Anna's everything room
- Anna Cardell
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Interior designer
Our lives have many needs, but we only have so many rooms at home to satisfy them. So if you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, give it multiple functions. It’s easy when you keep things simple. Stockholm-based interior designer Anna Cardell shares a design for a spare room that is part home office, part craft and creativity zone, part guest room and 100% laid back, chilled out beauty. It’s filled with enough smart ideas and personality to turn a once under-used space into your favourite room in the home.
It’s far too easy for a spare room to quickly become a dumping ground for all of your random possessions. The key is to create a space that easily adapts from one function to the next.
At your local IKEA online store, you'll discover even more tips and ideas to make the most of every room in your home.
Space planning: Create an island
Make the most of every bit of space in a small room by floating the big pieces of furniture in the middle. Here, an island is formed when a desk snuggles up to the back of a sofa bed. It creates two zones; one for working and one for relaxing, while leaving precious wallspace free for a small room’s best friend: lots of storage!
When the desk isn’t in use and you’d rather be lounging on the sofa, swivel the desk lamp around for some more direct light for reading.
Fluid function: From your place to a guest space
A sofa bed that goes from a chillout zone for you to a comfortable bed for overnight guests in no time, is the biggest helper in making this a multi-tasking room.
When guests stay, just move the coffee table into bedside table mode. I used one that even has room inside for extra bedlinen.
Problem solvers: no more awkward spaces
In a small room, every bit of space is precious. A storage solution that fits under the eaves holds lots of books, while creating a surface for lighting, plants and favourite decorative items. Functional and beautiful.
We made use of a sloped ceiling by hanging a minimalist rod from stylish leather straps to create a place for guests to hang clothes.
Organising: Work those walls
Using vertical space goes a long way toward keeping compact, multi-tasking rooms like this one neat and organised. A combination of drawers, hooks and baskets hold plenty while still keeping things looking light and uncrowded.
The drawer units are perfect for things you need but don´t want to have on display.
On/off: Room for creativity
Solutions like an easy-move trolley full of supplies, an easel that hangs on the wall when not in use and a wire and clip combo for holding recent masterpieces fits an art studio into a corner. Just spread out when inspiration strikes.