Published on March 28th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Light in Malm bed

Materials: Malm king size bed, 2 lamps (as normally used in kitchens), screws, wire and switch

Description: We had a baby and since we have to feed him at night we decided some “soft lighting” was needed in the bedroom. The idea was to install 2 lamps, as the ones normally used in kitchens under the bed structure with 2 screws per lamp. The wires go to a switch screwed in the back of the bed. The light reflects in the floor and provides enough light to feed, change diapers and so, without “blinding” none of the people in the bedroom!

~ Pedro Farinha, Aveiro, Portugal

More hacks on

Crochet Grono Lamp
Spotty step

The Author

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".

21 Responses to Light in Malm bed

  1. Lighting says:

    It’s definitely a unique idea. However I would consider using some sort of LED lighting. LED lights will not get as hot and they save energy.

  2. rizo minh says:

    YOu can use some stuff from Dioder Led series…led outdoor lighting fixtures

  3. kastebo says:

    Nice I have done a similar mod but I used a couple of IKEA leds a nexa remote switch and a motion detector.
    The motion detector is placed on the floor, set to turn on the lights only when it is dark in the room and something moves on the floor. It also turns of the light after a preset amount of minutes. Only have to get out of the bed or walk in the room to turn on the light :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s like those civic’s with neon under the car. Do you remember 1988

  5. verilux lamps says:

    I love the idea of having lights under my bed. By that, I don’t have to put on light whenever I’m going to the bathroom at night. And I think it looks kind of great and unique.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea of halogen lights under the best to keep us warm at night.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Awesome idea, will have to try this out. Tired of the wife turning on the light in the middle of the night and blinding me.

    Nice work

  8. jaka says:

    YOu can use some stuff from Dioder Led series…

  9. Pedro Farinha says:

    We didnt use led since they were much more expensive.the lamps are not white but yellow light.we installed it 5 months ago with no heating problems,but the wires must be carefully installed to avoid pulling them when cleaning under the bed :)

  10. rolety says:

    Looking for a creative idea for a window blinds or shutters to the bedroom… :)

  11. Xusso says:

    Muito bom!
    It’s great to see a post from someone in my home town in my favorite hacking page!!

  12. bani says:

    Lol, if you’re getting up for night feeds and the like your mood will most likely be “rotten”. A bright, pulsing red light? Or maybe venomous green? :P

    Love the idea though, very smart!

  13. Tim Gray says:

    LED Light rope is available at most any big box home improvement store and will produce more even light and use almost no power and generate no heat. If you get “fancy” search for “RGB LIGHT ROPE” on ebay and buy one that let’s you change the color based on your mood.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Awesome Idea!!!, But I would Definitely use LEDs since they do not get as hot. The regular bulbs would worry me a bit especially if a blanket somehow touches it for a little too long

  15. zkolev says:

    I have a similar setup. I initially used all blue Christmas lights but was worried about the heat, as I have carpet in the bedroom, so I bought all-blue LED Christmas lights. They run cool and use very little power. Just under 1 watt I think. They aren’t as bright as this example but they are good enough to just see around the room and dim enough to sleep while they are on.

  16. Patrícia I. says:

    Está muito giro! It looks pretty. Well done. The light heat goes up but I thing you thought on that before you began installing the lamp. Boa sorte com a lâmpada e com o/a bebé.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Great for kids, as everyone knows that monsters don’t like the light ;-)

  18. Aliza says:

    thats such a cute & pretty idea!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Looks nice with the light under the bed. Very functional.

    I would however use some LED lights instead as they won’t get as hot and are much harder to break (and don’t break as badly if you somehow manage to anyway).

  20. Looks awesome! My only concern is whether there is any danger of an electrical short causing a fire at all.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Back to Top ↑