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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.
Is it a surprise that a search for affordable cabinets with a sleek, minimalist approach and versatility in size 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
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, VOCs 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.
These are custom-built cabinet and shelving units, and it shows. Henrybuilt aims to merge the European modular kitchen systems idea with custom cabinet-making skill. In materials such as oak and walnut, these cabinets are built to last.
Henrybuilt uses a "high percentage" of FSC-certified woods and sources bamboo and FSC-certified birch veneer for laminates.
Pros: The custom aspect would allow the LifeEdited space to be filled with an assortment of storage and cabinet units most suited to the floor plan.
Cons: Price, and perhaps timing. The company is also in Seattle, not close to the LifeEdited apartment.
Price: Custom by quote request.
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