The Endlessly Hackable KURA Bed: Ideas for Getting a Whole New Look

Thinking about getting a Kura bed? Think about all the possibilities. Whether in the low position, shown above, or as a lofted bed, this is one IKEA product that parents have hacked, tweaked and customized to their hearts' content. Check out all these ideas for giving the Kura a new look or making it work better in your space.

This bed, covered in bold black and white striped fabric, has the feel of a grown-up circus tent. A fun, cozy spot for a child and easy on the eyes for parents.

Ashley kept the frame of the Kura natural and applied Panyl (an adhesive product) to the side and end panels for a pop of color. I love the palette she choose with the darker taupes grounding the pink and purple.

This Kura got quite the upgrade from Brian Patrick Flynn for HGTV. He attached padded, fabric-covered panels with adhesive velcro to the side and end for a truly custom look. While not part of the Kura itself, you can't not notice the incredible fabric awning he made and suspended above the bed.

This project of recovering IKEA's own bed tent with new fabric (a crochet blanket made by the child's grandmother) is ingenious because it solves a few problems: First, this version is so much more attractive than IKEA's bright blue Frakta bag-esque tent. Secondly, the loose crochet allows much more visibility for both the child and the parents. And, lastly, much greater air flow.

Here's a classy version of the Kura with tufted fabric panels attached with Command strips. It gives this budget bed an upscale, upholstered look.

This family elevated the Kura to add a second, off-the-floor, mattress for a sibling which also left room for pull-out drawers and some stow-away spots on the end.

A similar configuration as above, but in this version the storage drawers extend the full width of the bed.

Here's another take on a circus-like feel with a "big top" tent and a fabric window on the end.

There's a lot going on with this project so pay attention: not wanting to put a mattress directly on the floor, these parents took an IKEA Kritter bed and cut the legs down to fit in the bottom bunk spot. They also used the Trofast as stairs and, brilliantly, adapted the side rails of a no-longer-needed crib as a stair railing.

At Babils & Chuchotis, the bed was configured in the low position and changed so the mattress rested on the floor for a very young child. Many of the panels were covered with adhesive paper and the mother created a darling Totoro motif.
Yes, the Star Wars light sabers are a cool addition here, but the real reason to check out this hack is that, by using two Kura beds, the parents were able to incorporate a partial guard rail on the bottom bed. A great idea for a older/younger silbing set.

This image initially made my head hurt - both with the awesomeness at work and with straining my brain figuring out what I was looking at. Here's how the mom described it: "the triple bunk bed is made of two IKEA Kura beds, one of which has had one half of its legs cut of, and the other half replaced with longer ones." Genius.

This is not a hack, but a clever way to use the Kura in a room for multiple kids. Two were put together in a corner to make three beds and one playspace. The mother reports that the siblings love sleeping so close together.

This is a KURA upgrade most kids will be on board with! The parents attached a climbing wall to the bed with a changeable route up.

(Image credits: Lizzie Ford; Blog a la Cart; HGTV; IKEA Hackers; Ashley Rachelle Design & Interiors; Tales of Fruit & Cake; Lu Cie; Alexander van Berge for vtwonen; Mama Geek; Babils & Chuchotis ; IKEA Hackers; Hilla Duka; Lesley Colvin; IKEA Hackers)