Published on January 14th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Malm Toddler Bed under Malm-inspired Bunk

Malm Bed and Dresser

Description: After being inspired by so many cool projects on this website, hoping my daughter would sleep in her own room, and deciding I didn’t want to pay $2500 for kids’ bunk beds I came up with a design to use used Malm items to make my kids a new bedroom set.

This was a combination of three easy hacks and one harder one requiring actual building. I got two used Malm beds, and a used Malm dresser. I used the two headboards from the beds to make my toddler’s bed- simply replacing the footboard with the second headboard, so she couldn’t scoot off the bottom of the bed and under the bunk by accident. I used the rails and slats from the second bed on the upper bed that I built to match the Malm beds- the headboard, footboard, and stair wall are 2″ thick, and the headboard is the same height above the mattress as the Malm headboard. To fit in my space the upper bunk is narrower than Malm – only 41″, and the upper bed is longer than Malm -77″ so that I could fit both the Malm bed and Malm dresser underneath.

The stairs are drawers – inspired by Berg furniture for kids, but I also thought about using a modified Trofast stair system. I wanted the furniture to match existing paint, and using recomendations from this site to use special primer and extra long screws, I painted all pieces bright white, and attached knobs to the Malm dresser.

~ Ellen Farrow, Los Gatos, CA

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Jules Yap

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18 Responses to Malm Toddler Bed under Malm-inspired Bunk

  1. natalie r says:

    could you please provide more details to build the top bunk I would love to make this for my daughter. thanks in advance.

  2. vchu says:

    Please post step by step hack details. I love this design!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would love to mimick this, but will need actual step by step instructions…could you be please provide?

  4. I would have LOVED to have this set up as a kid! Nice work!

    Any chance you could get a bit more detailed with the nitty-gritty of the hack so I could perhaps recreate this beauty for my daughter?

  5. Joyse says:

    everything is wonderful
    how did the drawers?

    [email protected]

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE this! My husband and I both love the look-alike $2500 bed but just can’t justify it. If you could add more instructions I would really appreciate it. Fantastic hack!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love this & want to make one for my son’s room, but I can’t figure out how to make those stairs. More instructions on this would be wonderful.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where on earth are bunk beds $2500?? You can get them in IKEA at around $200.

  9. maxwell says:

    Amazing hack! I would want to have one of these! I have been seriously looking into toddler beds for boys for my next project. They have excellent selections, but I still can’t make up my mind on what I want for my baby. I really love how you managed to incorporate a lot of functional spaces in a compact way.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What type of paint?

  11. Anonymous says:

    FABULOUS hack, would love to know what paint you used…

  12. Faye says:

    instructions aren’t the best but i LOVE this hack.

    it has to be the best bed hack i have ever seen. very well done and beautiful! you cant beat saving money and getting your needs met along with an awesome look. bravo!

  13. Anonymous says:

    VERY VERY nice. however, for me, the pictures/explanations are completely useless. i cannot make heads or tails of them.

  14. Barbara says:


    I love this hack and I ‘d love to copy it. But unfortunately I have still some questions. Is there a way to contact Ellen?


  15. DJinny says:

    Wow! Already gets my vote for next “Hack of the year 2011″!!

    But… I would loooove to have more precisions about the trofast hack… can’t be simple, can it?

    Thanks, and wow!

  16. Kelly says:

    Maybe not spending $2500 on furniture is how she can afford to live there… ;) . Seriously though, this is a great hack! Nice job.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh c’mon Ellen – you can afford $2500 for bunk beds if you live in Los Gatos!

  18. Jeana says:

    It looks fabulous! Any kid would LOVE those beds. Nice work!

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