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Practically Chic: Stylish Storage at IKEA

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As our lives become busier than ever, it can often feel hard to keep everything in check. Particularly if you've had a few late nights and a taxing week at work. Our homes can begin to feel just as cluttered. 

As much as we all wish Marie Kondo would miraculously turn up to pay us a joyful visit – the last thing anyone wants to do is clear away clutter late on a Thursday night – we've, instead, found some brilliant storage pieces that practically do the hard work for you. 

From hooks and hanging rails to bookcases and bathroom cabinets, we've hand-picked the most stylish pieces from IKEA's storage range, that are as easy on the eye as they are on the budget.  We’re confident each of these are guaranteed to spark joy.

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For the living room

The living room is commonly where we go to relax and unwind, so it’s important to keep this room nice and organised, in order to achieve ultimate chill out mode. It’s also the room we tend to display our most cherished belongings, be it a book collection or framed photographs with loved ones.

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IKEA’s large range of versatile EKET modular cabinets make the perfect organisers. They can be stacked, mounted, or even used as a room divider. There are options for both open and closed shelving, giving you the freedom to decide whether you wish to display your treasures or hide your clutter. 

The push-to-open design gives this edgy storage unit seamless, clean lines and the movable shelves make it so easy to adjust the interior space. Make it your own by creating an asymmetric set up, or mix and match the various colours to create a feature wall. 

EKET series, from $25

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For the ultimate customised storage, the BESTA system is where it is at. You can either choose ready-made combos or design your own to suit your needs – from state of the art entertainment units to beautiful storage solutions. With over 60 different colour and material combos, BESTA can be designed to suit any living room. 

To help you visualise your new storage cabinet in the home, jump onto the IKEA website and take the virtual BESTA storage planner for a spin.

BESTA storage combination, from $355

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Up your interiors game with a storage piece that's equal parts trendy and functional. IKEA's STOCKHOLM sideboard, with its moody walnut veneer and grainy texture, provides the perfect storage solution for crockery, serve wear and glasses. 

With adjustable feet, push-to-open doors, and a movable shelf, this piece is the stylish, no-fuss sideboard of your minimalist dreams.

STOCKHOLM sideboard, $499

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For the kitchen

Having an organised kitchen not only saves you time, but can also help make cooking duties a much more pleasurable task. After all, when you consider how much time we spend in the kitchen, it only makes sense to be sure that all the essentials are properly positioned.

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But the hard truth is, most kitchens are not always function-friendly, often lacking enough bench space. This is where the VADHOLMA kitchen island can come to the rescue. 

Not only does this kitchen island feature a large butcher block which gives you a robust workspace, but it also has a rack toward the back, allowing extra space for storage.

VADHOLMA kitchen island, $699

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And then of course there are the kitchen drawers to consider. Believe us, when you take the time to organise, we guarantee your life in the kitchen will get a lot easier. 

Turn to IKEA’s VARIERA range, available in both sustainably-sourced bamboo and playful plastic, so you can even mix-and-match, should you wish.

VARIERA range, from $9.99

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A stylish way to free up some counter space, the RIMFORSA range  elevates your kitchen storage game... literally. With the hanging rail, hooks and containers, you can store spices and ingredients above the bench top. 

For the ultimate cooking hack, flip and hang the container holder upside down to create the perfect iPad or recipe book holder. Better still, bring your garden indoors with the RIMFORSA basket, making the perfect home for your herbs.

RIMFORSA holder with containers, $24.99

RIMFORSA basket, $19.99

RIMFORSA railfrom $9.99

RIMFORSA hook (4 pack), $3.99

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For the bedroom

Not all of us are lucky enough to live in a home with a walk-in closet, or at times, a closet in general for that matter. More often than not, we have to get creative when it comes to housing clothes, shoes, and other bits and bobs.

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Enter the ELVARLI open wardrobe, a storage system that can easily adapt, depending on your space. And if Pinterest has taught us anything, it’s that having an open wardrobe can actually look mighty trendy, allowing people to showcase their belongings in a stylish and modern way.

ELVARLI open wardrobe, $584

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And there’s also the NORDMELA chest of drawers, a sleek storage solution that works perfectly in the bedroom. Aside from providing a place to store those clothing items that are not for hanging or displaying, such as pyjamas and undergarments, the bold black-blue colour of this unit is striking and clean, adding an instant glamour to the bedroom.

