Published on July 27th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Rainbow bed

Materials: Eina, duct tape

Description: We wanted a bed for our 4-year-old son, and after purchasing a second-hand disaster that kept falling apart on us, we decided to go for something simple. IKEA! The only problem is that we didn’t really like any of their twin beds, and the space in our son’s room was tight. So we bought a simple Eina bed, but wanted to spruce it up. Our son had specifically requested a rainbow bed, so we set out to do a kind of swirly, mixed-up paint job.

Well, I’m not sure what it’s made out of, but you CAN’T paint it. We tried, scraped it all off, sanded, tried again… dice. The paint just flakes right off. Frustrated and tired of the whole bed issue, we weren’t sure what we were going to do.

Then I found the Tape Brothers site, and the answer was clear. Duct Tape! After ordering 7 rolls of 1-inch duct tape (in rainbow colors, of course), we set to work. We banded the edges with black Gorilla tape, set down the stripes along each board, put it together and voila! A beautiful rainbow bed. Our son is thrilled, and we’re pretty happy with the way it turned out.

~ Christina Libertini

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Jules Yap

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27 Responses to Rainbow bed

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  3. Anonymous says:

    We have this bed, but the problem is that the legs are HORRIBLE! They are not sturdy at all and always seem to be at an angle. If you shift your weight when you’re in this bed, the legs really wobbles. Am worried that the legs would just collapse. Any thoughts?

  4. China Strother says:

    I am actually stealing this idea :) I have been looking every where for a rainbow bed an bed set :) GLBT pride :)

  5. Faye says:

    i think its a great idea, looks good too. and if he changes his mind and wants something else, just tape over it. awesome!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I knew someone would come up with the gay thing.
    Get a life.

  7. Anonymous says:

    August 11, 2010 11:20 AM – Really?! You think his four year old friends are going to get all judgey like you are?

    I somehow doubt it.

    Nice project, trolling aside.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bootstripe tape (for use on boats) might also work well if you don’t want a ductape looking finish.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I dont mean to be mean, but rainbow flag is the color for gay pride. Not sure if you meant to do that, but something to consider for the your kid if his friend’s come over.

    • Miriam Heddy says:

      The rainbow symbolizes diversity and inclusion–hence its use by the GLBT community.

      So the question is, are you raising your gay *or* straight child to be inclusive and appreciative of diversity? If so, the rainbow’s the best symbol in the world.

      I suspect our anonymous concern troll was not raised to appreciate that everyone deserves to take pride in themselves.

    • China Strother says:

      Wowww some people allow there ignorance to show. He is a CHILD there for im sure he just like the colors of the rainbow an does not in an way think of it as the “rainbow flag” get a life.

  10. Anonymous says:

    @ mr.jr – lol, nice one.

    i didnt know duct tape came in multi-colours.

  11. dizzy_izzy says:

    Duct Tape FTW once again!!!! McGyver would be proud!

  12. eva says:

    it looks fabulous.. great job!i like rainbow colors too..

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool – love it!!

  14. Anonymous says:


    but what does it mean!?


    awesome job.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Forgot to ask… How much did it end up costing and how much time did it take? I assume it didn’t require using up all or most of the tape, so you still have some left over for more duct tape projects! :D

  16. Anonymous says:

    Great idea & great job using duct tape for the rainbow pattern on that bed! Nice & easy! Best of all, your kid looks so happy with his new rainbow bed! :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    That is so cute!!

  18. meg duerksen says:

    LOVE this.
    fabulous idea… so great. :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Whoa that’s a full rainbow, all the way.

  20. Daniel says:

    Sweden approves! Duct tape must be the greatest invention of our time.

  21. DJinny says:

    This looks lovely and your kid adorable!

  22. Cara says:

    Haha! I know duct tape fixes everything, but I never would have thought of this. It should hold up well, and if the tape ever does start to peel or look funky, you can always peel it off and/or put on a fresh layer. Love it!

  23. So cute!! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  24. mr.jr says:

    Perhaps a double rainbow bed would allow for him to grow into it.

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