Good Questions: Can I Upholster My Ikea Malm Bed?

Good Questions: Can I Upholster My Ikea Malm Bed?

Rebecca Orlov
Oct 2, 2008

We've been talking lately about tips and ideas for redecorating or freshening up home decor in this tough economic time. AT reader, Danielle, wrote us a question about taking her existing Ikea Malm bed and adding fabric to it for a new look in her space but isn't sure if it will work.

"I'm in the process of decorating my bedroom, but hate the way my bed fits into the new color scheme. I have an Ikea Malm bed, but don't really have the budget for a new fabulous bed. Is it possible to upholster a Malm bed? I have never done this before, and not sure if the wood panels are too thick for this kind of project? I really want to create a more romantic and relaxing environment, and the harsh design of the bed really stands out. Thanks AT!"

One idea is to follow the steps to create a headboard that Maxwell offers here. Using foam rubber, fabric and a staple gun, he highlights how to create an upholstered headboard.

Do you have more ideas for Danielle's Malm bed? Let us know!

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