Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Malm on the rise…

Materials: Malm bed frame, 4″x2″ pine, 2″x2″ pine, coach bolts

Description: When I lived at my old place I had loads of room to hide junk so didn’t need underbed storage and I liked the Malm bed frame because it was low.

But when I moved I found myself short of storage space and contemplating buying another bed so I could store stuff under it.

Instead I paid £25 for materials and set to work to lift the Malm from ground by 7″.

I started off by building the new frame by cutting the 2×2 to the length and width of the bed. Then I mortise and tenon the long piece to the centre of the two short pieces, to create a large I that the bed would sit on. I did this because I thought it would have a degree of rigidity. So far I haven’t seen need!

Next I cut 4 pieces of the 4×2, 5″ long, and coach bolted these to the corners of the I frame. I recessed the bolt heads so the bed could sit flush on the I frame. I also used dowels to stop the legs from swivelling, so you had two dowels and a coach bolt holding the legs to the frame. Very Sturdy!

With the bed up ended on the headboard, I aligned the I frame to bed and attached it using more coach bolts. Two to the headboard, two on the footboard. Again I recessed these bolts but this time for neatness.

And then I landed her on her four new feet! I was going to stain it to match the bed but I rather like the two-tone look!And the beauty is, if I want to bring her back down to earth, I can just unbolt the I frame and there is no scarring!

~ Nikki

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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".

5 Responses to Malm on the rise…

  1. QC QC says:

    This looks really great– best way to raise a Malm without spending a ton of money I’ve seen yet. Question, though– how well has it held up? Especially if you have a lot of people on the bed at one time or people flopping all over it (I live in a studio apartment so my bed is my couch too, so it sees a lot of movement).

  2. Nady says:

    Where on the Malm did you attach the “I” frame with the coach bolts? I desperately need to raise my malm!

    • Nikki says:

      Sorry, I’ve only just seen this.

      The bolts for the I-frame were bolted into the headboard and footboard, two bolts a piece, about a foot from each end.

  3. IKEA dude says:

    If anyone is interested in buying an IKEA bedframe and you don’t know what parts are needed, please check out my website:

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this hack, I have the same bed frame and I need under bed storage badly

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