Published on May 8th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Very hacky in Berlin – 10m² full of storage

Materials: Mandal bed, Capita legs 11 & 21 cm, Galant extention & shelf, two 2×4-Expedit, two 1×5-Expedit, two Vika Kaj, 100cm Linnmon Tabletop, Expedit desk mounting

Description: Last year I moved to Berlin to start my masters degree. I found a wonderful flat mate that I totally wanted to live with. Only weak point: the room for rent was only ~10m². After 3 month of planning, searching hacks and forums, I came up with a plan to get most of my stuff from my previous 20m² to the new tiny room.

1) Mandal bed mounted on 1×5-Expedit

I love the Mandal bed frame since I first saw the black edition at my local Ikea years ago. On IKEAHackers I found tons of DIY-bedframes made from Expedit shelves, which gives you lots of space for storage – in the shelves and underneath the bed.

So the idea was to mount my favorite bedframe on two narrow Expedit. It is pretty simple. You put together the bedframe as described by the manual BUT you do not attach the white bars, that come with it as a base. The 1×5-Expedits are assembled like the manual says. Put them down on their long sides and place the bedframe on top. You can fix the bed by putting long screws (~8cm?) trough the holes where the base is normally screwed on. Voila, bed with lots of storage :)

2) 2×4-Expedit meets Linnmon (Amon in Germany)

Next I needed a desk with storage for books, folders etc. My first choice would have been the Expedit desk combination but there is not enough space for a 80cm deep table. So I got a 2×4-Expedit and the mounting for the desk (from the IKEA service counter) but not the desk itself.

Instead I bought the smallest Linnmon tabletop and the adjustable Vika Kaj legs. I put together the Expedit but left the vertical part in the second row from top out. This is where I connected the Linnmon Tabletop. To mount my monitor I attached 11cm Capita legs to the small half round Galant extention, like I had seen in my local Ikea.

3) Mounted TV

Yeah, not exactly new…but it belongs to my room. Since my bed is 90cm high I needed to mount my TV to see more than just the upper part of the picture, while sitting on the bed. So I bought the Galant shelv and screwed Capita 21cm to it. It has the perfect width for my TV and there is space under it for DVD-player and photos.

So, that’s my room, basically. There are also two Grundtal drying racks, mounted high on the wall but that is not exactly a hack. Just using the ~3m of wall :)

And just if you wonder about the red and grey blankets – thats sleeping places the cats choose. If we miss one of the kittys, just look under my bed ;)

~ Bianca, Berlin, Germany

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Jules Yap

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10 Responses to Very hacky in Berlin – 10m² full of storage

  1. Lisa says:

    Hallo Bianca,
    ich bin auf der Suche nach Mitwirkenden für einen TV-Beitrag. Ich suche Leute, die im Hacken erprobt sind, einiges zeigen können und Spass daran haben, vor der Kamera an einem neuen Ikea Hack zu bauen.
    Gruss aus Köln

  2. Kristy says:

    Does anyone know if this is a queen bed or a twin?

  3. Eva says:


    do the shelves really match the lenght of the bed or are they too short?

  4. Anne says:

    Hallo nach Berlin!

    Once being a student myself with very low budget I know how important it is to use the whole capacity of very little rooms. I am looking still/again for ideas, this time for my children. ;-)
    Very nice!

    Grüße aus dem Ruhrgebiet, Germany

  5. Anonymous says:

    Really cool solutions! I like the bed especially.

    @zosh: anyone who has lived in a small apartment knows that you can’t have the interior catalog minimalistic type of living area with large spaces left unused for supposedly aesthetic effects. That doesn’t bother me. I prefer a home that is functional and smartly hacked for easy use any day.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed. I live in Sydney, NSW, where the average rent for a non-shared ROOM is $300 or so PER WEEK. You can imagine how much a whole unit would cost. If you’d rather save up toward your OWN mortgage, than pay off someone else’s, living in a small space makes sense.

      I’m 35, not a student. And yes, I currently live in about 120 square feet, because you certainly shouldn’t assume in an area where housing is so expensive, that dwellings are large — they’re as small as possible to maximize the number you can put on a piece of land. However, I *am* 35, not 21, so I have STUFF. Yes, people cringe when they see all the stuff in my place, but it’s what I can afford while I’m putting away $1500 per month toward a down payment. My hacks are using an IKEA kitchen bench (from the markdown area due to a corner that isn’t visible in my situation being shredded) as a holditall clothes cabinet, TV stand, computer desk (with a drafting chair as a seat). Then the trusty Expedit-beneath-the-bed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    sieht toll aus, Bianca! Hast den wenigen Platz super ausgenutzt. Sehr kreativ :)

  7. zosh says:

    So this is what it looks like when an Ikea catalog explodes in a closet. Girl needs to declutter.

    • charly says:

      Why that? It’s a small room and doesn’t look messy or anything.
      Pretty inappropriate comment, imo.

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