.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader from IKEA UK and Ireland, said:

“There are a number of ways to create a nook at home depending on how much space you have, but try and make the space as comfy as possible so you can truly relax and escape the outside world. One awkward area which hardly ever gets used, but is great for a nook, is the space under the stairs. 

IKEA RAMSTA lighting chain

Pictured above: Chain of 30 RAMSTA bright white lightbulbs (£4.50)

“Use a mattress topper, such as TALGJE, to add a layer of padding on the floor and finish with multiple cushions for extra comfort. To decorate your nook, simply place some fairy lights such as the RAMSTA lighting chain around the sides and attach wall shelves so you can store books and other accessories.

“To complete your nook fix hooks with some fabric along the edge of the bottom of the stairs to create a division so you can easily escape the rest of the home.”

Man lying on hammock

So, if you have just moved into a new place which feels a little pokey, hopefully the above will help you to see that the only limit to making yourself a lovely home is your imagination!

Whilst it is always best to call on the help of professionals who provide expert handyman services in Central London to sort out those major jobs like plumbing and electrical work, there is no reason why you can’t carry out your own space-saving project at a bare minimum expense. You certainly won’t need to build an extension to feel like you’ve just gained a whole lot more space!

Image Credits: IKEA, Drew Coffman

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