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IKEA Hack: Platform Bed

DIY Platform Bed & Foam mattress

In this next instalment of our IKEA hacks series, we look at how you can create your custom platform bed using IKEA Kallax units and a made to order foam mattress from eFoam. The perk of creating your own platform bed is that you can truly customise this to your taste and specification, right down to the headboard's details and any additional wall cushioning if your bed is to sit flush against one side of a room.

To create a Kallax-inspired bed, you will need three of the four-section units to make a standard double. When constructed, your bed frame should measure approximately 190cm by 147cm; however additional units can be used or positioned differently to create a bed measuring an alternative size. In addition, you will need two large pieces of heavy-duty chipboard or two thin slats of wood that match the bed dimensions – strong enough to hold the weight of a mattress and the one or two individuals sleeping upon it! Likewise, you will also require a third piece of wood (147cm wide, and approximately 150cm tall, and no more than 1cm thick) to place up against the headboard-end of the bed.

Other materials you will need include eight angle brackets to fix the units to one another, including against the wall. Furthermore, you will need at least ten screws to attach the chipboard base to the frame once the Kallax units are assembled, though the exact number depends on personal preference.

Platform IKEA bed

First, lay two of your Kallax units parallel to one another roughly to the width of the intended bed width. Take the third unit, and place this horizontally at the bottom of the two units, creating a smooth U shape before adjusting the parallel pieces' placement to fit. Take two angle brackets to fix each parallel piece's inner corners to the bottom horizontal unit. Next, take your headboard piece of wood and fix this to your desired wall space using standard screws. Position the top two ends of the parallel Kallax units (the free end) to the wall, ensuring that the wall piece and units fit to size. It may also be worth checking several parts of the unit with a spirit level. Proceed to then fix the inner top two corners to the wall piece using four angle brackets (two on each side).

Next, take your two heavy-duty wood or chipboard base pieces, and fix these to the bed frame using standard screws. These should be placed on top of one other with two separate sets of screws to ensure added security. Next, it's time to order your custom mattress via our customer services or by using our dedicated cut to size tool. You may be after standard foam, memory foam, or a combination of both to achieve your preferred mattress firmness and density. More about our custom mattress types can be found here.

Likewise, you may wish to paint your headboard piece or look to upholster it using foam and a chosen cover material. Using our cut to size tool, you can order a single foam piece or multiple pieces to achieve your desired effect. To learn how to make your custom headboard, read our dedicated blog 'DIY Foam Headboards'.

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