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If you’ve ever been to an Ikea store, you know how this sprawling space has just about anything you can imagine for your home. The Sweden-based retailer and its line of build-it-yourself furniture have developed an enthusiastic fan base over the years. From viral videos of How to build a bed frame with Ikea shelves to simple furniture that can be transformed into centerpieces, Ikea is a cultural phenomenon.
The company takes these concepts and extends them to Japan’s tight real estate market by offering a small apartment for rent for the minimal price of 99 yen (or about 86 cents) per month.
Located in one of Tokyo’s bustling districts, this small house (an architectural style known as “kyosho jutaku” in Japanese) uses vertical space to make the most of the sparse 10 square meters, or 107 square feet, available. You can see in the recently released floor plan for the apartments how the design has a split level layout to provide the main living space on the first floor and the sleeping quarters upstairs (which is truly a stylish ladder).
On the first floor there is an office, mini sofa, bathroom, kitchenette and even a washing machine. Lighting is attached to furniture to alleviate the need for lamps that take up valuable floor space. Ikea Japan will provide specially designed furniture, including shelves which extend almost all the way to the second floor to ensure that everything fits perfectly into the small apartment.
The cozy bedroom on the second floor of the loft is furnished with a cozy bed, a complete set of chests of drawers for storing your clothes and other necessities, as well as decorative accessories, to make the place feel like home.
It really looks like a comfortable enough place to sleep and enjoy a book.
In order to be able to rent one of these new apartments, applicants must be members of the free Ikea Family loyalty program. Tenants will have to pay for their own utilities, according to Insider. Considering the rent is so affordable, it seems like a fair deal and given the size of the pad, it’s hard to imagine the electric bill being too high.
A full video tour of these new Ikea Japan cottages has been posted by the company on YouTube, showcasing a full-size version of Ikea’s popular Ikea. stuffed shark toy, Blahaj. The tour is a bit quirky, but you get a real feel for what this house looks like.
Insider reported that only one of these apartments is available to rent for a short-term lease until January 15, 2023, and Ikea Japan is taking online applications.
Does living in a small apartment seem like a good time to you?
Correction December 3, 2021: The original version of this story misrepresented the square footage of the apartment. We regret the error.