Your home has secret storage spaces you never knew existed.

By Marla Christiansen
Updated April 18, 2018
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Ikea Hack Space-Saving Credenza
Perfect for storing plates and glasses, a credenza adds a lot of surface area while maintaining a sophisticated vibe. This floating fauxdenza from Almost Makes Perfect is footless, keeping clean lines, which visually elongates the room. Built with kitchen cabinets from IKEA, this project is entirely customizable to your space, no matter how small. 
| Credit: Almost Makes Perfect

Custom built-ins and multi-purpose furniture are the easiest ways to create a comfortable living space in close quarters. While saving tons of room, these sleek items are likely to burn a hole in your pocket. Thankfully, with a little IKEA hack inspiration and some elbow grease, you can transform budget-friendly IKEA pieces into space-savvy lifesavers to make the most of your small space.

Ikea Hack Space-Saving Credenza
Credit: Almost Makes Perfect

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Footloose and Fancy Free

Perfect for storing plates and glasses, a credenza adds a lot of surface area while maintaining a sophisticated vibe. This floating fauxdenza from Almost Makes Perfect is footless, keeping clean lines, which visually elongates the room. Built with kitchen cabinets from IKEA, this project is entirely customizable to your space, no matter how small.

IKEA Hack Magazine Storage
Credit: Curbly

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On a Roll

Running out of space on your coffee table? This handy DIY storage case from Curbly can keep your magazine stash within reach while out of sight. Mounted with casters, a pair of IKEA frames becomes the ultimate solution for storing old papers, art, or photos underneath a bed or couch.

IKEA Hack Bedside Shelf
Credit: Ich Designer

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Free up some floor space by ditching your nightstand and opting for something a bit more minimalist. Providing plenty of room for nighttime accessories, this sleek bedside shelf incorporates a lamp right into the design. Find out how to make it on Ich Designer.

IKEA Hack Mail Storage
Credit: IKEA Hackers

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Handle with Care

Keep your letters and bills from piling up with a super simple mail organizer. This resourceful idea from Ikea Hackers quickly transforms an IKEA door handle into a wall-mounted letter rack.

IKEA Hack Key Hiding Storage
Credit: Planq Studio

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Now You See It...

The entryway is the first spot in the house that everyone sees, regardless of whether or not you have an official one. Thankfully, storing the entryway essentials doesn’t have to mean a huge piece of furniture. Planq Studio cleverly demonstrates how to use framed art to conceal keys, receipts, passes, and other necessities to help you establish order.

IKEA Hack Storage Headboard
Credit: Livet Hemma

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Get Some Headspace

Give your headboard some functionality with the clever addition of storage. This simple, space-saving design features a ledge for displaying art and photos above, and hidden shelves for tucking away books below. Follow the complete how-to on Livet Hemma.

IKEA Hack Kitchen Storage
Credit: IKEA Hackers

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Broaden Your Horizons

Counter space is a hot commodity in a small kitchen. Expand your horizontal surfaces with this clever storage unit that both accommodates bulky appliances and has its very own fold-out counter (so you now have an eat-in kitchen!). Find the full how-to on Ikea Hackers.

IKEA Hack Dresser Desk
Credit: In My Own Style

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Desk to Impress

Make your desk work overtime by transforming an IKEA dresser into a rolling secretary. Outfitted with drawers for some extra storage, this crafty desk by In My Own Style can be closed up when not in use to keep things looking neat and tidy.