Children Castle+Bed

Published on August 25th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Castle Bed

Materials: KURA bed, MDF

Description: Inspired by an idea I saw on this blog, in addition to my own ideas, I came up with this exciting bed for my son who’s into knights and castles.

We bought the KURA bed and cut out sections of MDF to create a facade that would be mounted onto the KURA frame. My dad and I used a sabre saw to cut battlements and a window on one side. We glued an extra thickness of MDF on top for the battlements to create a relief effect and to strengthen the area against inevitable rough “boy play”. We painted the bed and the mdf a dark grey and sponged a light grey over the top to create a stone effect. I liked the lighter color on the battlements to make them stand out.

A third thickness of mdf was added to the top of each tower to allow us to drill a hole that would hold the flags I bought online.

We made the front piece hang down about an inch from the bottom of the KURA bed to allow a surface to attach the curtain rod to. My mom, who owns an embroidery business sewed and embroidered the curtain. The moon and star lamps were a fun addition to the play space below, since it’s a little dark underneath.

It was a lot of work, but the look on Lawson’s face when he walked into that room was priceless!

~ Casey, McKinney, Texas

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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".

15 Responses to Castle Bed

  1. Jean says:

    Love it. My Grandson is getting this bed from Santa this year and I would love to steal your idea, if you don’t mind. I cannot be there when the bed is constructed since he lives in England. I would appreciate the measurement of the felt front so I can make here and mail it in time for it to be under the Christmas tree. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    круто / cool =)

  3. Anonymous says:

    How do you change the sheets?

  4. I love to say it this is good bed room i like it so much thanks for sharing it here and for giving this good idea of a good bedroom here I will make it for my youngest bro thanks ..

  5. shellebelle says:

    What is MDF?

  6. Liljankukka says:

    WOW! This is amazing! I love it!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Quite wonderful and inspiring.

  8. Rhiannon says:

    I saw your lighting comment. Did you know Ikea used to sell some great lamps that look like real torches? I have several of these which my kids LOVE in their room. Search Google images “MINNEN FACKLA” and you will see them. I paid $14.99 each and they were so fun. They even had bulbs that flickered so it looked like real flames!

  9. Wow your boy is surely a proud night for coming up with this design. Any boy won’t refuse to sleep in this castle bed! Love it!

  10. Ann says:

    Oh no! I feel like I have to do this for my son! He has this bed and LOVES castles! Wonderful!

  11. Laurel says:

    This is awesome. I am old and still wish I had a bed like this!


  12. Wild Roses says:

    This is fabulous! Makes me more determined to get one for my fast growing 3.5 year old!

  13. Anonymous says:

    It looks great!

  14. Anonymous says:

    You are a wonderful parent. Your son will remember this lovely gesture forever.

  15. marikorose says:

    Great idea! I love the idea of a castle bed and you really did an awesome job of creating it. Love the paint & fabric details, even on the walls!

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