Published on May 19th, 2011 | by Jules Yap



Materials: 1 x MALM super king size bed; 2 x ALSARP single size; usual tools; 2 piece of wide elastic band or strong ribbonde

Description: This is not my idea (I read about it here and was featured on Ikeahackers here), and it has been done before, but it is so useful and relatively easy that I thought I’d share.

We’ve had a MALM super king size (UK size) for a few years and I have always been frustrated that I can’t use the large amount of space under it for storage since it’s too low for any drawers/boxes etc. So when I came across the idea, I work ed to find out if it would fit a superking size bed too (it had been done for smaller sizes only).

MALM super king measures W180cm x L200cm; two single ALSARP will work just nicely for it (each measures W90cm x L200cm). They fit perfectly into the MALM frame – snugly enough so it looks very tidy and the mattress rests on the two ALSARP very nicely.

My mattress (not IKEA) is huge of course and quite heavy, but it seems the ‘hydraulic’ mechanism of ALSARP takes it quite well. It is a bit heavy to lift, but not uncomfortably so. I simply will not store stuff that I need every day.

Once the two ALSARP are assembled according to instructions, including the covers(very straightforward in my view), they need to be slotted into the MALM, which is literally the only bit of the process ta take some effort.

I have used some strong and wide elastic band from the haberdasher’s around to connect the two set of slats, so they go up and down together. One still needs to lift from both handles and take care to lift quite evenly, but the elastic band will prevent one set of slats from dropping down on its own and potentially tip the mattress over to the side.

The bed becomes a bit higher than is was originally but it looks essentially like a normal bed, since the MALM is so low to start with. The ALSAPR sits perfectly flush with the top of the MALM frame so nothing can be seen of it even when if you like to tuck the duvet under the mattress.

I am delighted, this solution gives me oodles of storage and you can reach quite easily all the way top under the lifted slats so there’s no wasted space.

I built it all on my own in one afternoon while my husband is away. It was absolutely fine. The only stage where it would have been a lot easier to have two people on the job was to lift the second ALSARP into the MALM frame; there’s no wriggle room, so it needs to go in straight, but I eventually managed that on my own too.

Please note the the bottom of the ALSARP will scratch the MALM frame, so if you need to rest the ALSAPR on it while you manoeuvre to place it in, put a towel or something on the frame to protect it (it’s very delicate).

Highly recommended solution to gain LOTS of storage and keep your beautiful, comfy MALM bed.

~ Laura, London

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19 Responses to MALM marries ALSARP

  1. Liv says:

    You can buy the MALM bed with this function buildt-in at IKEA in Sweden :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly what I am looking for. They now sell 1/2 king alsarps so they will fit perfectly. I was wondering though about the elastic-where is it exactly? I can’t see it in any of the shots. Do they run laterally where the Alsarps meet in the middle? please give some more detail on how to put those in, other wise incredible and beautiful hack!!!

  3. Sheila S says:

    We have a twin MALM bed,I showed your idea to my husband..It”s the perfect solution to our daughters storage problem

  4. Paula says:

    i have the same problem, we bought the 160cm bed to match the headboard storage (only 160cm here) and the alsarp only has 140 or 90 cm… i was just looking on our local ikea and they dont even sell the 180cm bed anymore :( which is too bad cause this is a great idea for storage!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Paula,

      Can you let me know if you went through with this and if it works fine?

      I am considering to do the same thing.

      I would really appreciate it – please write me to cafedelanuit27 at hotmail dot com

      Thank you!!

  5. eran says:

    Hi there.

    This is really cool.
    My wife and myself have a small apartment without too much of a storage space. We thought of buying a bad to our room and we saw the MALM. the downside is the lack of under-bed storage.

    The problem is…. we have a 160cm wide mattress.
    Is there a way to harness this solution to fit a 160cm wide mattress ?

    Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Eran,

      Can you let me know if you went through with this and if it works fine?

      I am considering to do the same thing.

      I would really appreciate it – please write me to cafedelanuit27 at hotmail dot com

      Thank you!!

  6. Ed says:

    Hi – I am in the UK and have just got a Queen size Malm which takes a 160cm mattress.
    They sell the Sultan Alsarp in the UK but only in a double size of 140cm. Do you think this would still work if I had 10cm each side of the mattress unsupported?

    Any help or advice greatly received – such a great, practical hack.


    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Ed,

      Can you let me know if you went through with this and if it works fine?

      I am considering to do the same thing.

      I would really appreciate it – please write me to cafedelanuit27 at hotmail dot com

      Thank you!!

  7. IJdoD says:

    I really like this mod, unfortunately the Dutch IKEA doesn’t seem to carry the ALSARP. :( . Is the edge of the ALSARP frame in the middle noticable?

    IKEA now sells a higher version of the MALM bed, although they haven’t yet made a higher version of that headboard storage set.

  8. Anonymous says:

    OK, so before doing our own bedroom, we found a used Alsarp for another bedroom in our home. Well, I made a little video yesterday . . . enjoy!

    Ikea Alsarp Meets Swagger Wagon – YouTube

    :] JB

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Laura . . . I’ve got a couple of 1/2 king bases like these in our garage waiting for me to build once our mattress arrives (to N. California from E. Canada on Sweedish Alsarp . . . and advice from you in — the wonderful land of people that have ‘haberdashers’ . . . !!!)

    Well, very excited, and a couple questions after finding the assembly instructions online (before I open the boxes):

    1) I’m wondering if the height Ikea advertises (30cm / 11.75in) = with -or- without the feet (?)

    2) The feet = are they wooden blocks, or — (?)

    (we might not use any feet at all . . . wonder anyone’s impressions of not using any)

    I might post these questions elsewhere as well; If you have a tape measure, and a little time . . . thanks in advance!

    :] JB in N. California

  10. Anonymous says:

    ^ Thanks!

  11. Laura says:

    Hi Anonymous who asked “I’m curious about your headboard. It looks thicker, deeper than the normal MALM headboard. Did you modify it as well?”

    The headboard is the three piece set with ‘cabinets’ sliding out from the side with a small modification. Since we wanted to save space (the bed is huge already)we fixed the top directly to the back of the bed’s own headboard with strong L-brackets and then affixed a think metal leg we had lying around to the middle to support the top shelf. Works very well and you can rest lamps or photos on the shelf. We also put the extra pillows we don’t need to sleep on!

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s great if you’re into necrophilia…

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious about your headboard. It looks thicker, deeper than the normal MALM headboard. Did you modify it as well?

    • Anonymous says:

      A year in reply, you might have already found the answer already,its a storage unit which is in the MALM range and can be purchased to match the malm bed frame

      Theres the link, its a dual set of sliding storage hidden behind the head board,

      Hope this helped,

      from a random IKEA hackers browser who wants to buy one but cant afford, hack in the making maybe …

  14. Anonymous says:

    What I don’t understand is why ikea doesn’t offer this kind of storage already built in. In Spain it is very usual to find such beds for a very good price. Lots of people have them in their flats, as the space under the beds is too precious to let in unused. I propose Ikea should offer beds with this built-in mechanism…. who can tell them? :-)

  15. Very nice design alot better then not being able to tell what is under your bed cause its buried just lift the top and check it out lol

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