If you think kitchen cabinets can't be used for seating, think again. More and more crafty furniture flippers are repurposing IKEA staples like the METOD cabinets to make stunning statement pieces for the home, and we can't get enough of the idea. Storage seating isn't just a clever space-saving hack either, but a stylish design choice, as proven by the beautiful DIY project in this entryway alcove.
The result is METOD cabinets like you've never seen them before. Using some timber, some brass hardware, and a few coats of gentle sage green paint, this IKEA hack adds character and charm to this calming entryway, all while doubling up as a useful storage solution. The project is the work of home renovator Linnéa Martinsson (@krigadalsgard) who regularly shares IKEA hacks and ongoing improvements to her Swedish home over on Instagram. Here, she tells us how she made her cozy seating nook in just a few simple steps.
Lilith is an expert at following news and trends across the world of interior design. A personal fan of the Scandi-inspired interior, her job entails keeping up with everything there is to know about the Swedish powerhouse IKEA. Paired with her insight into the latest home renovation projects, she regularly shares IKEA hacks with readers to inspire their own DIY projects in home design.
If you had to describe Linnéa's home, Krigadal, in three words they would be: soothing, serene, (with a hint of) Scandi. Her Instagram profile documents its entire transformation from bare foundations to the sprawling Georgian-style home it is today. The best part is, it's allowed Linnéa to have complete creative freedom over the style of her interior.
'When we built our house we decided early on that we wanted a built-in seating area in our entryway,' she explains. 'We think it turned out well and it really suits the house.'
The paneled alcove by their front porch offered the perfect spot for the bespoke storage idea. After they'd custom-made the hat shelf to hang jackets and coats, Linnéa decided to move on to the cozy seating nook, which is the perfect spot for putting on your boots and wrapping up for the outdoors, as well as storing hats, scarfs and shoes.
'In terms of the basics, you'll need something to measure with, a pencil, a screwdriver, and a saw,' Linnéa says. 'We used three METOD wall cabinet frames from IKEA in the dimensions 60x37x40, as well as the Maximize box insert. For the drawer fronts, we used the BODBYN design.'
Once she had all the materials, Linnéa and her partner cut some timber frames to fit along the bottom of the alcove to raise the seating and act as a skirting board so that it would blend seamlessly into her space. It was then a case of assembling the three METOD cabinets and fixing them to the base.
She purchased the wooden bench separately, using a wood stain to create the dark oiled effect for her entryway storage idea. This was then attached to the top surface of the cabinets. 'The seat is a wooden panel that we have oiled in wood stain,' Linnéa explains. 'In between each cabinet, we installed a thin board to get a ”built-in” feeling.' At 70 inches wide, it's just slightly wider than the cabinets so that a lip hangs over the edge of the drawers.
Of course, an IKEA hack wouldn't be complete without a splash of color. This beautiful sage green paint shade is the perfect calming shade for this cozy spot, and it pairs wonderfully with the delicate wallpaper at the top of the wall and the warmth of the brass handles that Linnéa chose for the drawers.
'Both colors in this space are from Jotun,' she explains. 'The color on the cabinets is called ”Green Harmony” while the color of the paneling is ”Pale Linden”.' The green theme is echoed in the delicate wallpaper at the top of the wall (the design is Wilma Green from Sandberg Wallpaper).
While this IKEA hack works beautifully as a standalone project, what's most impressive is the attention Linnéa has given to detail. A closer look at her home shows that shiplap walls and ceilings are used throughout the space, while her kitchen also uses METOD cabinets, brass hardware and a sage green color scheme. It makes for a wonderfully cohesive space that flows seamlessly from room to room which, let's face it, is everything we'd ever wish for in our own homes! For more IKEA hacks and design inspiration, check out Linnéa's Instagram.
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Lilith Hudson is the News Editor at Livingetc, and an expert at decoding trends and reporting on them as they happen. Writing news, features, and explainers for our digital platform, she's the go-to person for all the latest micro-trends, interior hacks, and color inspiration you need in your home. Lilith discovered a love for lifestyle journalism during her BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham where she spent more time writing for her student magazine than she did studying. After graduating, she decided to take things a step further and now holds an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London, with previous experience at the Saturday Times Magazine, Evening Standard, DJ Mag, and The Simple Things Magazine. At weekends you'll find her renovating a tiny one-up, one-down annex next to her Dad's holiday cottage in the Derbyshire dales where she applies all the latest design ideas she's picked up through the week.
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