IKEA renting a micro-apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 per month

IKEA Japan launches a 107 square feet apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 per month. Located in the Shinjuku district, the tiny apartment, completely furnished by IKEA, will hit the market only for 99 yen (USD$0.86).

Tokyo, with its 14 million inhabitants, is the most populous urban area in the world and this particular situation has led the city to become an expert in minimal space and micro-living. Ikea wanted to prove itself testing its forniture on the ability of make living in extra small places not only functional, but also comfortable and cozy.

To develop this tiny apartment, Ikea’s designers uses different space-saving tricks. The first – and most important – is to organize the space vertically, splitting the home environment into two levels. On the first there is the entrance, the kitchenette and the bathroom, then a stepladder takes up to the second, the sleeping mezzanine.

The chosen furniture includes multifunctional Ikea pieces, like the Ivar storage system, that can be completely customized; a one seater sofa, which turns into a bed, giving the chance to welcome an host; and furniture on wheels allowing to move easily everything around depending on what the user is doing.

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