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Published on March 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Malm Headboard Hack with Recessed Ridge for Hiding Cords and Back Lighting

Materials: Malm 3-Piece Headboard and Lack Tables

I installed the Malm headboard ($199) without the Malm platform bed since I wanted my bed as low to the ground as possible. Extending the shelves out created a wall-to-wall headboard across the room.

I created an extension of the headboard up the wall using matching Lack tables ($10 each) attached with industrial strength velcro ($15).

In order to allow access to the outlets behind the bed, I took the table legs and more velcro and created a recessed ledge behind the bed leaving a small space in the middle for cords.

The ridge stops short of the end of the headboard on each side to allow for more hidden cords and the installation of a rope light in the ridge which will sit behind the headboard and illuminate it.

~ Dusty Fohs, Santa Cruz, CA

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5 Responses to Malm Headboard Hack with Recessed Ridge for Hiding Cords and Back Lighting

  1. MellyTattz MellyTattz says:

    Love this hack! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Megan, I had the same idea but the Ikea instructions say not to do this, but I can’t figure out why (tipping over?). See page 19:

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had a question regarding the malm headboard/bookshelf. I purchased a bed from ikea without a headboard. Is this malm product reversible so the back of it can act as a solid headboard and the shelves can be turned around?


  4. Very nice! Using the Lack tables and industrial strength velcro was an excellent solution.

  5. Maud says:

    Great blog, I love all things IKEA and what you’re doing with these pieces.

    Thought you might be interested in this IKEA related post!

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