Finding your dream apartment in a major metropolitan area is like winning the lottery. Between rising rental fees, nonexistent parking and 12 other young professionals just like you (but with better credit) applying for the same unit, you’re crazy if you don’t snag a decent place the second you’re approved. These days, it’s increasingly common to move into a place whose charmingly vintage kitchen is actually beyond impractical: zero counter space for coffee brewing, veggie chopping, drink pouring, batter mixing—the list goes on. So, what would any smart, city-savvy woman do? Drive to Ikea. Unsurprisingly, the big-box retailer offers many storage solutions for small spaces. From clever shelving hacks to chopping blocks that only look expensive, click through for Ikea’s most iconic kitchen-storage buys and how Pinterest’s savviest decorators are seamlessly integrating them into their homes. One round trip, two hours of building and three successful dinner parties later, we can finally cook again. Apartment complete.
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Petite and portable, this cook-friendly cart serves a multitude of purposes.
Forhoja Kitchen Cart
When one kitchen counter isn't enough, bring in a movable cart that's equal parts decorative and useful.
Falsterbo Wall Shelf
Repeat this unit two to three times to fill empty wall space and maximize storage.
Stenstorp Kitchen Island
Whether it's needed for chopping veggies or as a table for two, this versatile surface has you covered.
Deconstruct this vertical shelf for a practical solution that simultaneously imitates art.
This alternative to a built-in pantry works with any existing color scheme.