Published on August 23rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Stolmen Bed

Materials: Stolmen Cabinet, Stolmen Shelvs, some planks, some metal brackets and a lot of screws

So, what do you do if you have a huge Stolmen Shelve but don’t like it any more and also want to have an “easy-entry” bed? Hack em..

I recently moved into a smaller Condo and did not like my Stolmen any more. Selling it would be one idea but I found a better one.
I planned to make it into a bed.
I had one big Stolmen Cabinet and two smaller Stolmen Cabinet as well as some Stolmen Shelves.

I bought another 110cm Stolmen Cabinet, and metal brackets, tooks some of the shelves to the wood shop and cut them into 10cm strips. I also get some wood spacers with 38cm.

I arranged both a small (55cm) and a big (110cm) Stolmen Cabinet on each side. Three of the spacers were used to connect those cabinets to each other and a 38×55 Stolmen Shelf was used to cover the spacers up. On the front and back of the new bed i bolted a 50×55 shelf onto the cabinet.

As the Shelves are 55cm height but the cabinets are only 45cm, this makes of a perfect 10cm Frame to hold the slatted frame and mattress in place.
In order to adjust the height around the bed I get got two shelves cut at a wood shop to get four 10cm pieces to create a frame equal height around the bed.
Everything was fixed with a lot of metal brackets and screws.

Last but not least I used three 50×110 shelves and a 140cm plank to create a head board. The three shelves were laid beside each other and screwed to the cabinets using the plank for been able to fix the shelves outside their frame area.

SIDE NOTE: Stolmen Shelves have about 3cm wood frame, the rest of it is cardboard!

This head board is used to adjust the correct width of the bead on one side to fit the slatted frame, on the other side I simply use an other left over plank.

The beauty of this construction is that I could easily widen the bed from its current 140cm to 160cm, 180cm or 200cm when ever I want to by simply expanding the head board and foot plank while also adding a new middle rest for the two slatted frames instead of the same one I currently have. And this could for example be done using a 5€ Lack table that I also have in stock ;-)

~ Tobias, Germany

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7 Responses to Stolmen Bed

  1. Kakue says:

    Hi Tobias,

    I did one of those “Stolmen into Bed” IKEA hacks by myself.
    I must admit, I am not fully satisfied.
    The design of yours is great, but there are a couple of caveats to consider:
    - The bed will be quite heigh for “German eyes”. The stolmen itself is about 45cm, the mattress adds another 20 cm and if you like to have a slatted frame (Lattenrost), you should add another 10cm.
    The total height of the construction will be between 65 to 75 cm.
    The heigth of Dining Chair is about 45, a sofa is slightly lower and 65-75 is too much, so sit on comfortably. Typical German beds are a lot lower, I have one from “Flötotto” (42cm) and “Hülsta” 46 cm.

    - Moreover, Stolmen is of low quality, even according to IKEA’ standards. It is more made of “cardboard” than of chipboard. Maybe, IKEA chose such a light quality, because Stolmen is normally hanging in the air. It is not comparable to Besta/Inreada or even Billy.
    So, you have to attach a metal frame inside the structure to prevent the stolmen cabinet from deflecting.
    It is very easy to scratch the surface. Accidentally kicking at the bid will cause serious damage to it.

    - All in all, the structure is relatively expensive. For a single bed (90×200 cm) I needed four stolmen, a couple of screws, a couple of metal bars, a lot of angles. I think I paid about 450 EUR.
    My opinion is, that a solid structure maid from a carpenter can be acquired for about 800 to 1200 EUR.

    All in all, I would say, the idea is great, but it is IKEA this time, who failed to meet the expectations.

  2. Anja says:

    Hallo Honey,

    da die Beschreibung von “Tobias, Germany” kommt, war es denke ich auch okay, auf deutsch zu fragen – ansonsten hätte ich natürlich auf englisch nachgefragt. Und alle anderen müssen es ja nicht lesen können.

    LG Anja

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hallo Anja (Anonymous),

    deine Chancen eine Antwort zu bekommen wären mit 100% Sicherheit größer wenn Du “englisch” schreiben würdest statt deutsch. Die meisten hier wissen garnicht was du überhaupt geschrieben hast.


  4. Anonymous says:


    wir würden das Bett sehr gern nach bauen – hast du eventuell eine ausführliche deutsche Beschreibung und noch weitere Bilder?

    LG Anja aus Berlin

  5. D-Signs says:

    Nice work you’ve done here. I admire your ideas. I learned a lot from you today.

  6. This is just what I need for my small apartment! Thanks! Do you have some more detailed instructions with pics?

  7. bani says:

    This was very informative and useful, thanks a lot! Looks nice.

    Are you left with a “hole” in the center front though, and do you cover than up or just leave it? Does it not look “off”?

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