Apartment Shared Space Ideas

In episode 410 of the IKEA Home Tour Series, the Squad visits Chantal, a professional musician who recently graduated from college and moved into an apartment with her boyfriend Darren – who is also a musician.

While they love their apartment, the couple faces challenges with the living room, which is their main living space and work space. This has caused issues with the couple’s creativity and apartment aesthetic, as a lack of proper vertical storage has caused clutter to pile up.

Chantal has a dream of creating an efficient work space within the living room that inspires the couple’s creativity, while also being able to use the shared space as a place to work, relax, and entertain. To make Chantal’s dream of establishing a sense of home and creating a space that defines who they are, the IKEA Home Tour Squad started by addressing Chantal’s vision of using the walls as a place for storage and organization.

To do this, the Squad began by mounting 3 BESTÅ storage frames complete with KALLVIKEN doors on the wall for additional storage, then they mounted a BESTÅ TV unit below the frames to complete the entertainment center. Multiple EKET 2 drawer cabinets were also mounted to the wall – perfect for additional organization, storage, and as a base for the couple’s keyboard.

Multiple LURVIG cat houses were then mounted on the wall, allowing their cat plenty of vertical space to exercise and play. To help Chantal and Darren’s creativity, the Squad added a MALM desk with a pull-out panel, EKBY JÄRPEN and EKBY BJÄRNUM shelves, a HEKTAR work lamp – complete with wireless cell phone charging, and a FLINTAN swivel chair.

Now when Darren sits down to edit video or Chantal has voice lessons, everything is neatly organized and within arm’s reach; allowing them to focus on their work. To address the relaxation and entertainment part of the living room, the Squad needed to replace the “college chic” furniture that was in the apartment.

To do this the Squad added a FÄRLÖV sofa complete with a FÄRLÖV sofa cover and a URSKOG lion cushion, and a REMSTA arm chair. A HOGHEM bar shelf was also added and stocked with SVALKA red wine glasses, HEDERLIG champagne flutes, and INTAGANDE glasses. Updated to a more modern style, the couple have a comfortable place to ""take five"" after they've finished working on their projects.

Now Chantal and Darren have an apartment living room that can seamlessly go from a place to work, to a place to relax, and to a place to entertain. They’re able to capture that creativity when it strikes and live without the stress of a cluttered space and not wanting to create because the mics or cables may be hidden away. 

Full YouTube Video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oqap_wWUzk

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