Organizing Ideas To Steal for Your Kitchen from Ikea Stores

There were two store tours on my list, and I chose Ikea. You’ve read about the baskets before.

Who doesn’t love Ikea, and who doesn’t like affordable storage solutions? I’d never been to an Ikea store before, so it was on top of my list during last month’s visit to U.S. I happened to visit two Ikea stores. Not such a big fan of their furniture, but their organizing and cast-iron cookware section is another story. ¬†Going by news source, it will be another two years before Ikea opens its first store in Noida/Gurgaon (I’m not sure which one as the job postings say Gurgaon).

So, here is a virtual tour until then…less of words ..more of pictures. The highlight, of course, is a beautiful, well-planned 390 sq. ft home with a kitchen, living/entertaining section, bed and a bath.

Black Magic: a summer setting at the entrance of every store.




Every store has a small model home. The stores around Los Angeles had a 390 sq. ft set up. I couldn’t believe my eyes it was this small and kept going around in circles know enter through the kitchen and exit out of the bedroom and again enter through the kitchen. Funny and crazy, I know…but I just wanted to take it all in. A real example of small is beautiful. This is the entryway leading into the kitchen followed by the living section at the back…390 sq ft home in ikea

To the side of the kitchen is the bedroom; adjacent to the living and bed is a small bath. As you can see, the bedroom has ample storage on the top.

bed bath storage

What type of kitchen do you have? L-shaped, U-shaped, galley..each has its own distinct advantages. Have you given enough thought during the planning phase as to

  • where the cooking area should be
  • where would you stock spoons, and large utensils (under the stove section?)
  • where would the oven and microwave go (storage for baking essentials under the appliances)
  • where would you stock dry grocery
  • where would the small appliances such as mixer/grinder/blender/food processor go
  • what kind of drawers you would need
  • how far would be the cleaning and waste bins be

Here are a few layouts ….

This one is my dream kitchen but probably in black and not the natural wood color. Love it for its pantry space.


A parallel or galley kitchen – neat segregation of work space and storage.

parallel kitchen

Do you visualize yourself chalking down menu, recipes, shopping list on the board?

galley kitchen

Open plan with an island..imagine this opening into backyard full of vegetable/fruit trees

l shaed kitchen

Sleek and modern U-shaped kitchen

u shaped kitchen ikea

black ikea kitchen

ikea store tour what's inside

ikea glassware, cast iron, crockery, stoneware

Did you enjoy the tour? Talk to me..what kind of posts would you like to see here…

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Taken by me at the Ikea stores