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August Blog Giveaway: Win a $500 IKEA Gift Card

I’m very excited to share 50 of my fave IKEA home storage ideas with you today. Because, let’s face it, we’re spending so much time inside now thanks to Covid19. What else is there to do but pull our fingers out and get things in order?

Be it the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or home office, there are a tonne of ways to make each space feel cleaner and clutter-free. Having moved into an apartment late last year, I was faced with smaller rooms that had less storage than my old townhouse did. And so I had to get smarter about how I lived. Small spaces don’t mean you have to sacrifice on storage. You just have to think outside the box sometimes.

You’d be surprised at how overwhelming so much unorganised chaos can be. It can honestly affect your mental health. I’m by no means a minimalist (I do love to hoard homewares after all), but I do like everything to have its own home. And so I hope today’s post inspires you to get the rooms at your place in order. You’ll feel a huge weight off your shoulders when you’re done, I promise you!

And here’s the best part: Scroll to the end of this post and you can enter to win a $500 IKEA voucher. That’s a whole lotta cash to put toward getting your bits and pieces stored and organised.

ikea bedroom storage and organisation ideas

IKEA Bedroom Storage Ideas

Be it under the bed or in your closet, there are so many unexpected nooks and crannies you can squeeze storage into. Above are 12 of my fave organisational godsends. The links to the products are below.

I love the subdued colour scheme in the mood board above (even the cat matches the vibe!). It’s such a calming combination of white, soft grey, beige and black. It’s actually a really good idea to turn down the colour when you’re trying to fit a lot of storage into a small space. It makes the entire scene feel less visually chaotic.

If you have a cosy boudoir on your hands, you’ll benefit from these small bedroom styling hacks.

The other thing I love about the IKEA home storage ideas above is that they’re so multi-purpose. I absolutely encourage you to think outside the box when you’re trying to store things. Those gorgeous felt baskets could be used in so many different rooms at home. And even the transparent shoe boxes don’t have to store shoes. Pop anything you like in there.

Something I really need to get a handle on at my place is unifying my coat hangers. I have so many different colours and materials. There are even a few (gasp) wire hangers in the mix! I love the look of all white hangers, so they’re at the top of my shopping list.

ikea bathroom storage and organisation ideas

IKEA Bathroom Storage Ideas

Next in my roundup of IKEA home storage ideas we’ll tackle the bathroom. I, like many of you, are living with a small bathroom that’s very tight on storage. Enter these decor gems. The links to all of the products you see above are listed out below.

The concept of utilising vertical space is a huge one when your bathroom is small. If you can squeeze in a trolley or caddy, by all means do so. But if you can’t even fit that in, you gotta get things off the floor. And so you really have to turn to solutions like hooks on walls, storage systems on the back of the door, and lightweight items you can easily move around (like that genius towel drying system above – so portable).

I also like the idea of bringing materials like bamboo into the bathroom. With all the tiles and ceramics in a room like this, the entire space can feel pretty cold pretty quickly. Adding in some warm timbers is a great way to create a sense of balance. Same goes for displaying soft towels and baskets. They’ll definitely make the bathroom feel less clinical.

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ikea kitchen storage and organisation ideas

IKEA Kitchen Storage Ideas

I couldn’t do a roundup of the best IKEA home storage ideas without including some clever kitchen finds. It is the hub of the home, after all, but sadly it’s a hub that can turn cluttered and chaotic in the blink of an eye. These 12 storage ideas should help keep things calm. All the links for them are below.

My fave ideas above are the ones that really sort out the wasted space in drawers and cupboards. When I moved into my apartment last December, I was blown away by how poorly designed the kitchen cupboards were. The shelving couldn’t be adjusted and yet there was so much room you couldn’t utilise.

Corner cupboards are another design feature I know a lot of you battle with, so it’s nice to see some storage solutions for those as well. And bonus points to the little white waste bin that you can clip on the inside of your under-sink cupboard. I definitely need me one of those. Oh, and the pot lid organiser. I’m praising the decor gods for the invention of that bad boy.

ikea home office storage ideas

IKEA Home Office Storage Ideas

With so many of us working from home, I had to include some clever inspo for your office. And I fully appreciate that some of you might not have a whole office. Perhaps it’s a little nook. Nevertheless, the 12 ideas above should help get this part of your home in order. Links to see more of them are all below for you.

I’ve gotta admit I’ll always be a sucker for stationery and a beautifully decorated home office. I hate that the modern word is so techy and less tactile. Paper is gone. No need for pens. Forget scissors and sticky tape. Well, I’m still embracing it all and I’m so glad there are so many nifty ways to store and showcase these pieces.

