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Interactive IKEA Kura bed

Ikea Kura bed hack

In the next instalment of our IKEA DIY hack series, we’re here to offer a guide on customising the ever-popular IKEA Kura bed. The bed is increasingly popular with children as you can easily change it from a ground-level bed to a mid-sleeper solution. Of course, this also makes it popular with parents too as it is easily adjustable to a child’s ever-changing preferences!

Via IKEA, there are also several tent-like coverings that can be purchased to customise the bed. However, the online DIY hack movement is also promoting several other ways to change the bed depending on preference. With its four-poster design, the bed includes a full side panel piece – floor to top length – that presents a creative opportunity for children and parents alike.

Customising this end piece can be as simple as ordering a simple foam sheet to cover the end. Using our cut to size tool, a foam piece can be ordered in the exact dimensions and to your complete specification – as dense and thick as you’d like, and in any foam desired. From here on, the possibilities are endless. Here, we present three simple suggestions for creating an interactive panel board – one using individual foam shapes, another creating a ‘sticky’ puzzle, and lastly, another that incorporates a ‘routine’ style game.

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Some similar suggestions online include the use of a blackboard placed on the end panel of the bed. However, chalk can still be messy, and foam offers an alternative mess-free activity. For example, an entire foam sheet can be ordered to fit the end of the bed panel, and another – usually in a lighter colour – can be ordered. Children can then stencil their designs and shapes on the sheet for these to then be cut out. Next, fastenings can be attached to the foam shapes, and in periodic places across the foam panel piece, each one can be swapped and ‘redesigned’ as a child wishes.

Alternatively, more structured activities can be made. For example, after ordering your two foam panel sheets, one can be affixed to the end of the bed, and the other used to stencil a picture. This can then be decorated with a range of things – from sequins and glitter to paint – and cut out in its entirety. Next, you can cut the picture into several unique pieces, per your preference, and affix Velcro pieces to the back of each one. As long as you ensure that the counterpart Velcro pieces are fixed to their corresponding piece on the foam panel, all parts of the puzzle will align when it is put together!

Furthermore, the panel can be useful for making an interactive ‘routine’ style game. On the second panel, proceed to cut seven pieces in the desired shape and size and fix a Velcro strip to the back. These can then be decorated and assigned the days of the week, making a 3D educational activity that requires children to place the different pieces in order. That said, you need not use the days of the week – you could create the steps of their morning routine or a number timeline. The choice is yours!

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