Good Questions: Raising a Futon?

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Dear Apartment Therapy, I have an older, standard IKEA futon that I use for a bed and it sits very low to the ground. It doesn't provide me with a lot of storage space underneath, which is crucial in my little studio's bed nook, and it feels awfully strange way down there while my ceilings are vaulted. Is there a way for me to safely raise my bed? Since the futon doesn't have four distinct "feet" but rather three long boards that split and fold down the middle to accommodate "sofa-mode," I'm worried that most bed riser options will cause me to be literally swallowed by a collapsing bed during the night! Does any other futon owners have any ideas or experience with raising their futon higher? Thanks for any advice, Beth

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Beth, the only bit of information we could find about someone trying to raise their futon for more storage mentioned a possibly precarious solution of using Rackraisers, resulting in 20-25 additional inches off the ground. This would likely require a flat and stable platform, but we neither know if this would work or would result in a safe setup. It sure wouldn't look all that nice from our perspective.

A more aesthetic solution would be something like David's DIY Platform Bed With Storage. One comment in the thread throws out the idea of using IKEA LACK shelves as a base for a similar effect without all the hard work; just drill a few holes for ventilation and you've got an affordable futon base with storage underneath!

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