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Make a friend-friendly living room

What makes a home a friend magnet? One that’s inviting and always ready for anything? We thought it over and built a comfy, flexible, small living room with everything from storage to sleeping bags. Come see!

A flexible and comfortable living room that uses a modern shade of blue on the wall with a green sofa and textiles and wooden floor.
A flexible and comfortable living room that uses a modern shade of blue on the wall with a green sofa and textiles and wooden floor.

A room that’s welcoming for friends has to be welcoming to you. After all, it’s yours and you’re in it the most! So if you like to spend Saturday mornings on the sofa with a show on your laptop, plan for it and do it. Have a cosy throw and cushions nearby. A bed tray and coffee table keep your computer and your coffee off your lap.

IKEA has a variety of open cabinets for wall storage like EKET cabinets. You can group the square cabinets how you want.

A wall of storage helps prep for impromptu visits. Put fragile things like candles and vases up high. Keep a ‘quick-clean’ box, so you can toss in what’s strewn about. Don’t worry about cleaning too much either. A picture perfect home can feel stiff. Remember, too, displaying pictures and memories shows friends you love them!

IKEA has lots of home decor ideas like using INTAGANDE carafe in light green glass to hold a tall, thin stem.
Storage cubes can maximise organisation and minimise clutter. Just add in some boxes with lids like TJENA.
Open cabinets like EKET cabinet from IKEA can help frame your mementoes as focal points.

For a work area, think ‘on’ when in use and ‘off’ otherwise. Store supplies within reach, but hide everything in a painted cabinet to calm the room. The laptop table blends in, and the adjustable clamp lamps take up little space. Hang a chair up and away on a rack with hooks. An easy-to-move armchair works for reading or lounging.

Flexible furniture for small spaces and hanging out with friends works well when it’s multipurpose.

Friend-filled days can easily turn into party nights. Move the nesting tables under the laptop table. Use stools as side tables. The chair on the wall rail can hold jackets. Impromptu sleepover? Keep light away with a block-out roller blind. Include comfortable, thoughtful touches like a sleeping bag, blankets, a phone charging spot and a box with slippers and earplugs.

Inspired by the wall of storage? Check out our 3 wall ideas with EKET cabinets.

For a living room setup that’s ready for friends who sleep over, think comfort.
Collect an extra blanket, slippers and ear plugs in a box like this black TJENA box with lid from IKEA.
For a living room setup that’s inviting and accommodating for you and your friends, fix a dedicated place to charge phones.

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 Parkinson
Photographer: Mats Ekdahl
Writer: Marissa Frayer