While students are slowly starting or returning to their student life, we share some useful tips on how to turn a temporary apartment into place that really feels like home.
From sofa to bed in two minutes
If you cannot have a sofa and a bed in one room, consider FLEKKE day-bed to save your money and space. Keep it as it is or create a cosy corner with lots of pillows, or pull out the bed base and get a double bed in no time. The large drawers have space for extra quilts, pillows, linens or other things you need to store. And if you stuff quilts and pillows in large cushion covers, you get both storage and comfortable back support during the day.
Do not judge by appearance
The space-saving BRIMNES wardrobe may look tiny, but don't trust your first impression. One shelf holds about 10 pairs of folded trousers or 20
T-shirts, while the clothes rail holds about 20 shirts on hangers.
Three functions in one
To make the most of your space, choose furniture that has several functions. Our BOSNÄS footstool is one of those. It can also be used as additional seating or a box for storage. Besides, the cover is easy to keep clean as it is removable and can be machine washed.
The wardrobe is not the one and only
Especially when it comes to students who prefer simple and comfortable solutions, or move more often than others do. In the beginning of independent life, the wardrobe can be replaced with a simple clothes rack, such as MULIG. It can be used as a partition if you need more privacy, or anywhere in your home, even in damp areas like the bathroom and under covered balconies.
If you are starting a new life with less, choose versatile furniture, such as BRIMNES dressing table. It has a spacious drawer and a practical compartment under a hinged lid with mirror that helps you organise your jewellery and make-up. It also can be used as a desk with space inside to store books and study accessories (or to hide your smartphone when you are trying to study for the exam).
A kitchen: personal vs. communal
Communal kitchens are great if you like sharing food or chores with your flatmates. But what if you don't? Make a household chore list and a schedule for using the stove, hang it where everyone can see. Then, mark cabinet shelves and food containers with different colours or names, so that everyone knows what products they actually have, and who is responsible for washing dishes today.
If you need more space in the kitchen, use SUNNERSTA trolley to store spices, cutlery or dinnerware. It will also be useful when moving dinner plates from the kitchen or if you need an additional bookshelf or a bedside table in your room.
Multiple flatmates means that cabinet and drawer space in the kitchen is likely stretched to the limit. Our SKÅDIS pegboard system turns any blank wall into a great looking and super functional storage expanding solution.
IKEA 365+ food containers in different sizes and shapes are perfect to store the leftovers, especially if you don't often bring garden goodies or mom's special salad to your new temporary home. The containers are transparent, so it’s easy to find what you are looking for, regardless of where the jar is placed. And they have aroma-tight lids to keep foods with strong flavours and smells from tainting other food in your fridge. Unless the curd pudding that smells like garlic is one of your favourites.
One hallway for all
A hallway in a rented apartment is usually too narrow for a solitaire wardrobe. If you need more space for all your and your flatmates' coats, scarves and backpacks (not to mention a bike), turn the hallway walls into storage. With different hooks, hangers and racks, there will be more floor space left for the footwear.
Yours, mine or ours
In high-traffic spaces like the bathroom, several sets of the same storage mean what’s yours stays yours. Three (or more, if there is more of you living together) RÅSKOG trolleys with deep drawers keep towels, toiletries and other daily necessities organised, separate and close at hand. Meanwhile the sink cabinet can be used for the shared items in the bathroom such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.