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Simple Ikea Bed Turned Chic

28 March 2011

Simple Ikea Bed Turned Chic
by Organized Design

Hey guys... I'm Jen from Organized Design. I love to blog about all things interior design and organizing. When I'm not busy doing the mommy thing, I enjoy creating functional finished spaces. My little girly is almost three and was in need of a big girl bed, so I took this bed...
and made it into this bed!
I am so pleased with how this bed turned out I can hardly stand it. I knew I wanted an upholstered bed for her, but wasn't finding anything I loved. They were either too boring, no style, or way out of a very descent price range. I first wanted to make the bed from scratch headboard, side rails, foot board and all, but wasn't mentally prepared for that undertaking. So I decided to take the easy way out and use a bed from Ikea. I started out by purchasing some particle board and cutting it down to the size of the headboard.

Then I decided on the shape of the headboard. From the middle I measured 7 inches across and 5 inches down.
I then attached wood pieces with wood glue around the back of the board. This is to help it be more study with added thickness. I really suggest doing this if you're going to make one, because the thickness also makes it look like I bought it from a store. 
Then glued and staple gunned it to the actual bed and let it sit overnight.
Then came the batting. I had to add extra inside the spaces to make it thicker so it wouldn't sink in.
Then it got a little tricky, because of all the stinking corners I couldn't just easily wrap the batting around with one piece. I had to do a layer of batting per row horizontally, then add a whole layer vertically. A big pain in the rear to get this thing to not look like my three year old did it!
In this picture I'm adding the top layer of the fabric. I have already stapled the horizontal piece, and this that I'm wrapping is the vertical. For the front of the bed I almost used two whole yards. There are so many staples in this bed it could stick to a magnetic wall, no joke!
It sits 4 feet from the ground, and is the perfect height with her mattress and added pillows.
The only thing I did to the rails were pad them and upholster them.
This is the occupant of the bed who LOVES it!
Here's the completed look with pillows and a night stand.

With a few thousand staples a little Ikea can go a long way! :)


Ashley Tremaine March 28, 2011 at 7:29 AM  

OMGosh...I am in LOVE with that headboard!! She is super talented!! I especially love the patterned material she used! Gorgeous!

Lesley March 28, 2011 at 7:38 AM  

This is the same bed that my 7 year old girl has and I've been thinking of tossing it and buying her a new bed because it looks so boring.
I am totally doing this in black and pink as a surprise for her! Thanks!♥

Green Gracie Home March 28, 2011 at 7:46 AM  

I LOVE this - so bright and happy. It looks so very pretty and professional.

Sarah March 28, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

LOVE this. I have a similar ikea bed frame that I now need to upholster!

Bromeliad March 28, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

Wow. You totally transformed a frankly ugly bed into one that is cute and classy.

Erika March 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

I bought my two little ones the exact same beds and have been wanting to "improve" them. After reading this I am ready to do it. Awesome, awesome work!

theLENNOXX March 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

This is seriously one of my all-time favorite DIYs!! And the styling is just perfect =D

xo Linda

Kat from California March 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM  

Great idea to use a simple form and make it fun. The little girl looks like she loves it.

Jen@Organized-Design March 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM  

Thanks everyone for your nice comments. I'm really pleased with how the bed turned out. Phyllis, I got the night stand at TJ Maxx.

Kristine: Lakeshore Cottage Living March 28, 2011 at 9:51 PM  

This is an amazing idea. That is really a great transformation. I may have to give this a try!

Stephanie March 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

I love the bed. I always tell people if they want to do an upholstered head board themselves, use a thrift shop headboard as your base. Who wants to re-invent the wheel right? Now I can add Ikea to the list. This turned out beautiful, and the finishing touch of adding the fabric around the bottom is so chic.

wwm March 30, 2011 at 12:35 AM  

This is so pretty! You had a great idea and it turned out perfect!

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