Here's an idea: turn basic IKEA storage cabinets and dressers into multi-functional lofts. It's a smart way to address the problem of small space—you get both beds and storage in the same footprint. These hacks work well for studio apartments, kids rooms, and dorms. As inspiration, here are different unique ways others made it work for them:
Above, a storage bed that uses parts of IKEA's STOLMEN closet system as its basis. It fits horizontally in the narrow space under the window, which maximizes floor space as well. Initially from Stadshem.se, via Anita Sienudzi.
A mattress placed over two MALM dressers works well for this Swedish boy's room. The desk is hung at the same level to make it look built in, and forms a continuous line around the room. Seen on Hitta-Hem.
Another STOLMEN bed hack, with a slightly more substantial mattress, this time from Stil Inspiration.
An even more complex build: IKEA kitchen cabinets and doors form storage and steps up to a bed in this small apartment, from Oh Yes Blog.
Weekday Carnival came up with this configuration, with different colored kitchen cabinets (with dinosaur pulls!). To the left of the bed is also a combined desk.
And last but not least, IKEA Hackers shows us this version, with EXPEDIT bookshelves forming a ring around the edge.
- Re-edited from a post originally published 9.11.2014 - CM