The 10 Best IKEA Bed Hacks of All Time

I’m no stranger to IKEA bed hacks. It’s hard to dream up ways to turn a budget item into something that looks like a professional job, and make it look easy and seamless. These ten projects do the hard work for you, and show you just how to make an IKEA product looks like something special and entirely new.

Robinson Vannoort hacked an inexpensive IKEA HEMNES day bed for a client’s bedroom annex, turning it into a luxurious guest bed meets extra storage space. All it took was a little modification, spray paint, wood trim, and new handles.

Believe it or not, this is a laminate MALM bed. Hester used self-adhesive vinyl wood-look strips to turn the white material into something more rustic looking, part of an overall bedroom makeover.

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IKEA themselves updated a MALM bed with some deep green SANELA velvet curtains, and it’s now a sumptuous piece of furniture. This project is a great way to get a boutique hotel look on a budget.

If velvet isn’t your speed, but you still like the look of an upholstered headboard, check out this DIY from And Then We Tried, who used a leather West Elm bed frame as inspiration for their tufted bed project. It’s got the added bonus of some storage hidden behind the headboard.

Speaking of headboards, this one from A Pair and A Spare is so clever. Geneva used an IKEA cushion to fashion a super chic padded headboard with leather straps. The shelving above is a DIY project as well.

When Metta Helena first started her store Retro Villa, she lived in a tiny studio apartment, which she outfitted by a raised platform bed made from IKEA kitchen and storage cabinets. Parts were outfitted on wheels, so she could roll them in and out to access what lived underneath.

This Scandi-style MALM bed project from Wohn Gold Stueck is affordable, simple, and unassuming—everything an IKEA hack should be—which also makes it a favorite.

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Another one from IKEA themselves: stylist Pella Hedeby used two BEKANT office panels to create a tall wraparound headboard. Clip on a lamp at the top, and you’ve got a cozy, warm sleeping space.

This colorful striped number from Domino is formed around a basic wood RYGGESRADT table top, covered in batting and fabric with staples. The beauty of this is that you can customize it with whatever pattern you like.

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We love this method of creating a canopy bed with VIGDA ceiling mounted sliding hardware. It’s not only a beautiful focal point in a bedroom, but also a practical way to divide a small studio space.

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