The Beautiful Upgrades Your IKEA MALM Bed Deserves

The Beautiful Upgrades Your IKEA MALM Bed Deserves

Amelia Lawrence
Oct 23, 2017
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There seems to be a clear divide between those pro-headboard and those pro-blank space, to which I say, you do you. Whether you're a fan of something more alternative, something more boho, or something that really makes a statement, your bedroom needs a focal point. And that focal point is often more times than not, a headboard. So let's start with the basics – the IKEA MALM. It's affordable, simple, and unassuming. It's also very hackable. See what I mean...

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Above is the unadulterated version of the MALM shown in oak veneer (also available in white, black-brown, and stained ash as well as with a storage drawer option). For $199 for a queen size, it's easy to see why this basic but slightly forgettable bed is a popular option.

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Let's start with a simple, modern makeover that's sure to warm up any room (above). Ashley over on Sugar & Cloth started with a MALM headboard and added Stikwood (in reclaimed barrel oak) on top for an easy hack. See the full tutorial here.

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Maybe modern isn't your thing. Then you'll love this more rustic hack, covering the headboard and frame in gray wood vinyl planks. You can catch a helpful video over on Hester's Handmade Home.

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Go full Scandinavian by fitting a raw wood plank, cut-to-size of course, on top of the MALM. The planks can be attached with corner braces. See more over on wohngoldstuek.de.

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Create a reclaimed wood look by encasing the MALM bed frame in a variety of stained woods. See how the couple behind Oakdale Onward made this one.

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For a more luxe look, you can check out IKEA's own channel tufting hack, featuring a DIY sleeve made from IKEA curtains, with foam inserts for extra comfort.

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Another cushy option, this DIY upholstered headboard hack from Place of My Taste uses the MALM as the headboard base. By adding additional plywood, you can get the look of a more grandiose bedroom. Grab your favorite fabric, some batting, and a staple gun to finish it off.

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Even more dramatic is this hack from Design Manifest, which adds a custom cutout on top of the existing bed frame, while upholstering with a hand-printed fabric.

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If the last hack felt too complex, you can always use your fabric to create a simple sleeve that fits over your headboard, as seen on Merriment Design. And when you're sick of the pattern, trade it out for a bedroom refresh!

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