Ikea bed hacks are a surefire way to stop your bedroom design from being too pricey. Friendly to your budget, but not short on style, these clever Ikea hacks are our favorite to use. We’ve scoured design blogs and Instagram influencers alike to bring you what we think are the best and most effective IKEA furniture hacks for the bedroom. From cost-effective under-bed storage solutions, to nifty ways to spruce up an IKEA fitted wardrobe, there’s chicI Ikea bed hacks aplenty.
Create the ultimate raised bed, with storage
You’d never know it, but this uber-cool teal-toned bed is actually constructed from some off-the-shelf white MALM units from Ikea. MALM is considered an Ikea design classic range - its simplicity (both in terms of aesthetic and construction) is testament to IKEA’s design and DIY brilliance.
Here, the now iconic Ikea storage drawers form the bed base in this design by Hitta Hem, an instantly wonderful boy bedroom idea. Taking a couple of standard white MALM drawer units, design duo Pella Hedebyand Marie Ramse highlight the potential of Ikea furniture. The Ikea bed hack not only offers up storage in spades, but also the base for the mattress to rest on. Now that’s clever.
Hack a standard IKEA TARVA DRESSER for a stand-out piece of bedroom furniture
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'Inspired by Sarah Sherman Samuels and Kristina Lynnes IKEA dresser hacks, I bought the Tarva dresser 2 years ago,' says Sara, curator behind @sarashomehaven, citing designer Ikea hacks as where she got her ideas. 'But then I never got to it. Then in 2020, while the rest of the world seemed to be crumbling down, I got to work on this baby and I am so pleased.'
Sara has stained the lower portion of the dresser with a dark wood stain, and then painted the body of the cabinets and drawers in an off-white hue, before finishing the piece off with some on-trend leather pull handles. Tres chic, Sara.
Fairy lights make for a magical night’s sleep
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Canadian-based Instagrammer Cindy Marie of @thesterlinggreyolive has taken an Ikea KURA bed (a favorite design for little ones) and made it into a little fairytale house in its own right.
Adding some timber battens to the square KURA frame to create a pitched roof frame (this is something that Ikea also sells separately!), and then some little wooden roof slats to create an enclosed section, the KURA looks like a little fairytale cottage. The finishing touch of course is the addition of fairy lights (for similar try habitat, or lights4fun), which we can only imagine make it a very magical little bed to sleep in! Cindy Marie says that her son, Gray, absolutely loves this Ikea bed hack. ‘I need one more string of lights but it's finally doneeeee! Grey LOVES it’ says Cindy Marie.
Switch up fitted wardrobes with luxe spray painted kitchen handles
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Small bedroom ideas take a bit of consideration to get right, in terms of design. Fitted wardrobes are a neat way of making sure the space is sleek and tidy, but they might look a little boring if left as standard. The answer? Jazz them up by spray painting some Ikea kitchen handles in gold or bronze metallic paint finish, and turn your wardrobes into a luxury feature.
Instagram star @meganzietz has done just that. She has painted fitted bedroom wardrobes in a coordinating color to sync with the wall paint - cleverly blending the doors into the room - however she has elevated the design aesthetic by spray painting Ikea VINNA kitchen handles to have a metallic gold look. This midas touch works wonders.
Upcycle an untreated set of IKEA RAST drawers into a stand-out show piece
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Even the smallest and most modest of Ikea bedroom furniture pieces can be spun 180 degrees and turned into a unique and eye-catching show piece. Take the Ikea RAST drawers, for example. Not the fanciest of Ikea pieces that’s for certain, but loved the world over for its ‘essential’ charm.
Previously a standard wooden 3-drawer set up, and a staple Ikea product, Instagram sensation @meganzietz has given it some serious modern home appeal with a lick of pink paint and some stylish new handles that she sourced. Thanks to the petite scale of this piece it won’t take you long to tackle this hack. For a similar shade look at Farrow and Ball’s Nancy’s Blushes.
Revamp an ASPELUND bed frame for a vintage-style aesthetic
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With a very vintage feel, Natasha from @at_home_with_taddy has taken a standard Ikea ASPLEUND bed frame and made it into something completely unique. By painting the bed frame in a matt black paint, the frame has been instantly transformed into a different design-look. Natasha has then added a fabric upholstery detail and finished it off with a clever studded detail.
It reminds us of a chic hotel, but Natasha has done this all on a strict budget, we promise. ‘A big thank you to @ourlayeredhome for major inspo with this one!’ says Natasha.
