Published on September 20th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Wood floors using Sultan Lade slatted bed base

Materials: Sultan Lade, Wood Stain, Materials to age wood

Description: This is a small 24 square foot space in my movie room. I built a small two tier deck and used some leftover sultan lade bed slats that I found in the trash.

I stained the slats with various leftover stains that I have. I tried to age them using various techniques. I wanted to make sure that each slat was different. I was going for the look of a patchwork quilt.

I nailed them to OSB underlayment

After searching for months for “reclaimed wood” that I was never able to find at a reasonable price, I was very happy with the results.

By taking new wood and aging it I got my “reclaimed wood” for half the price.

~ Ikea Rocks

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31 Responses to Wood floors using Sultan Lade slatted bed base

  1. Slatted bed base says:

    I liked this idea. Have found many uses for old bed slats.
    Once built a cage for my son’s guinea pig from the slats from a worn out Ikea bed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very creative use of the bed slats and it really gets you thinking outside the box. I’d have to see the whole room design together to see if this particular look was my cup of tea, but who cares if it’s not. It’s creative and it gets you thinking about what you can do and that’s what I come here for.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would prefer to spend a little more than to have this monster in my house. The idea is there, but the result is hideous.

  4. Slatted bed base says:

    Certainly has the look of a patchwork quilt not sure that I like it though. Dificult to see from the photo.

    The ideas good though, of using old bed slats but they probably won’t wear as well as hardwood flooring.

  5. slatted bed base says:

    Wow that’s impressive. I like how you did the design but the stains I’m iffy about lol. good stuff though

  6. Anonymous says:

    LOL @ the anonymous comment. Look, not all of us have an account that can post on this blog, so who cares if a name is attached to it or not? It’s not like leaving a comment saying “yeah love the idea, but not the execution” requires a name attached to it.

    But I agree with many of you: The idea is neat, but the colors are just way too much.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to have a coffee table like this. Once I had to wait in a lobby of a company where they had a large table somewhat like this. At least 4 feet by 15 feet, with slats colored from soft yellow to ice blue and everything in between. I’ve wanted one since that moment, but it seems that having one made is prohibitively expensive due to it being ‘design’.

    That I actually might make it myself is a revelation. You can be sure I’ll try to do it myself now. Thanks for showing this!

  8. Anonymous says:

    While considering and debating the aesthetics, if you all have not seen Piet Van Eek’s work, take a look.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The hack is an idea which may inspire others; the various stains may not. I wonder why the concern with the stain since, if I understand correctly, the hacker is going to put a chair on top of the deck and put on a movie and turn down the lights.

  10. majeral says:

    LOL ALL THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE I like the idea and if any of you had really lived in a situation were you used what you had , it would look like this.
    It keeps the eyes moving. It is recycling at its best.
    NOT afraid to sign my name

  11. Anonymous says:

    I think the idea is great, and there are so many options to tailor this to suit your own taste.

  12. Anonymous says:

    great idea, but very poorly executed.

  13. Anonymous says:

    i think this particular project’s outcome did miss the mark aesthetically, but the means to correct it are within the hacker’s grasp. be a less zealous with the “aging” and get rid of the white and light boards. i would also refrain from writing things with the aging process. in fact, if this is a floor i don’t see why you would have to age (i assume this means scratch and scuff) anything. just walk on it. it’ll age.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see why stating your personal feelings is offensive. If you called the hacker stupid for doing something, that is putting someone down and would not be constructive – this is completely different than stating you don’t like something.

    Apparently a lot of people think it is ugly because of the color choices (or rather too many color choices). I fit in this group. This gives the hacker feedback that maybe they might need to rethink their color choices (or it affirms their original intentions to make something stark and drastic). In either way stating that you believe this is ugly does help.

    In any case, I think it is ugly and I also thought the pictures were the before pictures. If you like it, awesome.


  15. Singapore interior design company says:

    Quite an interesting ideas.. I bet that it will look good on a terrace as well to make a statement.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The case is not if I like it or not.
    But if you do not like this hack, no need to say “It’s ugly”. It’s offensive to the author and it’s useless. Write here constructive remarks.
    All tastes are in nature. Just a little respect, please.

  17. I think the idea is fantastic. Great inspiration for those who want to benefit from it, I think.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I love it! fantastic idea to use bed slats, so what if the eclectic style is not everyone’s cup of tea, the hack idea is brilliant anyway

  19. Anonymous says:

    It’s a great idea to reuse those bed slats but I honestly thought these were the BEFORE pictures. :-? I agree with previous posters that there is way too much contrast and slight variations in color would have been much better.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It might look good on a terrace as well to make a statement.

    Glad to see we are back on track. Agree with the anon who said let’s get back to hacking.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I like it for the small space, would I want it for a whole room? Not so much, but for a space that’s small it’s really cool. The names in the two places are a huge turn-off for me though.

  22. Anonymous says:

    why don’t we keep comments on an idea level? that’s what ikea hackers it’s all about, isn’t it?

    great inspiration for those who want to benefit from it, I think. if anonymous1 doesn’t, then move on to the next post.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Neat idea, would never have thought to use wood from a bed frame.

    Kind of agree on the wild use of colors, but it’s all about personal enjoyment. The nice thing about wood is that you can sand it down and change the color to whatever.

  24. Anonymous says:

    i would agree with anon1, this looks like crap. too many colors and too many patterns! one or two very close shades would look just fine…but not so many.

  25. Anonymous says:

    So if only nice comments are polite and all negative comments are rude, I guess you are also an incredibly rude commenter for calling me incredibly rude?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea! Some people (like the incredibly rude commenter above who believes this looks “really awful”) may not like as much contrast, but this post provides great inspiration for those of us with the imagination to adapt the hack to meet our own needs and preferences. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Ari Z says:

    I think the idea is fantastic, but the comment above has a good point about it looking a little busy. It’s a very clever use of the bed slats but the white ones jump out from the rest of the floor. Could they be died to a shade of brown to match the other slats?

  28. Anonymous says:

    That looks really awful because it’s so busy and has nothing cohesive holding the look together. Good patchwork quilts don’t use totally random colors slapped haphazardly together – a particular color and pattern is carefully selected for the best design results. The gray and white slats are what throws this off the most because they are so bright and out of place among the rest of the warm colors. Better planning of where all the pieces fit together and a limited color range in finishes would greatly improve a project like this one.

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