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How to save a rainy day with friendly neighbours

Weather messes with the best of intentions. You’ve arranged for a day outside, and then the skies open. See how you can adapt with quick and easy tweaks, and still create a sunny moment.

A handful of men and women, talking and sharing snacks while seated and spread over different levels of a stairwell.

Shared space, shared time

If you don’t have room at home (or time to arrange it for guests), why not borrow a bit of communal space? Squeeze in a few seats and suddenly you’re all set for a cosy gathering in the stairwell.

Lightning-fast mood lighting

A shared staircase may be a bit barren to begin with – which makes it all the more easy to improve it. Some lighting chains plus clothes pegs, and you’ll transform the atmosphere in a flash.

Base camp for kids

Children may have a harder time accepting cancelled outdoor time. To ease their burden, set up a cosy camp with tent, textiles and low-tempo activities. (Also, they can choose their level of involvement with the grown-ups up the stairs.)

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.