Create a floral kids bed, with a draped den underneath
This clever Ikea bed hack means it’s easier than ever to create the dream fairytale-style bedroom if those are the girl bedroom ideas you're after. Taking a standard KURA bed frame (which yes, the eagle eyed of you will notice has already appeared once before), Stephanie Goldfarb of @thedivinelivingspace has turned a flatpack Ikea wooden bed frame into a work of art by adding hide-and-seek curtains and a patterned fabric side panel.
The result? Well, it’s one of the best children’s bed ideas we’ve ever seen, and all for a small budget too. It’s very different to @thesterlinggreyolive’s fairy lit pitched roof house hack, as this one’s all about the pattern, print and theatrical drama with the under-bed curtains! This is fully customizable, so you could choose any kind of colour and fabric you desire. Rig a little curtain wire by means of two hooks to the underside of the frame to create the curtains, and upholster the side panel in seconds by stapling or glueing the fabric to the existing side panels. We love the addition of the faux sheepskin rug underneath too - what could be more inviting. Nap time awaits, that’s for sure.
Frame a GJORA bed frame, for a splurge of botanical pattern and print
Speaking of the wonders of fabric and wallpaper pattern and print. Look how this Ikea GJORA bed frame is immediately transformed into a jungle-like extravaganza with some oversized big leaf wallpaper tile print. This is the inspired idea of Instagram influencer @thisismyhomestyle, aka Kelly Day. Kelly’s GJORA Ikea bed frame has, over the past year and half, been through many different looks. Lovehearts, twinkling fairy lights, and even makrami, have all taken a stylish turn at adorning this GJORA. However, it's now dressed with a green and leafy fabric guise. A section of printed leaf pattern tiles that have been applied to the wall (sized so that the wooden bed frames the pattern, and so that it looks like a headboard) creates instant wow-factor in Kelly’s home.
‘I believe a bedroom should be a serene space, not too cluttered, a room which you can relax in and get a good nights sleep,' Kelly says. 'For that reason I kept the walls & floor white but have used green, plants & natural decor for a calm, botanical look & feel. I painted the wardrobe dusky pink at a later date to add a little more warmth to the scheme. I love the simple but contemporary wooden frame of the IKEA gjora bed which I have used to ‘frame’ the tiled plant artwork on the wall. The tropical leaf artwork is mounted directly onto the wall but gives the appearance of a headboard. I have played with a few variations styling this bed frame but this is by far my favourite look’, says Kelly.
Instant wow-factor, and a speedy way of styling up a standard GJORA Ikea bed frame.
Create a whimsical four poster bed frame
Evoking all the joy of a Greek island holiday, this fresh bedroom scene looks like it belongs in the villa that, after a stint in the sunshine, you just don’t want to leave. Remember that feeling? Yes well, it does feel like a bit of a distant memory at the moment.
All white interiors bounced onto the interior design scene in the 1930s, with Syrie Maugham steering the way. Her ‘all white’ interiors were considered groundbreaking, and there was always an element of glamour woven thickly into the make-up of her design schemes. There’s nothing more glamorous, one might argue, than the presence of a four poster bed. It is possibly the ultimate statement piece to have in a bedroom, closely followed by the presence of a roll top bath of course.
A four poster on a budget? Here, designer Hester Van Overbeek demonstrates how to take an IKEA bed and make it into a statement four poster. ‘When we moved house I wanted a four poster bed to fit the style of the new room,' Hester says. 'However, my Ikea MALM bed was only a few years old and still in good condition, so instead of buying a whole new bed I decided to modify the MALM bed.'
Hester began to plan. 'I initially sketched out several designs to work out the easiest option possible, and this is the result,' she says. 'It’s an Ikea bed hack you can achieve in one afternoon. I even added a shelf and some storage behind the bed for art and books!’
How did Hester do it? Using a MALM Ikea bed as a base, Hester then simply recycled 4 x same-sized offcut wooden beams as her bed posts, and 4 x thinner wooden battens to make the horizontal sections at the top. ‘You can leave your four-poster the way it is for a clean, sharp look but I added a small drape on top to soften the strong lines. Simply sew two battens into a piece of thin cotton and your drape is done, couldn't be easier and if you're bored of the white look, change it for a different pattern,’ says Hester.
