IKEA DIY Ideas: 6 Ways to Make Your Own Platform Bed (with Storage!)

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Here’s an idea: turn basic IKEA storage cabinets and dressers into multi-functional lofts. It's a smart way to address the problem of small space — you get both beds and storage in the same footprint. These hacks work well for studio apartments, kids rooms, and dorms. As inspiration, here are different unique ways others made it work for them:

Above, a storage bed that uses parts of IKEA’s STOLMEN closet system as its basis. Initially from Stadshem.se, via Anita Sienudzi.

A mattress placed over two MALM dressers works well for this Swedish boy’s room. Seen on Hitta-Hem.

Another STOLMEN bed hack, this time from Stil Inspiration.

An even more complex build: Ikea kitchen cabinets and doors form storage and steps up to a bed in this small apartment, from Oh Yes Blog.

Weekday Carnival came up with this configuration, with different colored kitchen cabinets (with dinosaur pulls!). To the left of the bed is also a combined desk.

And last but not least, IKEA Hackers shows us this version, with EXPEDIT bookshelves forming a ring around the edge.


- Re-edited from a post originally published 9.11.2014 - CM

(Image credits: Stadshem, via Anita Sienudzi; Hitta-Hem; Stil Inspiration; Oh Yes Blog; Weekday Carnival; IKEA Hackers)