Published on January 27th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


From Kura to castle bed

Christy wanted to make a castle bedroom come true for her two princesses. Here’s what she did.

She says, “When it came time for our two daughters to move into the same room, we bought an Ikea Kura bed for each of them. The oldest desperately wanted a ‘sparkly pink castle bed’ but (1) the space in their shared room wouldn’t allow it, and (2) there was no way I’d spend $1000+ for a castle bed she would outgrow in a couple of years.

Enter the Kura bed. For our oldest, we turned it upside down (so the loft bed is up). Then we cut mdf to wrap the four sides, using a jigsaw to cut out the castle shape at the top and the ‘window’ in the one side. A few coats of pink paint, some faux bricks using a sponge and white paint, and a coat of sparkly paint later, and voila – a sparkly pink castle bed that is the envy of all of her friends. One bonus is that the castle sides are taller than the bed sides, so now there’s really no way she can roll out!

For our younger daughter (too young to sleep in a bunk and too young to request a castle bed–yet), we made a ‘princess bed’. This time, we left the Kura bed right side up, painted it white, and then I sewed curtains to hang on all four sides to make a lovely little princess bed. I think sewing the tabs for the curtains took longer than the rest of the beds combined!

Click to view more of Christy’s castle and princess beds.

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13 Responses to From Kura to castle bed

  1. remmus says:

    Wondering how rude the removed comments were. I love it! My son has a kura and is happy with it plain. My daughter loves his bed and I want to find a used one for her and do this. Do you pain the pine before or after you assemble the bed?I also love the handles.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, how did you paint the bed, I would like to know too???


  3. Anonymous says:


    The bed looks great. I noticed that you painted the bed. Can you share the steps you took to paint? I am considering painting or staining the wood because I don’t like the look of the pine. Would love to hear any thoughts on what is a better method. Just a note, I am not too handy!


  4. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful! Could you tell us more about the MDF… do you just get it at the home improvement store? Does it come in pieces that large? Did you put together the KURA bed using the blue/white panels it comes with or just leave them off? Thanks!

  5. Robyn says:

    Thanks for the great idea! I was searching for something I could handle making and I think I could do this.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Q: When else in their lives will they get to have a race car/castle/pirate ship bed?

    A: In college, of course!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I totally disagree, as long as you have the ability to change it in a few years, i say, let kids have a crazy themed room. When else in their lives will they get to have a race car/castle/pirate ship bed?

    Looks great!


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  11. Malabarista says:

    Good solution! I like how the rest of the room is not pink, makes it easier to change it around when they get tired of the princess thing…

    Kids’ rooms shouldn’t be over-themed anyway.

  12. Anonymous says:

    the bed is too low for a standard desk. the bed is much lower than the typical loft bed.

  13. Alexa says:

    Thanks for the suggestions! We’ve got 2 girls, too, and were looking for a way to put a desk under their beds. I’ll have to keep this page hidden from them until we’re ready to build them.

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