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Published on January 1st, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Happy New Year and how to sleep on higher ground

Happy 2009! Made any resolutions? Broken them yet? Let’s start the year with this super cool Malm bed with lots of storage.

Andrew says, “We had an idea to somehow add under-bed shelving to a Malm king bed using the Lack shelving unit. The original thought was to add legs to the Malm and slide one Lack under each side. The problem came when we couldn’t find a way of attaching legs that satisfied both my structural/safety concerns and Jennifer’s aesthetic sense; either they’d be attractive but too small or not well-attached, or ugly but bulky and secure.

The beginnings of a solution came from an Ikeahacker post on headboards which linked to aerialsoul’s Malm headboard hack. The main inspiration we took from this is that the best way to add to a Malm bed is to just buy another set. We’re using the headboard from one set as the footboard, and our headboard is made from the second headboard sitting atop the two footboards. Everything works together to make a cohesive, connected bed. We couldn’t be more pleased!

Supplies list:

2x Malm king bed, black/brown
2x Lack shelving unit, black/brown

4x 6′ 1×4 lumber, used as cleats to secure the three pieces of the headboard
2x 24″ 1×4 lumber used to reinforce the repurposed headboard where it doesn’t have interior structure
1x 24″ 1×6 lumber, same
1 qt. black paint, used on the sanded lumber
wood glue, various wood screws and random Ikea hardware
8x plastic furniture feet for easy movement on carpet (4x for each of two Lack units)

Check out Andrew’s blog post  or the assembly photos and final product.”


It’s getting tougher and tougher shortlisting the top hacks for the year. I hope to be able to make my final selection tomorrow and get the post done. So watch this space. Click here to see 2007′s.

Next, on a totally unrelated note, but I am a big fan of Leo of ZenHabits (who is also part of LifeRemix) so I just got to bend my rules to sneak this in. He has just launched his new book, The Power of Less. I love his stripped down principles for life and nuggets of succinct truth. Do hop over to check out the book and if you pre-order it before 1 Jan midnight, you get 3 bonus giveaways too.

Please also join me to welcome Easy Appliance Parts as our new Sponsor for 2009. They offer over 1 million appliance parts in stock for do-it-yourselfers. Wow. So if you need to replace a part in your microwave or dishwasher or fridge, you know where to go.

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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".

19 Responses to Happy New Year and how to sleep on higher ground

  1. Cortney says:

    Is it mostly an aesthetic problem if I just pop the shelves under my malm? Not really looking to buy a second bed

  2. saygah says:

    IKEA now sells a ‘taller’ malm, but only in this black-brown colour (or “wenge” as they call it here).

    If anyone does this exact hack, I’d recommend using the “spare” side pieces attached to both parts of the extended head and foot boards (across the join), behind those lack shelving units. This is because I’d be a bit worried that the head/foot boards might snap at the joins if the bed was rocking to and fro… which, you know, sometimes happens… kids jumping on it, that kind of thing *ahem*

  3. Anonymous says:

    for my full mattress and box spring I built the malm full bed frame then attached the QUEEN malm headboard to the full bed frame footboard (by marking then drilling two holes in the footboard). Rotate to make the footboard + headboard into the bead of the bed. It’s actually easier than this and you can use an existing mattress set…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Maybe this sounds stupid but… could somebody post instructions to do this hack with the new ikea tall headboard? Would it be as easy as making new holes to the old headboard (to use as foot board) and to the new headboard? Thank you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love that your cat jumped in the pic. Mine do that, too. They’re all over Craigslist.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, Does anyone know if I use this hack,can i still attach the bedside tables to the headboard?

    Or what?

    Ikea noob.

  7. ArchMedia says:

    this might help make this hack a LOT easier:

    the only catch to this right now (and i hope this is going to be fixed by Ikea) is that it’s not available for the king sized frames, and not available in the Medium-Brown color. (which we have a medium brown frame!)

    ugh, so close to an easy fix without having to buy a whole second bed frame

  8. ArchMedia says:

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  9. ArchMedia says:

    “order less, get more”
    HUH? that’s TWICE the order for the same thing just higher up! how is that ordering less for more? that’s ordering double the amount for about the same thing…

    then my next question is, if the fact that ikea is putting out a higher headboard in April/May is true, will this help with the idea of wanting to raise the bed to have under bed storage? cause right now just 4″ of clearance kind of sucks. I do like the higher headboard part of it, but it’s the storage i think most people would like to resolve first.

  10. Anonymous says:

    for all those who loved this one, but want and easier way to do it, in April/may there is a new malm headboard coming that is rather tall….

  11. hayata dair says:

    Thanks love the bed..

  12. nick says:

    were new holes drilled on the original headboard to be used as a footboard? id love to do that on both ends and not really have a headboard since the head of my bed is against a window.

  13. epdrama says:

    happy new year!! i love the bed..

  14. aerialsoul says:

    Very cool hack. Glad to see more Malm hacks too since there weren’t many around when I was searching for info about what was possible w/ the Malm beds.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Order Less, get more. Sneaky. :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    Cool hack, although the row of rubber duckies perched on the headboard indicate (in more ways than one) that this bed sees no action.

  17. Anonymous says:

    You’ve made Ikea products into adult Legos…very cool!!!

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