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Be ready for guests in a small space

We think no space is too small for guests. Whether you’re inviting friends over for dinner or family unexpectedly shows up at your door, let them in! Check out these ways of planning and thinking in a small space, so there’s always room for a guest or two—or ten.

An EKBACKEN work top with white marble effect used as a pop-up table top surrounded by stackable and foldable chairs.
An EKBACKEN work top with white marble effect used as a pop-up table top surrounded by stackable and foldable chairs.

Guests come with stuff, so give them a place to put it when they arrive. In small spaces, movable and multifunctional furniture are musts—like room dividers on wheels. Maybe they’re usually your kitchen storage, but they can certainly hold coats too. Roll them out of the way or use them to create a room-within-a-room feel.

Create a ‘sit down, stay awhile’ vibe by going with the flow. Think flexible furniture and seating. Use stools as side tables. Wheel over the ottoman/module seat (that’s got secret storage). Toss cushions on a soft rug. Take down foldable chairs hanging on the wall. Grab snacks and get comfy. The only thing planned is catching up.

Time to order a takeaway? Move from the lounge and extend your dining area with a pop-up table. Roll up your rug and clear away furniture. Grab the table legs stored on the wall and the worktop that’s against the wall as marble-like art. Put them by your daily dining table and add in chairs. Set a festive table with candles and straws from your ‘instant party’ storage box.

When it’s such a long and lovely night that people end up staying over, offer a good night’s sleep. Fold the sofa down into bed mode. Load it with bed linens and pillows bagged up and hung on your space-saving extra storage wall. Use your coffee table as guests’ bedside table. They’ll snooze happily and wake up asking for breakfast!

Want more space-saving storage tips?

A floor plan sketched by our IKEA interior designer of the small space, with room dividers.

Here’s the floor plan of this small space room that’s 13 square metres. The kitchen is by the entrance and visually separated by the room dividers. The dining area is nearby, too. The loft bed claims the back wall and corner space with the sofa bed underneath. The walls around the bed are put to use for lots of storage.

A sofa on castors under a loft bed in a sleeping area.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior designer: Therese Ericsson
Photographer: Martin Inger
Writer: Vi Cooper/Marissa Frayer