Look! Geekdad's IKEA Hack

Look! Geekdad's IKEA Hack

Janie Lee
Jun 22, 2007

BEFORE: IKEA's Tromso bunk bed frame. Geekdad (of Wired Magazine's online blog network) needed to create a unique space for his two boys to share. Working with a limited budget, the end product needed to be space-saving and fun. If we were to buy new beds for them, most of the budget would be gone right away, so we decided to do our best to recycle what we had. See AFTER pics below the jump...

Once we started taking the sturdy, metal-framed bed apart, we realized it was quite hackable. In fact, we literally hacked it - with a hacksaw! What is excellent about this bed is that the frames that the mattresses rest on are simple rectangular pallets, separate from the structure that makes it a bunk-bed. To save space in the room, we decided to make both bunks into top-bunks by building wood structures around the bed-frames, and elevating them 5 feet off the floor with a combination of 4"x6" ledgers bolted into the studs of the walls, and 3" galvanized and threaded steel pipe legs, screwed into the wood floor with the appropriate flanges. This allowed us to put desk and closet units underneath the beds, maximizing space.

The hacking part came in when we cut through the bunk-bed frame (nice, easy-to-hacksaw aluminum), and re-used both side-railings of the upper bunk, and three of the end-railings for safety. The project took 2-4 adults two weekends to complete. Great re-use of furniture and smart way to *create* additional square footage. See more pics here. (via IKEA Hacker)

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