I’m doing more home office content on the blog of late as I know Covid19 is making you hungry for a stylish workspace. Do let me know if you need some help in this area and I can point you toward a recent post

Bonus Tip: Look to pieces of furniture that do double duty. The Storage Table and Friheten Sofa Bed below are great examples of this. They serve an initial purpose, but also have hidden (or not so hidden) storage thrown in too. Such an added bonus for those of you who need it.

I own the Frihiten Sofa Bed and have reviewed it here for you if you’re considering purchasing it.

ikea side table with storage and frihiten sofa bed in dark grey

Giveaway: Win a $500 IKEA Gift Card

Inspired by some of the ideas here, or just eager to hit IKEA as soon as possible to shop up a storm? You’re in luck. I’ve joined forces with the team to give away a $500 gift card to one lucky TLC blog reader.

To enter to win the $500 IKEA gift card, simply:

Competition is open to Australian residents only. Comp closes 11.59pm, Monday August 31. Winner emailed and announced here.

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  • Deidre G Cassidy

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    Definitely kitchen storage. Updating (with inspiration from your blogs) due to a burst pipe. Love good storage.

    2 August, 2020
  • Paula O’Brien

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    I’ve been waiting for the new custom stone bench tops to come back into stock (August 2020) so I can say goodbye to my ugly 90’s laminate! My kitchen bench sits in the middle of my open plan kitchen/dinning/living area and updating it would make such a difference to the space

    2 August, 2020
  • Natasha

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    Hi Team. I just decluttered my home in lockdown and realised my entryway is empty of storage or personality. I would use the $500 gift voucher to organise that area with the following purchases…1 x Nordmela chest of low line drawers, 1 x Rorkar hall runner, 5 x Skuggs wall hooks, 2 x Botkurka wall shelves and 4 x Pudda felt organiser tubs. This would allow a scandi/minimal look to my entryway as well as dedicated space for those bits an pieces we all have upon entering our homes.

    3 August, 2020
  • Tania Morri

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    A crisp white ( 160 x 80) BEKANT Desk sit/stand, which looks simple to adjust from watching the short product video. My husband uses one at work and thinks I would benefit using one in the home office for productivity and creativity, as it would allow me to appreciate the outside view more.

    3 August, 2020
  • Ivana

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    Id love a pax wardrobe! Been eyeing it off for a number of years and never bite the bullet to purchase.

    3 August, 2020
  • Tcoll

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    A sagstua bed frame so we don’t have to sleep on the floor anymore and a brown leather Strandmon to complete my reading room!

    4 August, 2020
  • Mandy Graham

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    I need a new dining table.

    4 August, 2020
  • sally

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    All the kitchen storage ideas, there is never enough room!

    4 August, 2020
  • Melissa

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    I want to customize some pax wardrobes to finish off my master bedroom.

    4 August, 2020
  • Margaret Chafer

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    I would love to buy some small storage organisers as I love working in a neat and tidy area, where I can find things easily.

    4 August, 2020
  • Gail

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    I have been an Ikea fan since I set up my first home in the 80’s. Now retired life brings a new start- amazing life doesn’t end in your 60’s!!! I would put the voucher towards a stylish comfy chair and sofa to enjoy now that I finally have the time to sit and read and at times just ponder!!

    4 August, 2020
  • Sue Millman

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    Thanks for this post TLC. Definitely the under-bed storage boxes, the laundry baskets and the plywood desk organiser for me! Love a bit of storage:)

    4 August, 2020
  • Katie Stow

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    I would love to win this to put towards our new kitchen, which currently has cream faux woodgrain cabinetry and bright blue rag-rolled laminate benchtop!

    4 August, 2020
  • Nadia Fornaro

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    Where do I start? My first stop would be the bedroom, I’ve had my bedroom suite for nearly 25 years, don’t get me wrong I love it (hubby made it) but I think I’m over due for a new one and with a Ikea $500 gift card I could start making my boudoir more up to what’s in now. 🙂

    4 August, 2020
  • Jessica

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    HI Chris!
    The Fjällbo TV bench (X2) is high on my list for our lounge room storage solutions.

    4 August, 2020
  • Aliya Hutchison

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    Kitchen & office storage. Our pantry is small and the shelves have a fixed height that doesn’t use the space well. And my new study is almost empty so that needs a complete overhaul. Storage, cable management and some decor items to inspire me while I work.

    4 August, 2020
  • Mel

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    We are working on our plans to pull down and rebuilt our home, i would use the voucher on EVERYTHING i saw above!! thanks for the post -some great idea to keep in mind!!

    4 August, 2020
  • Donna

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    Apparently kids just keep growing, so a new Bjorksnans Queen bed for the daughter who has wrecked her old bed using it as a disco floor and a Fredde Desk and Jarrfjallet chair for the son, who despite being 16 and knowing everything already, really needs a dedicated study space. Thank you!

