Secondary Storage IkeaHack1

Published on May 8th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


convert a vestby bed frame to a bookcase

andy built this low slung bookcase from his ikea vestby bed frame. great repurposing of old furniture.


“i needed a low, long bookshelf, and was unable to find one to buy, so i decided to do a conversion project with my old bed, and it worked out great!


it was quite simple, and made really efficient use of the materials the vestby was comprised of. pictured below (left) are the six, six-inch long pieces of wood that were the only pieces salvaged from the original vestby (right) that i didn’t use in the bookshelf. i used everything else, including all the hardware, and only needed to buy a box of screws to finish the project.IkeaHack4 IkeaHackOriginalthis project was actually quite cost-effective as well. the vestby costs $59 CDN, and the pine itself would cost about $70 to buy at home depot, according to my estimate.”

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Jules Yap

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4 Responses to convert a vestby bed frame to a bookcase

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’d just like to thank you for this idea.

  2. Amy says:

    I used two Vestby beds to make slats for two twin bunk beds I inherited, and for one regular twin bed. It’s got the longest slats available.

  3. feli says:

    owh wow… I am amazed everyday by what I can do with my ikea stuff on this blog and this one takes it one step further. All these from a bed? No way!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Are there instructions posted anywhere?

    I have a very different ikea twin frame that I’d like to put to similar use. (Mine is similar to the MALM, but without the headboard.)

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