Ask an IKEA Designer
Ask an IKEA Designer
We know that your homes are working harder than ever right now. So we asked Canadians to share their top interior design dilemmas through Instagram. IKEA designers created stylish, functional solutions to make your spaces work better for you. Check out our followers' biggest challenges below and get inspired!
Living more outdoors Working from home Living with kids Small space solutions
Follow @IKEACanada on Instagram for opportunities to share your design questions with our IKEA Designers!
Embrace your own great outdoors
"How do I make the most of a small outdoor space?"
1. Think flexible
Fold-out furniture is easy to move around, and can simply be hung on a wall or
stored away when not in use.
"How can we get some fresh air with a small townhouse patio?"
1. Move activities outdoors
Load everything on a
utility cart, so simple activities like small planting or craft projects can be enjoyed outside.
2. Create a pop-up zone
Set up a cozy pop-up spot in the sun using portable and foldable furniture. Add
blankets and outdoor cushions for an extra level of comfort.
3. Create an extension of your home
Bring out your
textiles, add string lights and accessories to enjoy some fresh air and a little personal time.
Make your home work for you
"How can I set up my space to work from anywhere in my home?"
1. Keep your body comfy
laptop pillow or portable table helps to get the computer at the right height to support the wrists and neck.
2. Think multi-use
dining table can double as a desk. Just pull up a desk chair that you can easily wheel to the side when it's time for dinner.
3. Pack it away easily
box or basket to store your work supplies, so you can easily tidy them up at the end of the day.
"How can I make a home office in the spare bedroom?"
1. Natural light is key!
Besides ensuring better lighting for video calls, placing the
desk to face a window will help prevent both eyestrain and screen glare.
2. Reflect your own style
workstation blend in by coordinating the colours and textures of furniture and accessories with the rest of your room.
"How can I set up two offices in a very small space?"
1. Use the walls
cork or peg board to each person, so everything you need is within reach, and off the floor and work surfaces.
2. Think outside the “desk”
Add different work solutions like a
laptop table with a stool or a lap desk to allow multiple people to use the space at the same time.
3. Two people, one desk
Opting for one larger
desk can provide enough space and flexibility for either one or two people to work side by side.
Living with little ones
"How do I set up my space to home-school my kids?"
1. Create a workspace
Kids can easily get distracted, so try to create a
dedicated study area in your home where they can focus.
3. Incorporate screen-free techniques
Even kids can experience screen fatigue. Take a break with an easel or a
white board to teach them their ABCs or solve a math problem.
"What are some creative ideas for kids using IKEA products?"
2. Create space for movement
Set aside your
ottoman and lay out some playmats for tumbling, playing, and gravity-defying gymnastics.
3. Involve the whole family in play!
Games are not only good for the kids but for the adults too. Unwind and enjoy a carefree moment of play together.
"What are some storage solutions for toys in the living room that look nice but still hold lots?"
1. Behind closed doors
Dedicate low shelves in a
cabinet to toy storage. Solid doors will help to keep the space calm and beautiful.
2. Beauty meets function
Easily tidy up
toys into stylish bins or baskets with natural textures like rattan and bamboo - they will seamlessly integrate into your decor.
3. Storage for the whole family
coffee table or ottoman can double as a central spot for toys to live as well as a place to put your feet up.
Make room for what you love
"How can I separate living spaces?"
1. Create a curtained retreat
ceiling rail with textiles is an easy way to divide your space, create privacy, and reduce noise.
2. Separate your space but stay social
open shelving for extra storage that doubles as a room divider without making a small space feel crowded.
3. Get creative with your layout
Update your layout and use
furniture to divide your space and create separate zones for work and leisure.
"How do I create an exercise area so I can workout at home?"
1. Create time and space
Dedicate a time for exercise and choose a
room in your home where you can easily roll or move the furniture out of the way.
2. Make it a personal experience
lights, turn on some serene music, light a candle and Namaste. Self care can be this simple.
3. Use what you already have
There's no need for pricey equipment that takes up extra space. Use your
sofa for dips, or repurpose a towel for a great resistance band.
"How do I organize a small space with no coat closet or shoe storage?"
1. Shallow is best
Stay organized and save floor space with
closed storage. There's a spot for everything - from shoes and work gear to outerwear and car keys.
2. Sit and store
bench with built-in storage helps to optimize a small space and allows guests a spot to sit and remove their shoes.
3. Work with your walls
Keep coats, scarves and bags within easy reach by using
wall hooks, rails, and hanging baskets to keep things tidy but accessible.
Looking for more inspiration from Canadian homes?
Share your space by tagging #IKEAinspo on
Instagram for a chance to be featured, or browse our fan gallery to get inspired by the beautiful possibilities!