    4 August, 2020
  • Kate Palmer

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    Office storage while working from home is a must – i need some Alex units

    4 August, 2020
  • Edith Liptrot

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    Definitely bedroom and bathroom storage – never enough

    4 August, 2020
  • Michelle

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    I would love some rattan furniture for our outdoor area. I love the selection IKEA has. So well priced but really good quality!

    4 August, 2020
  • Magalie Terry

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    We aare building a new house and ther are so many things we need from IKEA, I would add it to the storage for our walking robe.

    4 August, 2020
  • Kristy Schulstad

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    Its hard to only spend $500 but, I would absolutely get the BESTA TV bench for $390, LANGSTED Rug for $99 and maybe I could borrow $38 so I can get the KVISTBRO Storage table for $49 🙂

    4 August, 2020
  • Theint

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    I will be moving into a new house in 2 months time, will be over the moon if I could use $500 gift voucher on either Alex study desks and drawers(our current one is falling apart and we are working from home and studying too) and maybe pantry storage canisters and drawer organisers.
    Thanks to tlc interiors for endless ideas and inspiration!

    4 August, 2020
  • Mandy

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    The little old house we bought to renovate has no storage except a tiny linen cupboard, so I’d definitely be looking into bedroom wardrobes with some of the space maximising ideas you shared added inside!

    4 August, 2020
  • Jade O

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    I’m in desperate need of some bedside tables and storage after my recent ones broke when the kids decided to play on them (the joys of homeschooling and playing the floor is lave!) Thank you for the chance TLC Interiors, this will the perfect way to treat myself with a little therapy while in iso with the family!

    4 August, 2020
  • Sarah

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    I would spend the money on under bed storage boxes as well as some new storage (and a spruce up) of my home office. I love your emails! Thanks for inspiring me to create beautiful spaces at home.

    4 August, 2020
  • Yvonne Karan

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    After over 15 years of living in the 90s my kitchen could do with a brand new facelift for a start.

    4 August, 2020
  • Shelley Findlay

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    I have loved the Hemnes Daybed for years and now my daughter has taken the double bed from our spare room and we have turned it into an office it would be perfect in there. Especially as our guests no longer have a bed! (oopps).

    4 August, 2020
  • Sonia Denisenko

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    We are mid renovation and trying to juggle the Melbourne lock downs as well! I have all my Ikea favourites lists saved and ready to go for home contact-less delivery. We are furnishing and organising the kids area almost entirely with Ikea, and will also need +++ kitchen within cabinet storage solutions when we move in. $500 would go a long way to help the wish list! It’s VERY exciting and the Ikea website is keeping me sane in this tricky time!

    4 August, 2020
  • Jenny

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    What a wonderful prize to win.
    I am moving to a new home next month and am lucky enough to be getting a sewing room.
    I would spend it on storage for my many pieces of fabric and hopefully shelving.

    4 August, 2020
  • Angela Santostefano

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    We have just visited Ikea and measured up for a new laundry! We hope to purchase and install it by October so a $500 voucher would be wonderful to put towards this. Pretty please!!

    4 August, 2020
  • Vilma Bell

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    A bed with storage underneath for my daughter – she’s graduating out of her cot but there is no wardrobe in her tiny bedroom, so the more multi-use storage options I can get in there the better!

    4 August, 2020
  • Travis

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    I’ve purged a lot of stuff during lockdown, (ie: A lot of useless crap!)
    But I need to organise what’s left so it stays organised.
    My laundry needs storage, my kitchen needs neatening up/organisation.
    Chris/Ikea – send help!!

    4 August, 2020
  • Julie Gresswell

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    I would love to buy an entry console table and mirror plus buy a bunch of frames to style the walls and I would also love the picture ledgers to put above our bedhead so that I can interchange frames filled with beautiful photos of family, friends and interesting art – I’d also love some rugs, bedding and storage ideas, oh plus need new tallboy and side tables for our bedroom – I love Ikea and I love your website, you are one clever guy!!! Thanks for this fantastic opportunity

    4 August, 2020
  • Jacquie K

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    Definitely kitchen & study storage.
    Would love to reorganise my pantry and it would be great to have some storage in my study whilst working & studying from home.

    4 August, 2020
  • Erin Richardson

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    We are currently rehashing the home office, and would love dearly to organise it with Ikea brainwaves.

    4 August, 2020
  • Mich

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    Hello there! We are renovating and don’t have left over to update with furniture. Our items are fantastic furniture and I actually am terrible at getting anything to look good. With kids, I just need some storage ideas to create a calming space for them where they “love” their room and play area.

    4 August, 2020
  • Katie McGregor

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    I’m starting to re do my bedroom and I’ve love to spend the voucher on a rug and some shelves for our room, plus some plants. I love Ikea so much and have a lot of their items picked out already for our bedroom.

