IKEA's KURA bed is a budget staple in children's rooms, but most parents configure it in a lofted position to free up more floor space. I've often wondered why anyone wouldn't do that? One reason is if your child is too young, you can start them in this and then flip it into a loft. An even better answer, perhaps, is that the frame of the Kura lends itself so easily to creative interpretation and decorating. Here are examples of ways parents have gussied up their Kuras:
(Above) In Charlie's room, his parents painted the bed a sunny yellow and papered the side panels to match the walls with one of my all time favorite prints for kids - Dotty by Ferm Living. The bold pink curtains add privacy and Charlie describes it as his "treehouse".
In this Stockholm apartment simple, gauzy, white curtains adorn the bed frame which gives it the cozy feel of a crib.
At first glance you will notice the decorative banner garland and curtain, but look closer and you'll notice this family has made a small tweak to the bed's assembly to allow for storage space under the bed.
The KURA was the perfect candidate to transform for this farm-themed kids room. The frame has been painted and paneled - a window, window box and picket fence complete the look.
Colorful striped fabric attached with Velco tape makes this bed into a hideout. This mom eventually flipped the bed to make it into a loft bed - see that version here
The only embellishment here is some pretty twinkle lights and stringing them on the bedframe makes this a super simple, renter-friendly idea.
Cheerful yellow paint (and again with the adorable Dotty print
!) freshen up the Kura and by turning the bed around with the stairs in the front, there is now a secret hideaway under the bed (not for the claustrophobic!).
This family envisioned the Kura as a base for a firetruck bed for their toddler. They used MDF sheets to create the truck shape while leaving the original bed intact so they can remove the truck parts when he is older and has outgrown the theme.
(Image credits: Fru Silver; Fantastic Frank; One Little Imp; Kids Kamers; Roue de couleur; Hannah Trost; Le Jardin de Juliette; IKEA Hackers)