How To (Seriously!) Upgrade a Basic $40 IKEA FJELLSE Twin to a Beautiful Cane Bed

How To (Seriously!) Upgrade a Basic $40 IKEA FJELLSE Twin to a Beautiful Cane Bed

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Dabney Frake
Jul 21, 2016
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I've long loved cane beds, like this one from Serena & Lily, but really had no reason to buy one. I did find myself itching to try to make one. And where else do you turn for good hacks? IKEA of course. This project is quite easy to pull off — all it takes is a trip to the big blue Swedish store, followed by a hardware store run and then some patient DIY moves.
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What You Need

Materials

Tools

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Staplegun

Instructions

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1. Spray paint all the pieces before you get started.

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2. Assemble the headboard section of the bed, as instructed, but omit two of the vertical slats. There should just be one remaining slat in the middle.

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3. Flip the bed over and stretch out the cane so it cover the entire headboard. It helps to have a second set of hands to help you while you stretch the cane across the frame.

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4. Staple the cane to the wooden frame, making sure that the cane stays taut and smooth. Trim off an excess trim.

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5. Optional: If you want to raise the bed a little bit, and add another detail, drill a hole in the bottom of each leg for decorative feet.

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6. Put a little wood glue in the hole, then tap in the tee nut. Say hi to my dog Grim who is watching you right now.

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7. Screw in the legs.

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8. Assemble the rest of the bed as instructed.

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9. Measure and cut the molding to fit the bed side rails, then use wood glue to attach them to the bed.

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7. Clamp or tape them in place and let dry completely.

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8. To add finials, drill holes into the top of the headboard posts, add some wood glue, then screw in the finials.

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9. And lastly, if they bother you, camouflage the black screws with a little white paint.

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