Published on July 3rd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Twin to queen bed

Jaime turns twins into a queen.

“I turned two Tolga bed frames into a queen size platform bed. I wanted a platform bed and really liked the simple, modern style of Ikea’s Tolga, but it is only sold in twin size! I also liked these because they are made with steel truss which is very sturdy and also made with a renewable resource – pine slats. Oh, yah, and it was cheap! I hit Ikea at a sale time and spent well under $70 for both. The conversion was very simple. I cut one of the beds in half with a rip-saw, lined up one of the halves to a whole and then screwed down some plywood on top with a drill. Yay, for muh new bed!”

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25 Responses to Twin to queen bed

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do you need a hammer for assembling a tolga bedframe?

  2. Jamie says:

    Ha! Look this is my bed!! I just noticed it did get posted here. Well, I’ve been using this bed frame for quite some time now, and I’d like to report that there is no mold or moisture build up, it’s working great! I do flip the mattress every few times I change the sheets just to keep things fresh. I live in Seattle, so if it was going to get moldy, it would have by now. The finished look is pretty simple, it looks like a simple platform bed. No frills. If you tuck in the blankets, the zig zag shows just a little, which is kind of modern and cool. And as some comments above said, yes it does make the mattress more firm. But I like that, I am a firm-bed type. It’s been through 2 moves and over a year of sleeping, and it’s still sturdy and great! And, honestly, no mold or moisture. There is enough breathability between the slated areas and flipping the mattress often. Thanks Ikea-Hacks for all you do! -Jamie

  3. Anonymous says:

    we use two of these frames for our king mattress and love it. our mattress is very heavy thick latex and there have been no issues. the frame is a touch wider and a touch shorter than the mattress, but it’s not an issue, it’s not like the mattress sags down or anything. thinking of building a frame that goes over the outer edge of the slats to disguise them and make it look more finished. post when that happens!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Coincidentally, I just figured out this hack a few weeks ago and there’s no reason to cut the slats or use plywood. The slats are pre-grooved to sit atop the wire truss supports. Buy two beds, re-use one of the trusses for another project. Attach one set of slats to each of the outside trusses. Then offset and simply overlap the slats across the middle truss like a zipper, and you’re ready to go (no plywood necessary). The only obstacle is the following: the slats attach to the wire truss with little plastic tabs. Some of the overlapping slats (in the center) will line up with the truss structure, and you won’t be able to secure the tabs to those. But it’s every other slat, and the weight of the mattress holds them down anyway (so they don’t really need it). Much less work and a cleaner execution. I did it in about 30 minutes, including unpacking.

  5. Jenn says:

    Didn’t he say he made this for his Queen bed? Twins are shorter. I’m confused. And I agree with Jason, up there.

  6. FroneAmy says:

    There already *are* three sets of legs on this bed. Two sets of legs from the full twin size, and a third set from the half-twin.

    As far as ventilation, I agree that is probably area-specific. I have *never* heard of making sure your bed has ventilation, only that you need sufficient support if you don’t use a box spring.

    Hack definitely needs pic with mattress and sheets.

  7. Tim Gray says:

    If you sweat enough to mold a mattress then I suggest getting rubber sheets. Tons of beds don’t use open slats but a solid base. In fact many people buy a box spring instead of the cheap slats.

    I’d put a 3rd support from the second bed down the middle, then you can use it as a trampoline.

  8. Stacey says:

    So how does it look with the mattress on?

    Is this a platform bed with the slats acting as a border, or is the mattress flush with the wood slats?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I disagree about the ventilation issue. If you use a box spring your mattress wouldn’t get much ventilation either. I think it will be fine as is.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I agree with @Justin. If you had just bought some longer Pine slats you could have made it wider AND good looking. And if weight is a concern (which it is) you could put one of your leftover trusses through the middle. Three rows of legs!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great idea very creative. I will try it myself.

  12. wjax says:

    This will make the bed harder and more airtight. I would do it another way. The idea is good.

  13. Susan says:

    @Justin : Just like your comment.

  14. Justin says:

    Good idea, piss poor execution.

  15. This is very creative and cheap. But as what they have said, make a little improvement with the ventilation. :)

  16. Jon says:

    Ikea made it with slats to help with the ventilation. The moisture from your body will cause mildew in the base of the mattress without ventilation. Turning depends more on the type of mattress, some need turning, some don’t. But you’re better off with vents than without. Just think how much you’d have to pay for a new mattress.

  17. DiYgrrL says:

    I wonder about the added weight to the Tolga legs. They were built to support the weight of one twin mattress and however much person weight they allow for.

    With the added weight of the plywood, the queen mattress, and an extra person, you may find the legs collapse under the additional weight of this hack.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think it depends where you live re: mattress ventilation. I live in a cool, very dry climate, my mattress has been on a solid base my entire life. It wouldn’t even occur to me that that’s a bad thing, although I can see how it would be a problem in other places, now that I think about it.

  19. ellie says:

    I don’t think that it is so important to have the bottom of your mattress ventilated. I have a VERY expensive Scandinavian bed bought in the ’80′s and the platform is solid. It is important, however to turn a mattress regularly.

  20. Nice. So you’ve got have a Tolga to share with someone else?

  21. Willem says:

    How does it look with the matrass on…?
    I agree on the ventilation issue :) why not use metal struts or something.

  22. Anonymous says:

    It also seems off-center… is it stable?

  23. An hour with a hole saw could fix the ventilation issue.

  24. emily says:

    my thoughts exactly. moldy matress = bad. although i love how it looks!!!

  25. Jeroen says:

    There is no ventilation for your matrass this way.

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