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The 24/7 living room


Small spaces have a way of bringing family closer together. Especially when a living
room also serves as a bedroom. Thats why this room needs to boast maximum
flexibility and functionality. Heres how you can create a living room that converts
easily into a bedroom, office space or dining room. (Yup, it can be done!)

Bed room Li vi ng Room Smal l Spaces

So youve got more family members in your home than bedrooms? And youre short
on office space? Oh, and a dining room? No worries! Your living room has space for
all of the above. The key to creating a highly functional spot that serves as a living
room, bedroom, work space, and dining room is simple fluidity. Everything should
have more than one function, and many items should be easily moved or hidden
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The sleeping space

Ready for bed? Consider a super convenient sofa bed thats easy to convert no
matter how sleepy you are. A clever footstool with interior storage keeps linens and
pillows undercover during the day, while a small coffee table on wheels is easy to roll
over and use as a bedside table at night.

Sleeper seat section
Customize this combination

Storage space
Make your space around the bed cozy and create storage all at once. Tall storage
units on either side serve as a wardrobe for clothing and accessories (his on one side
and hers on the other), while storage high above the head of the bed is just right for
items you use less often, like seasonal decorations, costumes, and more. As a
finishing touch, place a shelf directly behind the sofa. This will not only give you a
place to add a reading lamp, a few decorative items, and your alarm clock, but the
space beneath it is the perfect size for hiding bulky bags and suitcases. Page 2 of 6
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Shelf unit with doors Storage seat section Shelf
$150.00 $185.00 $24.99
Customize this combination

The office
When its time to buckle down, make it easy on yourself. A fully-stocked work space
may seem impossible in an already tiny living room, but its totally doable. From the
cabinets to the desk, pick furniture thats narrow, with just enough space to spread
out your papers and set up your laptop. Keep desk lamps on the smaller size, and
avoid desktop clutter by giving every single thing a place in the overhead cabinets.
Make the storage work for you with the help of interior organizers for your drawers,
magazines, notebooks, and an initialed box for each family member. Page 3 of 6
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Swivel chair


Shelf unit with door Hanging organizer for accessories Hook
$63.00 $5.99 $4.99

The dining space

Make a smooth transition to dinnertime by simply moving your two desks to the
center of the room. Add your desk chairs and a couple other fold-ups (that can
otherwise be easily hung on the wall when theyre not in use). As for your tableware,
cut down on back-and-forth to the kitchen by keeping yours in the storage nearby.
Textiles like napkins, runners, and tablecloths stay neatly folded in drawers, while
plates, bowls and cutlery live in cabinets.

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The entertainment center

Every living room needs a stellar place to watch your favorite shows and flicks.
Again, start with some smart storage; a combination of open and closed storage
allows you to hide away bulkier items and clutter, while your DVD player, game
consoles, and similar items can remain out. Interior organizers like boxes and
baskets help take convenient tidiness to the next level. And youll be surprised how
much simple and limited decoration, and attention to lighting can play to your
advantage. Think soft, indirect lighting around the TV, and think curtains to avoid
those annoying glares.


Cleaning storage
Living rooms are best known for chilling out, but this is no ordinary living room, of
course. Being fully functional, why not add a space devoted to all the cleaning and
clothing care items one might need? A hanging organizer keeps items like irons, lint
brushes, and spray bottles tidy, while a small ironing board and vacuum cleaner also
have plenty of space, and drawers below hold accessories like clothes hangers. Page 5 of 6
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Hanging storage with 3 compartments


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
warranties and your right to return the products will be lost.

Interior Designer: Rita Mestre
Photographer: Sandra Werud
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson


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