Bedroom bed

Published on June 8th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


malm headboard gets makeover

a quick change of a bed headboard makes a big difference. here’s what matthew did to his malm headboard.

“i bought the ikea malm bed a couple of years ago and after a month or two grew bored of… well, its boringness. i was trying to think of a way to add some excitement and tie together the colors of my room. the bedspread was black, the bed was oak and the walls were an unpaintable white.


using a piece of plywood, a 2″x3″ and some sheets of thin crafting foam i created a gradient effect on the headboard, going from the black of the bed to the white of the walls. (there’s a lot more black on the bottom but the pillows and mattress ended up covering it.) i extended it above the original headboard to break up the lines of the bed. the foam was great because it provided padding when used the headboard as a backrest.

unfortunately i was laid off from my job and had to move back home. i sold all my furniture including the bed so this hack is now floating around philadelphia somewhere.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

3 Responses to malm headboard gets makeover

  1. Suzie says:

    You got laid off, that’s tough. But look at your blog…your future seems to be mapping itself out. Why don’t you start your own business making bespoke furniture? you could tour junk shops and update old stuff and sell it, on ebay possibly? Maybe even a shop!

    And I was 10% for giving you the idea :0)

    Suzie x

  2. Jules says:

    haha, suzie. i didn’t get laid off. the malm headboard hacker was. :) though i would love to start a recycled furniture store some day.

  3. Tru says:

    It’s really too bad you had to sell it. This is a great hack! Even if I don’t end up with an ikea headboard, I’m still stealing the idea. ;-)

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