Ikea Japan rents out tiny 107-square-foot homes for 65p a month

A bird’s eye view of the tiny flat (Picture: Ikea Japan)

Here in the UK we’re experiencing a housing crisis, with prices continuing to rise amid a dearth of available properties.

We’re not the only ones either. Around the world – particularly in highly-populated cities – governments and businesses are looking for ways to ensure everyone has a roof over their head.

Over the years we’ve seen some shockers, from landlords trying to tout a bathroom with a desk in it as an ‘office space’ to agents listing a bin storage as a studio flat. But a new scheme from Ikea might just have potential.

Ikea Japan announced its Tiny Homes project this week, which will see a mini 107-square-foot apartment leased out for an equally tiny price.

Located in the Shinkuju district of Tokyo, the split-level flat will be kitted out with Ikea furniture, with a kitchenette and bathroom as you walk in and a loft style sleeping area up a ladder.

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Granted, that’s way smaller than most people would expect from a home. But given it’s priced at 99 Japanese yen per month – equal to 65p – you get a lot of bang for your buck.

There’s room for a washing machine and fridge, with a foldable table and adjustable shelving adding more surface and storage space.

The new tenant will still need to be aware of quite how cramped it is, though.

As you walk in, you’ll see a foldable desk/table and space-saving shelves (Picture: Ikea Japan)
Up a ladder is the sleeping area (Picture: Ikea Japan)

The UK government’s minimum space requirement (for single person dwellings) is 37 square feet. This one comes in at about 32 square feet, so there’s very little room for entertaining – or any guests at all, really. You’ll also have to pay for your own utilities.

The main bonuses stand out as the price and the location, on the doorstep from the famous Shinjuku Station and the surrounding business district and nightlife.

A spokesperson for the flatpack furniture giant confirmed to Insider that only one apartment is currently up for rent, and it will be rented on a short-term basis until January 15 2023.

Ikea Japan shared the apartment’s floor plan online (Picture: Ikea Japan)

Ikea’s beloved shark plush toy, Blåhaj, is promoting the scheme, given the part of ‘a real estate agent’ whose ‘mission is to find the smallest possible room’.

If you think you might be the person to live in this miniscule property, you can visit Blåhaj at his ‘offices’ for more information.

Applications will be open at Ikea’s Shinjuku store until November 30, then at the Ikea Shibuya Outlet between December 1 and December 3.

As the very cheapest rooms in the area typically go for upwards of ¥49,000 (£319.27), this Tiny Home is likely to be snapped up sharpish.

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