In the tiny home, smart storage is a must. Hiding life's necessities behind sleek cabinetry often makes a space appear larger -- and makes living organized and clutter-free.
So cabinets and hanging closets are integral the design of Graham Hill's LifeEdited apartment renovation project in Manhattan.
Is it a surprise that a search for affordable cabinets with a sleek, minimalist approach and versatility in sizes leads us to none other than IKEA? We also have four other savvy solutions. Seen something better? Let us know in the comments.
1. IKEA Pax Shelving
IKEA Pax Shelving Unit Lyngdal and Komplement. Photo credit: IKEA.
There's a reason people turn to IKEA Pax cabinets -- they are versatile, relatively inexpensive, and fairly easy to install. Oh yeah, and flatpack.
For Graham's LifeEdited space, shelving is everywhere in a variety of forms, but the ability to mix different sized units makes Pax a winner. Luckily, IKEA's green credentials are not too shabby. IKEA's MDF and particle board is made to German standards for off-gassing, VOC's are low, and there's no formaldehyde.
Pros: Price. Each double set of sliding Lyngdal doors costs $300. Shelving innards without shelves runs about $200.
Cons: Can be slightly rickety if not installed properly, doesn't have quite the sleekness of some Italian designs (see below).
Price: Around $900 for this unit with all of its shelves and extras.
2. ZBoard From Way Basics
Assembly : Building with zBoards from Way Basics on Vimeo.This aptly named building materials company has a no-frills approach to design, meaning ZBoard "cubes" may not be as sleek as the LifeEdited apartment requires. They also have no doors, which doesn't fit with current design specs.However, ZBoard shelving may just come in handy for those last minute shelving needs inside cabinets and behind shelving unit doors. And Zboard's green credentials are impeccable. Also flatpack friendly!Pros: Very versatile shelf materials are made from recycled paper, without VOC's or formaldehyde. The shelving sticks together via 3M's double-sided adhesive. Supremely affordable.Cons: No doors, minimalistic design.Price: Around $20 per storage cube.
4. Albed Vista Moving Shelving
5. M8 Cabinetry
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