With hundreds of stores across the globe, IKEA has made a name for itself as a one-stop shop for affordable home furnishings. The downside to this, however, is that you can end up with exactly the same beds, tables, sofas and chairs as thousands of other people around the world. Luckily, a community of resourceful folks across the internet have been proliferating the notion that IKEA pieces are merely building blocks to help you create unique furniture customized for your home. There are some especially useful IKEA hacks for the bedroom – from storage beds, to embellished night stands to plush window seats. Read on to see a roundup of our favorites.
Hidden Storage Space
Why build out to create an extra closet when you can find all of the storage you need underneath the bed? That’s what Cathrine and Hans Edblad did by using two MALM dressers to elevate their son’s bed, adding lots of space for clothes and toys without giving up any square footage in the room.
Nora of Oh Yes really outdid herself with a hacked DIY platform bed that effectively creates an entirely new level in her room while also adding storage space below. We especially love how the drawers pull out of the sides of the steps — ingenious!
Here’s a DIY storage bed tutorial that even the least handy of us can handle. All it consists of is an EXPEDIT bookcase laid on its side with a few wooden slats on top — easy peasy!
Comfort and Creativity
Have you always dreamed of curling up with a book in your very own window seat? Check out Windmill Words‘ clever hack showing you how to create one using IKEA’s Stolmen closet system.
If you have small children, you likely shouldn’t show them this amazing bed fort because they probably won’t leave you alone until you build them one of their own. Designed by Gisela Vidallé, the Little Forest House, as she calls it, is based on the KURA bed but slightly altered and wrapped in MDF with wood veneer. Download the plan for this delightful mini dwelling here.
Beyond the Bed!
IKEA’s cookie cutter RAST dresser can be found in thousands of bedrooms around the world, but we could hardly recognize it after Style Me Pretty was through with it! Can you believe how they were able to transform it with just a little gold hardware, a coat of white lacquer paint and some gold leaf?
Those of us living in small spaces have trouble finding room for even the smallest of things like jewelry. That’s why the Girl on the Go’s DIY vertical jewelry holder, which takes advantage of the hidden space behind the Stave mirror, makes so much sense.
Having a walk-in closet may seem like a luxury that most of us cannot afford, but IKEA actually has its own DIY instructions on how you can create one using the PAX wardrobe system. Check it out here.
Which one of these IKEA hacks would suit your bedroom the best?