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We could all use a little more functional space in our homes. And sometimes you don’t see it when it’s right under your nose. Or stairs. Make those stairs work double duty by mounting hooks to hang your outerwear. And the lower the hook, the easier it is for little ones to grab their own stuff.

Great idea! Use GRUNDTAL S hooks to hang clothes, bags and hats from practically anything | See more fun interiors ideas in Filippa's home in Stockholm | Smart storage | live from IKEA FAMILY

Storage can be more than just a place to put your things - we added some paint to IVAR to make it a work of art.

You don’t need more space to store your stuff, you just have to be creative with the space you’ve got. Consider under the stairs, it’s a natural winner at keeping clutter under control. A sloping ceiling might appear to spoil the possibilities. Fix a series of rails to take advantage of the different widths of an awkward space and attach shelves to fit. Corner cabinets turn a tricky space into something useful. A dainty cabinet takes up very little floorspace.

Tape pictures of your storage items to the outside of your boxes for an easy overview. That way you can find the stuff you need when you need it, and put it away again fast, too.

Having books on display makes the room feel more lively. It's easy to create your own reading wall using picture rails and wall shelves.

You don't need a large space to make a big statement. Transform your hallway and create a stunning space for a dramatic arrangement. All you need is half a table top – this one is about 30cm deep – and two legs. It’s a cost-effective and unusual way of creating a display.

Instead of using them for lighting, paint paper lamp shades to create decorations. Each one takes just a few minutes to do but they create instant impact and help define the space from the rest of the home. It’s lovely to watch them sway gently in the breeze.

Add wheels to some scrap wood and paint the top to create a handy portable side table | #IKEAIDEAS

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