Bedroom

Published on July 5th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Besta Odda Loft Bed





Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: BESTA, ODDA, metal braces and L brackets + Trofast

Description: My daughter has always wanted a low loft bed for her room. I did a surprise room makeover for her while she was away at a one week sleep away camp.

At first I bought a low loft bed from Walmart and after finished assembling it, I realized how bad it looked in her room. My son who has an Odda bed (pix, right) offered to take the ugly Walmart loft and swap it with his bed.

Having only 2 days left to complete the surprise, I bought some Besta bookcases to make the base and turned the Odda bed into a loft bed.


First I assembled all the Besta bookcases and screwed them together with some metal braces and L brackets.

Then I assembled the Odda bed frame on top of the Besta base, and screwed them to the base with L brackets.

We had a safety bed rail lying around that we were no longer using, so I used it to make the side wall for the loft.

Final step is adding the Trofast shelves for the stairs.

I drew all of the pieces in 3D before heading to Ikea to buy all the items. Thanks to Ikea website that listed all product dimensions, all the pieces fit perfectly in the room.

My daughter loves her new room.

*Note* I know the Besta has an exposed back next to the stair. I’m planning to finish it with some fabric. I built this whole thing by myself in 2 nights. It was good enough for the surprise.

~ Lis Vesurai, California

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26 Responses to Besta Odda Loft Bed

  1. Andrea says:

    I like it, but I would have turned it the other way around, so she would have had a whole “wall” instead of the guard rail :)
    It would make it more like a little nook to crawl into :)

    Great idea though!

    • Anonymous says:

      It looks like that “wall” you’re talking about is all one piece that extends down below the bed as well. You can see where she connected it to the bookshelves at the back. So if it was turned around, that wall would have extended all the way down to the bookshelves, closing the loft in halfway. Unless she hacked the bed too, cutting that wall in half. But it probably adds support.

  2. Emily Miller says:

    Very nice – I would love to do something like this for my daughter when she is older (currently only 9 months – would not end well!!). Too bad about the gap between the stairs and the end of the bed.

    Also – I would not have put the opening up against the wall. I’m extremely claustrophobic and couldn’t imagine sleeping between a wall and the bedframe. I would just keep the guard up like you have it now.

  3. Very cool. I can see why she loved it. My kids would make a tent and hide out in the nook
    Underneath.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Where did you get that fun colorful stripe and polka dot bedding?

  5. marox79 says:

    Now you successfully hacked and prettified your daughter’s new bed, you can try and see what you can do with the ugly Walmart bed your son got.

  6. Lis Vesurai says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone :)

    I just lined the stairs with a non-slip drawer liner to make it safer.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looks great, though I think you missed an opportunity for additional storage. If you could have turned the steps into storage, I think this would be nearly perfect.

    • Lis Vesurai says:

      I was going to add castors under the steps but didn’t have time. Would be the locking type though.

      Her room is very small, I can’t arrange it any other way. It’s only 8’9″ x 9’2″. There a dresser and a desk on the opposite wall and I don’t want to block the window.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, that is small, but you did a lot with that space and it looks great.

  8. mydecoreview says:

    It looks too low. But that is your daughters choice.

    • Lis Vesurai says:

      She doesn’t want a high loft. Otherwise I would just get the Tromso and it would have been much easier to build :)

    • Anonymous says:

      We had a Tromso. Believe me, it was probably easier to build your very cool hack.

  9. Well done! This looks so fun and you did a fabulous job~

  10. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to your son, as well. That was a thoughtful gesture on his part.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Could you specify which types of Besta bookcases you used? I have looked at all of the different types on Ikea’s website but I’m unable to determine which ones you used here. It seems that you use 2 different types – the one against the back wall seems to have a greater depth than the two on either side.
    Anyhow, if you could specify that would be very helpful! I love the project and am thinking of using it in our small bayhouse for the kids – one loft bed setup on each side of the ‘staircase’

  12. This is very cool, we’re moving to a new house soon so my daughter may be getting a new bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Samantha says:

    First, I LOVE this! I wish I had something this cool growing up (didn’t even have IKEA then!). After reading all the disgusting and nasty comments about the loft bed in Greece (posted after this), I don’t want to cause problems…But I was wondering if the bookcases or the bed secured to the wall?

    • Lis Vesurai says:

      Thanks. The bed and bookcases are not secured to the wall, but they are secured to each other. As you can see in the step-by-step pictures. The bookcases are heavy enough to not tip over. The bed is then secured to the base with L-brackets.

  14. Archer says:

    What’s the bedguard/bed rail you used? I can’t seem to find one for platform beds…

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