10 ways to use IKEA's METOD cabinets across the home

IKEA’s METOD cabinets (or SEKTION for my North American friends) are one of the most popular base for any storage solution at home.
They’re versatile, sturdy, modular and most importantly, super customisable.
And they’re great quality for the very inexpensive price compared to other companies and custom cabinetry.

Because they’re so flexible they’re perfect to use across the entire home whenever you need any kind of storage (except for clothing, then PAX or PLATSA are better options).

I’ve been using METOD (and SEKTION) for a lot of my interior design projects and they never disappoint.

So I thought I’d share my 10 favourite ways to use IKEA’s METOD across the home with you.

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IKEA's METOD cabinets as storage in your Home Office

Because IKEA’s METOD cabinets are so flexible and versatile, and come with tons of organisers, they’re the perfect storage for an office, home or otherwise.
The small drawers are great to organise pens, papers and stationary by using cutlery inserts. 
Sturdy shelves are perfect for binders, books and heavier boxes, especially in the shallower wall or high cabinets.
And METOD drawers are the perfect solution to store samples, cables or even a printer. They’re also great for recycling area in an office because that’s what you would do in a kitchen as well, and they’re designed for that area of the home.

In more commercial offices IKEA’s METOD cabinets are also the perfect solution to build large storage walls or islands.

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    TV benches and storage for your living room with IKEA's METOD cabinets

    Everyone needs storage in the living room, whether it’s for books, toys, decoration or other things.
    IKEA’s METOD is a great solution because it’s so easy to customise, it doesn’t even look like a “kitchen cabinet”.

    Of course the BESTA series from IKEA is another great solution for the living room but it’s a lot more limited in size than METOD, especially if you’re looking to create entire storage walls.

    Other reasons to choose METOD over BESTA are the longer warranty (25 years vs 5), sturdiness and customisation options, especially from other brands like Noremax or Semihandmade.

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      Bench seating and shoe storage in the hallway

      IKEA’s METOD cabinets are one of the best furniture solutions for hallways.
      Because a lot of hallways are quite small METOD cabinets fit those spaces perfectly. The adjustable shelves, drawers and wire baskets also give lots of options for storing clothes, shoes, toys and other things you might have in your hallway.
      You can even build a bench from IKEA’s METOD cabinets!

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      METOD cabinets as sink cabinets and vanities for your bathroom

      Using METOD cabinets in bathrooms is one things you’ll never see at IKEA and that’s simply because they’re not allowed to show their products in ways they’re not designed for.
      But you can still use them, especially if you’re customising the cabinets with fronts and cover panels from other brands.

      The only thing to keep in mind is if you’re using IKEA’s METOD cabinets (or anything from their range) in a way or space it’s not designed for, you loose the warranty.

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        Design a beautiful and functional laundry space with IKEA's METOD cabinets

        Laundry spaces are a lot like kitchens so METOD is the perfect solution to maximise that area in your home.
        IKEA also sells washing machines to fit their METOD cabinets perfectly and the METOD range even has a cleaning cabinet to store a vacuum, mop, detergents and more.
        Large drawers or pullouts can be customised to sort laundry, wall cabinets are great to keep detergent out of reach for small children, and wire baskets are perfect to store linens and towels in a way so that the fabrics can breathe.

        METOD cabinets as sideboard, benches and dressers in your bedroom

        I said in the beginning that METOD isn’t the best option for clothes storage, especially in the bedroom.
        But it is great to build a bed with integrated storage which is perfect for small spaces.

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        Make a built-in bench or bar solution for your dining room from IKEA's METOD cabinets

        If you’re looking for storage in your dining room, IKEA’s METOD is the right choice.
        You can create unique solutions for all your plates, glasses, fine china and more by using IKEA’s Home Planner tool.

        Flexible kids room storage that grows with them, thanks to METOD

        Now we all know that kids rooms need a lot of storage.
        It should be easy to access for the child, safe and practical, and it should ideally grow with the kids so you don’t have to replace it every couple of years.
        IKEA’s METOD range combines all the things, but I would not recommend using it for very small children, IKEA has much better suited storage in their Children’s department for that.

        Bench seating solutions with the sturdy METOD frames

        IKEA’s METOD cabinets are the most popular furniture to create benches for seating, whether that’s for the kitchen, hallway, dining space or other areas.
        The trick is to use cabinets that are meant to go over fridges and freezers; they’re deeper than wall cabinets but low enough to have the right height to sit on.
        Using IKEA’s METOD cabinets to build bench seating also gives you extra storage inside the bench.

        IKEA's METOD cabinets in commercial spaces

        Everyone knows IKEA furniture is great for any home, but not many people know that it’s also perfect for commercial spaces.

        You can use IKEA’s METOD cabinets for office spaces, bars and even reception desks.
        And as I said before, they’re the perfect solution for large storage walls and islands that serve as meeting points in open office spaces.

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        With these design tips it’s easy to customize and use METOD (and SEKTION) cabinets for so much more than just the kitchen.

        Thanks for reading!
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