NORDMELA chest of drawers, $249

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Clean lines and simple design, the MALM chest is the apt addition to any bedroom. Created with storage in mind, the drawers are deep so you can fit your entire wardrobe – with room to spare. With six different configurations spanning two-draw to six-draw set ups, they're designed to fit almost any bedroom. 

To maximise your space and keep your draws tidy, purchase the SKUBB box set. These individual boxes sit in the draw and help keep your socks and lingerie to themselves.

MALM chest, from $69

SKUBB boxes (6 pack), $7.99

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It doesn't get more Scandi than the BJÖRKSNÄS drawers. Expertly crafted out of birch wood, this durable chest of drawers has been designed with fashion in mind. The five-drawer chest ditches traditional knobs for leather-strap handles, making it a stylish addition to any bedroom.

BJÖRKSNÄS chest- $449 

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For the bathroom

Whether you’ve been living in your home for 10 weeks or 10 years, having an organised bathroom will save you time (and of course, spark joy) when it comes to getting ready in the morning.

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One of the most effective ways to achieve this – particularly in smaller bathrooms with minimal cabinetry – is by introducing a freestanding shelf, like the VILTO shelving unit

This open storage space has a simplistic design that increases the functionality of your bathroom, while also doubling as a display piece, allowing you to add decorative pieces in the mix.

VILTO shelving unit, $129

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A collection of GODMORGON boxes is another handy bathroom addition. Instead of chucking everything into one drawer, why not use these chic little compartments to help contain all your toiletries and beauty products, within individual categories. This will surely make bathroom routines a whole lot easier.

GODMORGON box with lid set, $9.99

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For stylish and seamless bathroom storage, the GODMORGON cupboard does the trick. In five different finishes and colours, this mounted wall cabinet has one large door, and four tempered glass shelves designed to hold the weight of your countless toiletries (including all those mini products you hoard from hotels). 

GODMORGON wall cabinet, $129

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For the home office

Whether you work or study from home, your office is a place that should inspire a flow of creativity, one that allows you to get down to business. But of course, that's not always the case. In fact, home offices can oftentimes become neglected, driving us to work anywhere, but in the actual office itself.

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To help get the creative juices flowing, you can always count on IKEA’s iconic, BILLY bookcase. This timeless product has been a go-to for many people since it launched in 1979, and it’s not hard to see why. It acts like the ultimate blank canvas, allowing you to personalise and customise to your heart's content. 

Fancy a wall-to-wall library? Easily done! How about a place to display all of your favourite decorative items and keepsakes? No problemo!

BILLY bookcase, from $69

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Convert your BILLY bookcase into a stylish showcase with the BOTTNA display shelf. For when your home office is more like a client showroom, the BOTTNA is the perfect little display hack to both store and display your best work.

BOTTNA display shelf, from $9.99

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The TJENA storage box provides a pretty solution to your stationary sorting problems. Available in five sizes and four different colours, this trendy utility box allows you to keep your office paraphernalia organised and out of sight. 

The best thing? They are easy to assemble, can fold down, and fit on most bookcase shelves.

TJENA storage box with lidfrom $2.99

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And while we’re on the topic of reigniting your creativity, these SKÅDIS pegboards may come in handy, too. This collection is such a fun way to personalise your desk space, as well as a way to keep your home office in order, by making sure that all of your smaller items are nice and close when you need them.

SKÅDIS pegboards, from $15

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For the outdoors

Don't let your outdoor space become the graveyard for beach umbrellas, lawn mowers and BBQ's, make it a livable part of your home. Whether you're short on courtyard space or boast an expansive backyard, there are plenty of outdoor furniture sets that allow you to optimise your space for comfort and storage, without breaking the bank.

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Undecided on outdoor furniture? With the SOLLERÖN modular set, you have complete flexibility. This rattan outdoor furniture series has different sections that connect, to help you design a customised lounge set from scratch.  

Choose from two to three seats, armrests, armchair and a stool. Apart from being fade resistant, and water repellent, you can also store items under the seats. 

SOLLERÖN modular outdoor furniture set, from $80

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For versatile outdoor seating and storage, the dark stained wood ÄPPLARÖ series deliver on function and style. From storing gardening equipment to cushions and blankets, opt for the storage bench with wall panel fitting to make the most of any available wall space. 

For items that can't be hung, install some floating shelves on the wall panel to maximise the space.

ÄPPLARÖ series, from $15

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