Paint a metal IKEA bed frame for bespoke-style pizazz
Quick, easy, and so very effective. All you need is an Ikea SAGSTUA metal bed frame, a can of spray paint, and a space that you can get spray painting. This gorgeous green bed frame is - contrary to what you might initially think - not an antique or designer piece. It’s an Ikea metal bed frame, similar to the SAGSTUA, that has been spray painted into a new status of design chic. You’d be hard pushed to guess this is IKEA, and for the money it creates a real wow-factor statement in the room. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, founders of design blog A Beautiful Mess, were quick to spot this clever Ikea bed hack in the home of Morgan Trinker, in Alabama
What are the best ikea hacks for bed storage?
Now, before we hale the wonders of under bed storage hacks, please be cautious that your design should first and foremost be safe. For example, if you are using drawers or cabinets underneath a mattress then we advise that you make sure that it passes safety regulations and standards before you do your best Princes and the Pea impression and climb aboard for a good night’s sleep.
Safety advisory now out of the way, let’s consider how design duo Pella Hedeby and Marie Ramse have highlighted the potential of Ikea MALM drawer units with their unique approach to a raised bed design. Their chic, teal MALM drawers (top of the list at the beginning of this feature) show you just how adaptable Ikea furniture can be. MALM is a somewhat inconspicuous range anyway - it’s inoffensive and super sleek, all in a non-attention seeking way. Precisely why it can be such a surprising and successful range to hack, perhaps?
Elsewhere, @thisismyhomstyle’s Kelly Day proves that with some straightforward storage containers you can neaten up even an open-sided IKEA bed frame, such as the wooden GJORA frame, concealing any under-bed gubbins that might collate.
What are the best ikea bed hacks for small rooms?
There’s a bounty of ideas to choose from. We love the ideas that designer Megan Zietz @meganzietz has put into practice, transforming her smaller-sized double bedroom into a deep blue and teal dream. Her clever idea to hack the fitted IKEA wardrobes by painting them in a similar coordinating tone to the wall (blending them into the room design), and then face-lifting the doors themselves by spray painting some elegant and elongated Ikea kitchen handles with gold spray paint - this is also one of the simplest Ikea kitchen hacks. An ingenious approach to elevating the look of a small, and practically designed, bedroom! Magan also demonstrates that scaled-down furniture, such as the super compact and inexpensive RAST drawers, can look a million dollars with a lick of paint and a switch for upgraded or more unusual handles - a perfectly sized little drawer unit addition for smaller sized bedroom spaces!
How can you hack an ikea bed frame?
Take some bed frame hacking tips from the likes of influencer @at_home_with_taddy who has taken possibly one of the plainest Ikea bed frame designs, the ASPELUND, and turned it into something quite boutique and very unique. Natasha’s influence came from the jungle-style Instagram feed of @ourlayeredhome (showing that all the best design ideas are often inspired from other designs and makers!). Natasha has painted the white Ikea frame in a matt black finish, distressed it, and then added upholstery panelling with a worn brass studded detail. You’d be hard pushed to guess it’s an Ikea bed now, which surely is the sign of a good IKEA design hack, right? Discover more @at_home_with_taddy.
Rory Alastair Robertson has a long-standing history working across the interiors industry. Raised in Morningside, Edinburgh, Rory grew up surrounded by classically grand Scottish Georgian and Victorian architecture.
His first appreciation for interior decoration sparked when his mother hired scaffolding and decorated their three-storey Victorian staircase in Farrow & Ball Picture Gallery Red, by herself. She then painstakingly gold leafed the drawing room - by hand - over a base coat of Sudbury Yellow. This was the era of Jocasta Innes and Kenneth Turner, when paint techniques and maximalist style were the decorating raison d'être.
With this inherited gene of creativity, Rory went on to study Interior Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, and later, Theatre Set Design and Architectural Illustration at The Rhode Island School of Design on America's East Coast.
Rory's foray with the editorial world started a decade ago at Livingetc magazine, a title which he regularly contributes to today. Specialising with a deep-seated appreciation for historical homes and interiors, Rory often travels far and wide to be inspired by unique properties with a fascinating history.
If he’s not uncovering an unusual National Trust property in the UK, then he’s seeking out a Neo-Classical clifftop villa in Capri or a Palazzo in Florence.
Based in London’s Shoreditch, working as a Senior Interiors Editor and Consultant, Rory's portfolio of work is a creative melting pot of residential and commercial interior design projects and a plethora of editorial writing work. Rory is also Guest Interiors Lecturer at the prestigious KLC School of Interior Design in Chelsea, London. His most cosseted possession is a ramshackle Citroen Deux Chevaux, which he has reupholstered in Pierre Frey yellow and turquoise silk fabric.
Discover more at roryrobertson.co.uk and @rory_stylist.
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