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The Small-Space Inspiration Behind the New IKEA Catalog

Late summer always brings a new IKEA catalog, and the new one has just been released. This year, they’re focusing on making the most of small spaces and learning how to get the most out of your home without sacrificing storage or style. IKEA was inspired to go even more modern this year too, but with their trademark Swedish style.

You can browse the entire 2012 IKEA catalog, and check out a few of the clever ways they maximized space below!


  • Walk-in to a dream closet 1 of 13
    Walk-in to a dream closet
    Free-standing PAX wardrobes can add a ton of storage to a relatively small room, and you can install them yourself.
  • Walk-in to a dream closet 2 of 13
    Walk-in to a dream closet
    Maximize the new storage by adding hooks on the end and organizing everything inside.
  • Walk-in to a dream closet 3 of 13
    Walk-in to a dream closet
    "Make a walk-in closet in the bedroom without hiring a carpenter. Free-standing wardrobes stand side-by-side to create a walk-in, walk-through closet. It's also a makeshift wall and room divider. There's space for you and your clothes without taking over another room." - Elin Stierna, Interior Designer at IKEA Communications
  • Where toys and parents live in harmony 4 of 13
    Where toys and parents live in harmony
    Who says loft beds are just for kids? Here, the parent's bed is up and away, leaving room for the whole family to play underneath.
  • Where toys and parents live in harmony 5 of 13
    Where toys and parents live in harmony
    "In this multi-purpose room, there's a bed for everyone — including a loft for grown-ups — while creating plenty of separate areas. Portable, convertible solutions transform the room from day to night. It cleans up easily (wheels help!) from kids' playtime to cocktail hour for adults. This room was made for organized chaos." - Eva Halldin, Interior Designer at IKEA Communications
  • A country kitchen in a city apartment 6 of 13
    A country kitchen in a city apartment
    Kitchen islands aren't just for grand-sized rooms. Think outside the typical layout for a kitchen that meets your needs in a small space.
  • A country kitchen in a city apartment 7 of 13
    A country kitchen in a city apartment
    "A 75 sq ft kitchen can do everything a large dream kitchen does. A trolley on wheels doubles as extra storage, work space and a breakfast area. Cabinets are ceiling high. Rails and hooks create hanging areas for cooking utensils, pots and pans. No meal is too complicated in this clever kitchen with a big island and special spots to show off your favorite recipes." - Henrik Jensen, Art Director at IKEA Communications
  • A country kitchen in a city apartment 8 of 13
    A country kitchen in a city apartment
    A trolley next to the stove wheels out to provide an extra work surface where you need it.
  • Big dreams in small spaces 9 of 13
    Big dreams in small spaces
    IKEA is focusing on small spaces and smart ways to maximize their use. What follows are several examples of the clever space planning that went into the 2012 catalog.
  • How six people can share one room 10 of 13
    How six people can share one room
    "Six people can sleep, cook, eat, live and grow in this shared room without giving up a sense of privacy and personal touches. Clever curtains, wall sorting, shelves and smart storage create a balance of living together as a unit full of individuals." - Fredrik Biel, Interior Designer at IKEA Communications
  • How six people can share one room 11 of 13
    How six people can share one room
    Six adults in 415 sq ft of space? It can be done!
  • How six people can share one room 12 of 13
    How six people can share one room
    Curtains act as soft walls, partitioning the room and giving everyone a little privacy.
  • How six people can share one room 13 of 13
    How six people can share one room
    Smart organizing cuts down on clutter and gives everyone a little personal space.

You can request a printed copy of the 2012 catalog to be sent to your home, or you can browse the entire catalog below. There will soon be an iPad app available too.

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