    4 August, 2020
  • Maya Anderson

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    Now that we have two kids our house is needing some more storage and organisation! I really want to add a line of Billy bookcases and wall hooks to our entry way to create a ‘drop zone’ so it looks tidy. A $500 voucher would go a huge way towards it. Thank you 🙂

    4 August, 2020
  • Leela Wilson

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    Hmmm where do I start? Isolation has caused some serious pantry organisation jealousy! I would love to buy some jars and the clip on basket featured in your article. Maximising pantry space is a must when its small. Bedroom storage (under bed storage boxes) would also go a long way to hide all my ‘stuff’ and reduce clutter. $500 would go a long way to transform spaces!

    4 August, 2020
  • Carolyn Bain

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    I would buy the Liatorp hamptons style coffee table in white.
    It has areas to display favourite collections and also looks stylish.
    I will have money left over for a small filing cabinet.
    Thank you for your design ideas you share with us.

    4 August, 2020
  • Summer Ellis

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    I would put the voucher towards a Pax wardrobe. My favourite pastime is to use the online pax planner to build my dream wardrobe – the jewellery insert and pull out storage bags are top of my list. I also do need a new bed.

    4 August, 2020
  • Francesca

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    Hi Chris,

    What a fantastic idea for a prize!! You made so many fantastic suggestions for storage ideas in your post, thank you for those. I have been planning my his and hers master WIR’s by playing around with the PAX planner following my virtual consultation with one of the team….it would be a no brainer to say that’s where I would use the voucher.

    4 August, 2020
  • Cheryl Lunnon

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    Kitchen – A place for everything, would be ideal, saucepan lids they always hide, the dishcloths seems to be the focal point of my sink, my current pantry containers are a mix match of shapes that do not utilise the space.

    4 August, 2020
  • Heather

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    Their handmade wooden rugs! Was so impressed to discover the sourced these directly from the makers

    4 August, 2020
  • Norma Pettit

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    Would use gift voucher towards dining room chairs, as have a few of mine that are definitely showing signs of repeated wear and repair, plus a real comfy padded one with arms for sewing chair

    4 August, 2020
  • Barbara

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    All of the IKEA storage boxes / baskets / containers blows my tiny mind !! Give them to me now so I can start my trip to organising heaven !!

    4 August, 2020
  • Kellie Anderson

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    I’d like to get some cupboard waste bins, so they are out of sight. Yuk! And I’d love to organise my husbands Lego collection with some glass cabinets or shelves for the media/ man room.

    4 August, 2020
  • Anne

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    I have a whole IKEA wishlist that I add to constantly. Honestly, there’s so much I want from there. But if I was to win the $500 voucher, I would use that baby on the “IVAR storage unit w foldable table” & “ALEFJALL office chair”. It would complete me to have a nice table/office setup at home.

    4 August, 2020
  • Susan Mann

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    Definitely some Trofast storage for the kids toys, Skadis systems to organise our home office/classroom/playroom We are here in Melbourne with medically compromised family members, so we could use some help making the “everything” room work a bit better for us.

    4 August, 2020
  • Vanessa

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    I am hoping to start up a business from home, and so I would love to get home office furniture with a gift voucher. Storage and desks and definitely a heap of Alex drawers

    4 August, 2020
  • Julien

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    Bathroom storage is a must! Also clothes storage/organisation. Also IKEA have fabulous artificial plants!!

    4 August, 2020
  • Sharon

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    Hi Chris, I have a house that is completely full.

    I love Ikea and have several storage solutions including the Billy bookcases ( older style with the glass half doors on the top and enclosed half doorS on the lower section) Across our lounge room Library Wall full of books, dVDs CDs and games.

    So I would like to enter this competition for my younger brother, he has had a terrible year last year with an array of health and personal events. Anyway his name is Dean and he has recently bought a house In suburban Melbourne and all the furniture he has is 2 folding chairs and a plastic table and chairs. ( His previous partner took all the furniture and household goods). So I can’t tell you what he needs as he really needs everything and an IKEA voucher would really help him out. thanks so much.

    4 August, 2020
  • Ash Nikolich

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    The STRANDMON for my living room!!! You can’t go past a leather arm chair for comfort and style.

    4 August, 2020
  • Bonnie Corcoran

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    Floor covering is my first choice if i win ,or, maybe i,ll choose later if i was lucky enough to win the $500 IKEA Gift Card

    4 August, 2020
  • Bridget Dilleen

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    I haven’t got any wardrobe cupboards in my 2nd bedroom and would really like some. I’ve checked out the offer at Ikea and would use a GV to go toward a wardrobe from one of these ranges – the PAX, Platsa or Musken range – they all look great and are really versatile which is what I like about them

    4 August, 2020
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