IKEA Bed Hacks | Apartment Therapy

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At minimum, a bed needs to be a comfortable place to sleep. But it has so much more potential than just that, too: With some clever hacking, beds can become a cozy reading escape, a storage-packed organization station, or a stylish centerpiece. From headboard redos to full-on transformations, these IKEA bed hacks will inspire you to think of new ways to approach one of your most-used pieces of furniture.  

1. Create a cozy, kid-friendly reading nook

Make bedtime fun with this KURA bed upgrade. You can’t beat story time with these added fairy lights, fluffy shag rug, and IKEA photo ledge shelves for book storage underneath. Rock climbing up to bed is one last adventure. 

2. Maximize organization with bookcase storage

3. DIY a luxe upholstered headboard

Extend the headboard height of an old frame to create a modern, more elegant bed look using leftover plywood, uprights, batting and the fabric of your choice. The old wooden frame is similar to the TARVA and was sanded and stained first. 

Sometimes, down is up. Once the KURA bed was flipped upside down for this girl‘s bedroom, it became the perfect setup for a canopy bed with added privacy.  

5. Make a woven headboard

6. Add wallpaper accents

This smart low-cost upgrade to the KURA bunk bed offers style that’s just right for a shared girls’ room. First, it got a crisp white paint job. Then, to make the space look totally custom, DIYer Charlotte used the same wallpaper on one wall of the room as on the accent panels of the bunk bed.

7. Slipcover a plain headboard

Upholstery is made simple with this black linen headboard cover on the TARVA bed. Rather than fully upholstering the headboard, this hack employs a slipcover-like style to get the look without the fuss. The best part: You can pop the cover off to wash seasonally, so dust never builds up.

8. Build a super private fortress

If you’re looking for a bed that feels like its own little escape, this KURA bunk bed upgrade may be for you. Adding wooden bars to the upper level and curtain rods for the bottom turns an open bed into a super cozy and chic enclosure.

9. Double up on storage space

10. Make a boho-style floating caned headboard

This simple floating headboard hack from the September Edit uses caning wrapped around a wood frame (the IVAR was used here). The effect is a little boho and a little modern, and extremely easy to pull off.

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