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Home visit: a cleverly planned small urban space

Just how multifunctional can a 25-square-metre home be? Find out how Aiko organised and decorated her stylish small space to accommodate a busy city lifestyle…

A grey and black living room with patio and French windows.
A grey and black living room with patio and French windows.
A gathering of friends around a dining room table.

Embrace flexible furnishings

Aiko transforms her living space into a dining room with the help of flexible pieces. The coffee table extends and can be raised to dining height, while the sofa is high enough to sit on to eat, and neat stacking chairs accommodate extra diners.

Smart space-planning

Opposite the sofa, Aiko has chosen closed storage – wooden cabinets painted matt black. The living area leads into a metre-wide, restaurant-inspired kitchen, where space is maximised with understairs and open storage.

A place for everything

Light colours create a spacious feel in the sleeping gallery. The stack of open wooden storage boxes keeps things perfectly organised. A low area under the bathroom is utilised as additional storage space for clothes, with a wardrobe positioned next to it.

A floorplan of Aiko’s apartment.

A small sanctuary with party potential

Aiko lives in a 25-square-metre apartment with a ceiling height of 3.5 metres, where she has managed to fit a living room, dining area, balcony, kitchen and bathroom, with a bedroom in the gallery. Despite its size and multiple functions, it still feels homely and spacious – somewhere to both relax and entertain friends.

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More small-space inspiration

Discover even more ideas from homes around the globe where people have figured out the art of turning small spaces into smart spaces.

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: Emma Lange
Photographer: Oskar Falck
Writer: Stina Holmberg