Published on September 10th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Elevated Malm

Materials: Malm Bed Frame, LACK bookshelf

Description: My wife and I just moved to a small apartment, and the Malm bed frame doesn’t have much (read: 4 inches) of storage underneath it. By setting the bed frame atop two LACK bookshelves laid on their sides, we gained a ton of storage AND as an added bonus, this raised the low Malm bed up a bit.

~ Ben, Chicago, IL

Note: I would recommend checking the load bearing capacity of the Lack shelf before placing such a heavy item on it. And is the bed frame fastened to the shelf? Would it be stable should there be … er … “movement” in bed? ~ Jules 

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18 Responses to Elevated Malm

  1. Happydog Happydog says:

    For the 2 two LACK bookshelves, where these the IKEA Kallax Shelving Units?

    For the width of your bookshelves, do they align well with the width of the Malam headboard and footboard (do they overhang beyond the end of base of the bed)? It appears so align in one of your photos, but I can’t see the opposite side to tell for sure.

    Thanks for any help – John

  2. Ari says:


    I purchased a Malm Queen Storage Bed.

    I’d like to raise it. Do you think it would be a good or bad idea to use these feet?

    If so, what would be the best way to install them? I think I read that the bulk of the weight is being supported by the head and foot rests, so I guess on the inside of those?


  3. Anonymous says:

    My son has this bed and has a tenancy to just flop on it (he’s 17) and he totally ripped the screws from the headboard… luckily it has two sets of screw holes, one lower and one higher, so i was able to just raise it but the bed isn’t invincible…. I can see the desire to have a support underneath.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this Idea and keep coming back. I suffer from arthritis in my knees which I did not have when I got my MALM bed and find it hard to get up from the low bed. I am not adverse to the Lack Shelves but am looking for something with a smaller food print like stacked 2X4 at each corner and attached with L brackets to the foot/head boards. thanks for the idea will be using it soon.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Because you attach them at the places where it is NOT hollow

  6. Pete says:

    My question involves the L brackets. If the footboard and headboard are essentially hollow, how would you secure the L bracket to the bed frame without risk of the screws just ripping out?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Do you think that each vertical block of wood could support 100 lbs.? Their are 5 at each end. This means that the shelve units would support the weight of the bed and its occupants totaling 1000 lbs. I think that is plenty strong enough.

    The bed by itself (I have one) sits on the ends i.e. the headboard and the footer. THere is no need for any support in the middle with or without raising it.

  8. Mel V says:

    maybe is a little more sturdy if you place them lenghwise?

  9. Anonymous says:

    i haven’t seen the lack bookshelf in french stores.
    But if it is as fragile as the lack table is, i don’t think it is a very good idea to put the weight of the bed plus the weight of the sleepers upon it… except if they are hobbits!
    And yes, i don’t even think i could have some fun with my wife on a such fragile hack :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    You’d probably just need to run a 2*2 along the inside of the shelves, across the bed so they wouldn’t be seen too much from the outside to sure up the shelf. The only way it would collapse is side to side and not long ways. As for the “sliding off the shelves” do to motion in the bed, you could stop at the hardware store and put couple L-brackets from the back(top) of the shelf to the inside of the bed frame. That should solve anyone’s concerns for stability. I like this idea.

  11. Izzie says:

    I really love “elevated Malms” but I could not sleep on this one without the fear of crashing down :(

  12. Anonymous says:

    The Malm bed is entirely supported by the headboard and footboard when it’s resting on the floor. Raising it up shouldn’t make it any more likely to buckle. Provided the LACK shelves don’t topple, why would it need any additional support in the middle?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I would put some anti-skid shelf-liner (kitchen drawer liner) between the bed and the “risers”

    if possible, try putting something underneath the midpoint of the bed too

  14. Alison K says:

    Oh my dog! I love this! Here I thought we’d have to surrender our Malm when we move, but no!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Not a bad idea! On the stability concern, some angle brackets on the shelf units might make it more sturdy.

  16. punk-apple says:

    How about using Expedit, the 4 x 1 form? That would come naturally to that shape, and if using on both/all sides, it would be built-in more sturdy, and raise it about 15″.

  17. Ha! Will there be any “movement in the bed” that’s hilarious! I think it’s a practical way to raise the bed, perhaps you can raise it with something more sturdy? I know there are bed risers in some home improvement stores….I would be worried about the weight, I am sure other readers are thinking the same.

  18. Ryan says:

    Yea, I would be nervous that too much weight on the bed would eventually buckle it.

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