Skip to main content

Home visit: How to make the most of small spaces

Living in a small space is becoming common, but what’s unique is how creatively that space is utilised. We got a tiny apartment dweller to share some ideas and tips on how space can be optimised. 

Rhianna climbing her bed ladder opposite the kitchen in her tiny apartment.
Rhianna climbing her bed ladder opposite the kitchen in her tiny apartment.

White’s the way to go

If you want to make your room feel bigger, try using an all-white scheme with closed storage. Make your displays more creative - storing everything behind closed doors isn’t the only option in a small home. “The shelves encourage me to think about what I put on show,” says Rhianna. She thinks of her all-white decor as a blank canvas. Using open shelves and everyday objects, Rhianna turns her walls into a beautiful display.

Clip-on accessories to the rescue

Adding a wall/clamp spotlight allowed Rhianna to create a cosy reading nook for herself. Her books are stored below the mezzanine bed frame. And with the simple addition of the lamp, the furniture is not just more useful but she doesn’t sacrifice any extra space as well. What's more, the light can be clipped on anywhere - use it as a desk lamp or a kitchen spotlight.

Display as many memories as you like

If you’ve always wanted a gallery wall, but found yourself short on space, try using a photo frame which can display all of your favourite memories.

Try putting your walls to work

Love entertaining? Don’t let a lack of space prevent you from enjoying what you do best. It can often get difficult and bulky to store extra seating. But, Rhianna has found a simple yet effective solution - the walls. Adding hooks along the walls lets you hang lightweight folding chairs for guests. “Believe it or not, my apartment is often the meeting place before we head out to dinner in the city!” says Rhianna.

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 stylist: Ashlyn Gibson
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards
Follow Rhianna on Instagram: @rhiannamay_