10 IKEA Bed Hacks That’ll Give You a Boost in Style, Storage, and More
At minimum, a bed needs to be a comfortable place to sleep. But it has so much more potential than just that, too: With some clever hacking, beds can become a cozy reading escape, a storage-packed organization station, or a stylish centerpiece. From headboard redos to full-on transformations, these IKEA bed hacks will inspire you to think of new ways to approach one of your most-used pieces of furniture.
1. Create a cozy, kid-friendly reading nook
Make bedtime fun with this KURA bed upgrade. You can’t beat story time with these added fairy lights, fluffy shag rug, and IKEA photo ledge shelves for book storage underneath. Rock climbing up to bed is one last adventure.
2. Maximize organization with bookcase storage
No storage? No problem. Create a platform bed with built-in storage and decor using two BILLY bookcases and wooden planks as an anchor.
3. DIY a luxe upholstered headboard
Extend the headboard height of an old frame to create a modern, more elegant bed look using leftover plywood, uprights, batting and the fabric of your choice. The old wooden frame is similar to the TARVA and was sanded and stained first.
4. Hack a canopy bed
5. Make a woven headboard
This open headboard on a TARVA frame was transformed using woven canvas straps to create a stylish, yet minimalist headboard to complement an elegant apartment.
6. Add wallpaper accents
This smart low-cost upgrade to the KURA bunk bed offers style that’s just right for a shared girls’ room. First, it got a crisp white paint job. Then, to make the space look totally custom, DIYer Charlotte used the same wallpaper on one wall of the room as on the accent panels of the bunk bed.
7. Slipcover a plain headboard
Upholstery is made simple with this black linen headboard cover on the TARVA bed. Rather than fully upholstering the headboard, this hack employs a slipcover-like style to get the look without the fuss. The best part: You can pop the cover off to wash seasonally, so dust never builds up.
8. Build a super private fortress
If you’re looking for a bed that feels like its own little escape, this KURA bunk bed upgrade may be for you. Adding wooden bars to the upper level and curtain rods for the bottom turns an open bed into a super cozy and chic enclosure.