10 Ways to Customize the Kura Loft Bed

With a second child on the way we recently purchased IKEA's popular Kura bed for our 4-year-old. We chose it because with the bed in the lofted position (it can also be on the ground) it wasn't too high for him and it would give him some valuable play space below. The Kura has a lot going for it but the plain pine wood and reversible white/(very) blue panels could use some improvement.

So far we've painted our Kura, but I've been looking for more inspiration and also to see how other parents have utilized the space under the bed. I'll be sure to show you our bed when it's complete, but for now here's some Kura inspiration I've compiled:

The first row above showcases some ideas for decorating the bed using paint, fabric, paper, textured wall flats and an adhesive product called Panyl:

TOP ROW:
1. Kura Sides Covered with Panyl product on Flax & Twine

2. Kura Covered with Textured Wall Flats by Inhabit

3. Kura Painted White with Added Chalkboard Paint by Sample Sale Mom

4. Kura Sides Covered with Fabric by Southern Disposition

5. Kura Covered with Scrapbook Paper on IKEA Hackers

The second row features some more fantastical imaginings of what the Kura could be:

BOTTOM ROW:
6. Kura Turned Princess Castle by A Creative Anna

7. Kura Bed Turned Firetruck

8. Kura Turned Playhouse

9. Kura Turned Medieval Castle

10. Kura Turned Cottage Hideaway on IKEA Hackers

(Images: 1. Lucy Schaeffer 2. Nessa Does 3. Sample Sale Mom 4. Kendra/Southern Disposition 5. via IKEA Hackers 6. A Creative Anna 7. reader Rosandra 8. Anna Haltern 9. reader Casey 10. via Ikea Hackers)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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