IKEA Wants Sliding Walls to Be the Big Next Thing in Small Homes (videeo)


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Their new idea could help you repurpose an entire room in seconds.

Maximizing our smallest spaces is a top-of-mind task for everyone — whether you live in a teeny urban apartment or a just-not-quite-big-enough suburban home. And this problem has often driven the innovation that comes out of IKEA. After, all those flat-pack boxes have helped couches, armoires, and dining tables into countless cramped spaces.

But in one of their latest projects, the company is taking on the architecture of teeny rooms — not just the furniture.

Enter: Moveable, space-shifting walls. According to the Wall Street Journal, IKEA is testing the kind of real-life magic that could allow for a complete rearrangement of a room in just a few seconds. Consider, for instance, the living room that morphs into a bedroom simply by sliding a wall over.

Mikael Ydholm, IKEA’s head of research, told the WSJ that the product won’t be available to buy for three more years. But the company has already spent two years testing the concept while renovating a 1980’s apartment in Sweden. One man who stayed at the apartment told the WSJ that the space “felt much bigger” than his own home, thanks to the moveable walls and other innovations, like sliding power sockets (because if you can’t charge your phone in your bedroom and your living room, what are we even doing here?)

We’ll be excited to see the concept in person when it hits American stores, but for now, we do have one question: Just how long does a magic wall like that take to put together?

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