Bedroom headboard

Published on March 10th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Free-Standing Brimnes Headboard for Renters

Materials: Brimnes headboard, 2 Vika Furusund solid wood table legs, hand saw, tape measurer, pencil, screwdriver, shorter screws or a Drimmel

Description: Unfortunately it seems too many of Ikea’s headboards are designed to be wall-mounted. That complicates things for renters like myself (my landlords LOVE the wallpaper in the house). I came up with a very simple, easy way to make the Brimnes headboard free-standing.

All you do is screw Vika Furusund table legs into the bottom/rear of the Brimnes headboard.

I went with these legs because they are solid wood, and you need to cut them down. Ikea doesn’t offer table legs that are the right length.

After assembling the headboard, I figured out about where I wanted to put the legs (the only space for them to screw into is the bottom bookshelf on either side.) I placed my legs are far in and back as I could, to minimize their visibility.

Next I measured how much of the leg I needed to saw off to get it level with the front legs of the headboard.

I have a little Buck Bros hand saw kit I bought at Ace (you can get it at Home Depot, too). It’s cheap and comes with a block that steadies your cut. It does take some muscle, though.

I sawed off the few inches I measured, then screwed the legs into the headboard.

Here’s where you can do better than I did. I realized before I started that the screws that came with the Furusund were too long, and would break through the bottom of the shelves.

I could have just gone to the hardware store and bought shorter screws, but it was late, and I wanted to get it done. I went ahead and screwed through the bookshelves, and then used a Drimmel (and eye protection!) to get the screws level with the shelves.

Dumb idea. It worked, but just go get the shorter screws.

Voila! Renter-friendly, free-standing storage headboard.

~ Meredith, Austinite in Boston

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Jules Yap

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20 Responses to Free-Standing Brimnes Headboard for Renters

  1. Julie says:

    Can someone tell me how tall the leg needs to be that supports the headboard? I’m looking online to see if I can find one that I don’t have to cut. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Shannon Burke says:

      I think that the length is 12 inches, plus or minus a fraction. Someone below said that the sultan leg was slightly too short, which would make sense, as the max height of the sultan is 11.75in.

    • Morgana says:

      I’m trying to find the same. Does anyone know how long the legs need to be?

  2. Amanda says:

    My local IKEA doesn’t carry those legs, so I bought the LACK TV unit for $14.99. I assembled it, then sawed off the legs at the appropriate length. (An easy way to measure is to turn the headboard upside down, place the assembled media unit in the middle, also upside down, and then mark off the legs to match the length of the headboard legs.) Once the legs were cut we flipped it all over and drilled a hole through the bottom shelf into the lack unit to screw the two together. I just used one screw on each side and the headboard is very stable. It could be freestanding in the middle of the room. Plus, the LACK unit is open on the ends, providing even more shelf storage underneath! And it’s all the same color, making the hack very unnoticeable if you have the bed placed somewhere where people could see the headboard supports. I got the idea from this original post, so thank you!!

    • Joy says:

      Thanks Amanda! I loved your idea, it was exactly what I was looking for and I’m totally gonna use it.

    • Anne says:

      Hi, Meredith, I really liked your idea and would love to try it out but I wonder, what size is your headboard? I have the largest one and I’m a little unsure the lack tv unit would fit under. Do you have some pics, would love to see how it looks.

  3. Morgan says:

    I tried doing this with some old (non-IKEA) table legs I had and unfortunately the screws just tore through the press board on one side. The other side held up, though, so I’m thinking I’ll just cut and paint some 2×4 to match and stick it under the other side. Great hack!

  4. Jessica Holly says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, Jules! Having to repair the holes in the wall never bothered me much, but it’s so nice to be able to rearrange easily. This was easy to do and super helpful! :)

  5. Jessica says:

    I bought this headboard for the extra storage space along with the matching bed frame. I love them together, but due to the thickness of my mattress and box springs I only about 11 inches of the headbored exposed. Does anybody have any ideas on adding heights to the headboard to make it taller?

  6. Will says:

    I just had IKEA send me a replacement BRIMNES headboard because the first was damaged and didn’t want to take it back. So I hate the idea of tacking it to the wall, anyone think that it would be possible to join the two or help me come up with creative ideas for the extra?

  7. Bricolando says:

    This is an excelent idea. I have the headboard still in the box because I don’t want to drill the wall. I own my house but when I try to make a hole in the walls I get a crater :) So this will solve my problem. Thank you.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I had the same problem, but instead of adding legs I rotated the shelves during assembly (they sit 1/2″ off the ground) then used the center support board (cut in half) under the shelves. In this case the top shelf is about 1ft lower, but that was fine for me and I didn’t lose any storage space. This allows the headboard to be freestanding.

  9. Henrik says:

    An alternative is to use Sultan support legs. You have to add a piece of wood due to the fact that the sultan leg is slightly to short. An ikea shelf will work. The good thing with this is that the support leg is adjustable in height, so no need to get the measurement exact.

    Yasmin, the headboard would fit around that pipework.

  10. Just wondering if you have measurements to hand… How high above the floor does the first wee shelf sit, and how deep are they? We’re thinking of getting the Brimnes with the headboard. But our bedroom has a set of pipework boxed-off along the front-facing wall of the house, which measures 8inches away from the wall and 9inches high. If the headboard can fit snugly above it we’ll be well chuffed! Much obliged for any help!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have this same headboard and you don’t even need to mount it to the wall. If you have the matching bed frame then it’s high enough to hold the unit against the wall. The unit also leans against the wall naturally. Ours has been fine for over a year now, including (mild) earthquakes.

  12. Cecilia says:

    LOL – I have the Brimnes headboard too in my rented flat. But I super-cheated as I rely on the weight of the bed to apply a horizontal force on the headboard and keep it upright!

    (and I love my Brimnes bed and headboard)

  13. Berit says:

    This is gorgeous! I also love the styling of bed linens you have done! I think I recall that grey stripe-y duvet cover from ikea as well (if so it is/was totally on my wish list! Hope they still make it!)

  14. Ikea Lover! says:

    This is a great idea for those of us who have limited space!

    I love how you made it very polished. Nice!

    dee :)

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