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The flexible, do-it-all studio

10 October 2017

When it comes to creating your dream home, it’s not about having more stuff. It’s about having the right stuff. When our interior designer, Fredrik, designed this 15m2 studio space, he was able to save both room and money by choosing pieces that meet more than one need.

Make the very most of a small space by using pieces that can convert from bedroom to living room to dining space, to home office.

The smallest of homes may not have space for a sofa to lounge on, but with a daybed you’ll never know the difference. Simply pull it out when you’re ready to sleep and you’ve got a double bed. A step stool multitasks as a bedside table, while affordable rails save lots of space by holding a wall lamp, alarm clock, plants, magazines, and accessories.

“If you’re living in a room that’s in use 24/7, the most important element is furniture that’s flexible and suits several needs.”

Fredrik Biel, interior designer

When it comes to making the most of a small space, nothing does it quite like this NORDEN gate leg table. Extend one, both or neither of the drop-leaves to transition easily between work, dinner or just hanging out.

What this little kitchenette lacks for in cabinet space it makes up for with open shelving, rails and boxes for storage. With just enough to take care of essential cooking items, this minimalist kitchen gets the job done without overwhelming the studio space.

“Surfaces that easily become cluttered or overwhelmed are calmed down with the addition of a curtain or doors, like this kitchenette.”

Fredrik Biel, interior designer

Pull the curtain back and you’ll discover a totally flexible and well-planned storage area. Two shelving units keep folded items and boxes, while hanging pieces and shoes reside on a clothes rack that can be rolled in and out of the closet. Up high? That’s perfect for seasonal items you use less often, bed linens, and cleaning supplies. And to maintain a sense of calm, we chose a curtain colour to match the walls seamlessly.

Start planning out your space by using a floor plan of the room.

As you can see, our 15m2 room doesn’t provide a ton of space to work with. But by choosing smart, multifunctional pieces and keeping the decoration simple, Fredrik created a home that’s both comfortable and stylish.

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.


Interior designer: Fredrik Biel
Photographer: Martin Inger
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson