Japan Today
Image: PR Times

Ikea Japan offering fully furnished apartment to rent for ¥99 a month

By Katie Pask, SoraNews24

Swedish homewares chain Ikea may be best known for its low-priced furniture, but now it seems they may be venturing into other areas, namely real estate. In a recent social media post, Ikea announced that they’ve designed a new apartment that will be available to rent. Of course, the apartment comes decked with Ikea furniture, and the monthly rent is just 99 yen.

To put that into context, renting an apartment from Ikea will cost you less than ordering a single smile from McDonald’s.

Of course, if you were expecting a luxurious, spacious pad, think again as the apartment is just 10 square meters wide, but with two levels, it’s technically double the size of the tiny huts released by Japanese chain Muji back in 2017.

The two levels are connected by a stepladder — the first floor is where you find the entrance, kitchen area (with space for a washing machine), bathroom and toilet, whereas the upper loft space is the sleeping/living area.

The apartment is part of a project called ‘Tiny Homes’, in which Ikea promotes the idea that even if you live in a tiny apartment, there are still ways to make it a comfortable and happy place to live.

▼ Ikea posted a teaser trailer for their apartment.

The campaign is fronted by Ikea’s ‘Tiny Homes’ spokesperson Blåhaj, who, on top of his new real estate duties, is also a wildly popular stuffed shark toy that you can buy at Ikea stores worldwide. He has been appearing in a number of promotional videos for the Tiny Homes campaign, which explain the design process behind the Ikea apartment.

There is a small catch, however — the apartment will only be available to rent for a limited time, namely until Jan 15, 2023, so this would have to be a short-term plan for any potential tenants. The apartment is also only available in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area, although the specific location has not been disclosed.

Japan is a country that’s no stranger to small, narrow living spaces, but even some commenters were surprised at the size of Ikea’s offering.

“It’s more like a rabbit hutch, not a home.”

“I think these kinds of small apartments will become more popular in the future.”

“I’d use this as a second home or a space for storage.”

“If this was used as a hotel or something, I could understand. But for living in? There’s no room for storage, so it’s impossible.”

Those wishing to try out Ikea’s tiny apartment can apply via Ikea’s website, and you will need to be an Ikea Family member to be able to apply. Be sure to apply soon, though, as the deadline is Dec 3.

Source: Ikea Japan

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- World’s first Ikea convenience store opens in Harajuku, Japan

-- Ikea makes tiny blue tote bags for storage, but in Japan they’re used for anime figurines

-- Tiny houses are back and more versatile than ever with Yadokari and Enjoyworks’ Skeleton Huts!

© SoraNews24

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

I heard it will take someone about 8 months to put everything together, assuming most of the screws and bolts are included. It could take even longer when they find some parts are missing...

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Sounds like a good deal to me. A satellite home!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

A ‘cute’ IdEA of a temp ‘home’ (till 1/15/23!) yet smaller than the office the ‘real eshark agent’ occupies in the CM. - Minus, any space necessary to actually put IKEA furniture together.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Quizzically, despite its ‘net’ profits, the ‘popular in China’ blue-shark “Blahaj” will soon be both ‘homeless’ AND ‘jobless’, effective 4/2022, when IKEA Japan is scheduled go give him the axe.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Ha ha ha…you can touch both walls with arms outstretched…!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

"You can touch both walls with arms outstreched"

Back in the day I paid 60 000 yen a month for my apartment where I could touuch both walls. I didn't even have my own bathroom. NOVA found it for me

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

NOVA in Spanish means “No Go@Bobcatfish 7:07am. Learned that at NOVA in 2007, too.

@bobcatfish 7:07am: ["You can touch both walls with arms outstreched"] “Back in the day I paid 60 000 yen a month for my apartment where I could touuch both walls. I didn't even have my own bathroom. NOVA found it for me.” -

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites