Published on June 9th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Bedroom series #1: Kid’s bedroom is the place to play with ideas

I did headboards a while ago, so a series on beds and bedrooms seem to be best next step. To kick off this series are hacks and ideas for children’s bedrooms and nurseries. They are always so fun to do and the place where your creativity can go wild. Don’t forget to check out tips from the mothership too. Enjoy!

Stack up a kid’s bed for storage
Michael stacks three old Ikea storage units (discontinued), arranged with two at one end backed on to each other, and one at the other end to create a kid’s bed, with storage below.

kids bunk bedkids bunk bedHe says, “I just took the top of one of Ikea’s cheap bunkbeds and via a few extra batons and so on, attached it on top of the storage units. Then the ladder was created from bits of the bunkbed that were left over and since these weren’t quite long enough (for some reason!?) I added a mini shelf/stand at the bottom.

See more of Michael’s kids bunk bed with storage.

A girly girl bedroom
Dean solves the problem of a creaky tromso bed and turned it into a girly bed for his princess.

the original Tromso

He says, “The Tromso bed that we bought for our daughter was great, but after a year, noise from moving around bothered her. She wanted no noise and a princess bed.

1. We took off the ladder and turned it over.
2. We flipped over all of the wire mesh panels to give even support to the mattress.
3. We had a trundle bed and we fitted it under the Tromso upside down. We took off the back bar that was not lined up with the other two. We also took off the front boarder bars that were used to hold the bed in place (that was now upside down and where you climbed into the bed). Traced the middle hole of the boarder bar onto the back brace bar. This then was put where the front boarder bar was. This gave the bed stability again.

4. Screwed screws now on top of each post and strung wire across. On this wire we hung up curtains to create the ‘princess’ effect.

Put the trundle bed underneath, and mattress on top. Noiseless and very girly.

Kura bed with chalkboard ends
Luke got a Kura bed for his young daughter Letty. However he hated the blue panels on it. So he flipped the panels the other way round so the white sides were facing out and then used aerosol chalkboard paintchalkboard paint to turn the tall end into a chalkboard for her.

Add fun with fabrics

Ana used a Hokus quilt cover to theme her daughter’s nursery. She says, “Since I didn’t like the Hokus curtains that matched the set, I bought a second quilt and sewed sections of it on the bottom of my own curtains.

baby room curtainI also cut strips of the little lines that divide each section and sewed it along the bottom of a white crib skirt from Pottery Barn Kids.

baby room curtainTo integrate the theme into other parts of the bedroom, I cut four individual ‘characters’ from the extra quilt and put them on photo frames. Cute and inexpensive!

baby room art
A platform crib
Taliesan and a friend just finished the attached project.

modern cribmodern cribTaliesan says, “I, like the maker of the other crib you have listed, wanted to have a more contemporary design without having to pay the huge price. so we took the Gulliver crib, cut off the legs and a bit of the ends to make the entire bottom level and built a new base for it. The base is a routered piece of 10-ply birch cut to have a 3 inch overhang. The base has a 4″ skirt that’s tucked 6″ back from the edge of the platform. The legs are 4″ tall. I wanted it to feel like the oeuf crib (pic, right) but with a little more detail.

changing tableAll we did on the change table was replace the drawer fronts on a 3-drawer Hemnes dresser with the same birch and add new hardware. I also built a tray to hold the change mat on top of the dresser.

And lastly, some eye candy
It’s only painting, but Ricardo and his wife did a fabulous job in their baby bedroom. In the photos you can see a Sniglar crib, a Sniglar changing table and a Rast drawer chest.

baby bedroombaby bedroombaby bedroom

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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".

17 Responses to Bedroom series #1: Kid’s bedroom is the place to play with ideas

  1. Taliesan says:

    4.5 years later and no injuries to anyone. Ankles intact. Amazing we emerged unscathed.

    Also added this to the room:

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love the look of the platform crib but with the protrussion at the bottom, ankles will be injured. Plus, it will likely making putting the baby down more painful for your back because of the added distance from the mattress. Both pieces are lovely but the bed’s not terribly practical.

  3. Nice ideas! I love them.

  4. John Taylor says:

    A true little princess bedroom. Love the creativity you put into this especially the chalkboard.
    John Taylor,
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  5. Rebecca says:

    I love the chalkboard on the Kura bed idea! I was thinking about getting this for my son but I also thought the blue on the ends was a little bit on the ugly side. This sounds like a simple and fun solution to that problem.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The platform crib is classic “oh, look how cool we are … becoming parents isn’t going to change US!” There is a reason that crib manufacturers don’t add sharp corners to their designs, and it’s not because they aren’t as hip as Taliesan. I suppose it’s possible this contributor has never seen a child hurt herself on sharp corners. And clearly Taliesan had never approached a crib while holding an actual sleeping baby, or adding ankle-height edges wouldn’t have seemed like such a great idea. Don’t try this at home, kids!

  7. Lynn says:

    Awesome post with wonderful nursery pictures!! I suggests to browse Pottery barn kids for making your nursery fabulous.

  8. Childrens Desks says:

    I feel kids furniture should include childrens desks as part of the concept furniture.

  9. Anam says:

    This is my favorite hack. It may only be painting but what a wonderful job they did. It’s such a pretty, joyful room!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know what paint did Ricardo and his wife use to paint the baby’s crib?

  11. Taliesan says:


    I used the drawer fronts as a stencil and cut new fronts out of birch plywood. I cut a groove along the bottom of the drawer front to support the bottom of the drawer. I attached the front to the sides with L brackets.


  12. MollyMargarita says:

    I have a question for the maker of the oeuf-like dresser. How did you replace the drawers? Did you buy two dressers and switch the drawer fronts, or did you purchase raw wood and cut them to size? I’d really like to do something similar in my bedroom.

  13. Summer says:

    I’d worry about the edges of that crib too when baby starts climbing out of the crib, falls, and bangs into it. OUCH!

  14. Anonymous says:

    The Kid’s storage bed hack is a cool idea but it seems like with all the rules and regulations for bedroom furniture, you’d want some kind of disclaimer for when little Timmy falls and breaks something because you decided to take a crack at a hack…

  15. Anonymous says:

    That platform crib looks good, but is going to be a real shin basher

  16. Jose A says:

    The chalk board at the end of the bunk bed is an amazingly great idea!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Awesome posts.

    That dresser hack is tight, I’m going to have to do that for my own dresser.


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