Bedroom singlebed

Published on September 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Single Bed

Materials: 2 EXPEDIT shelf units 5×1, 1x Sultan Lade 90cm, 3 purple SKUBB boxes, non-slip under carpet material
Description: I saw quite a few double bed hacks using Expedit units here, but no single bed (90cm wide), so I thought I should submit my hack for this.

To start with, put the two units on the floor next to each other, making them 90cm wide – leaving an approx. 12cm gap in the middle. Cut some non-slip under-carpet material and place it onto the units so the slatted base won’t slip around too much.

Place the Sultan Lade slatted bed base on top. You need to cut one slat off the end since it’s meant for a 200cm bed and the Expedit base is only 185cm, and secure the top and bottom slat with 4 screws each. I also put 4 screws in a couple of other slats, but the screws don’t hold too well because the sides of the Expedit units are hollow inside (the two end bits are not) – might work putting raw plugs in though. Finish by sticking felt pads over each screw head (unless you use screws that end up flush with the wood) to protect your mattress.

Finally, put your mattress on top and enjoy storing all your sh*t under the bed as you see fit. I did this using a 3-pack of purple SKUBB boxes.

Alternatively, if you have stuff that you don’t need access to often, you could store everything at the back of the bed, and make the Expedit unit at the front of the bed into 5 separate cubby holes or beds for cats. ;)
~ Barbarella a.k.a. The Mad Cat Lady, Lanzarote


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Jules Yap

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37 Responses to Expedit Single Bed

  1. PeggySue says:

    as for the last entry…I also had a wider bed in mind for the “pet cubbies”. :)

  2. PeggySue says:

    If this is too short; I would just add some depth with the headboard and bring down finishing boards to the floor to cover any gaps. Also, if this is secured to the slats; you can make use of wheels so that you can access the back or the other side of the bed. If this is truly an animal lover with many babies (small pets), try turning the shelves inward to give them cubbies; leaving an entrance in the bottom so that it can be accessed and cleaned. As for what to do with your box spring: donating would be one thing to do. Happy hacking. :)

  3. Antoinette says:

    The Kallax (new expedit) is only 147cm! (4×1 instead of 5×1) Not sure if this will work with Kallax system but might try it anyway and get a custom cut foam mattress…

  4. Cheri says:

    Where do I find the shelves????? Look on ikea website couldn’t find them!!!!!!!

  5. dee says:

    wondering if it might be strong enough to sleep an adult man 165 lbs…whose 65 pound dog sleeps with him.

  6. darsparx darsparx says:

    So just screws in the corner are enough to hold it in place(and what length do you use for it?)? Also makes me think of a reason to keep my dust ruffle(though I will have to replace the headboard just for my sanity-sake. At least someone finally helped me find the right size version of this to help me clean up some clutter in my room

  7. We did it! And we LOVE it. Thanks for the idea. Here are pics of what ours looks like. (We made it so our son can access both sides.

  8. Melissa Carmen says:

    Can I still use my box spring if I do this? If not what do I do with it?

  9. Hi Patrick, I don´t think it needs basic skills at all. All it takes it putting it all together. And a bit of imagination. ;)

    You could actually leave out the step of securing the slat base with screws because the weight of the mattress (and the person on it) will hold this in place anyway. However, it will just give it extra support, it´s not necessary though.

  10. By looking at the above information it really looks easy to build something like this but it sure requires basic skills, if you are not that type of person you can buy cheap beds from garage sales.

  11. Anonymous says:

    was wondering does the bed move around alot since it has no sides?

    • Do you mean the mattress? If that´s what you mean, *no* it doesn´t move around much because of its weight, plus the weight of a person on top of it during the night. However, it is nice and easy to move it when you want to change the sheets or turn over the mattress….

  12. David says:

    I’m wondering if this could be done adding a spine to attach the slats to that would take up the 12cm(approx 4.5in) gap so you don’t need to screw into the EXPEDIT shelves?

    Would the friction of the non slip carpet mat be enough to keep the slats in place, with the “Spine” to keep the slats aligned between the bed? Maybe cut the removed slat to width, cut in half and screw it to the top and bottom 3 slats to keep stuff aligned?

    I want to reuse the bookshelves when my kids leave.


  13. Kamianta says:

    Easy and nice. Connect 2 boxes together and you can use all space under bed even without moving it away from the wall.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I’m betting you can access the stuff in the further away area– you just have to reach through the first bookshelf. I think it’s very clean. And, as far as the length of a twin bed versus the length of an expedit, the difference is 3″. That’s easily doable with an insert or something at the foot or end of the bed. We’re not talking about a huge difference.

    Great idea, well done. To the naysayers — if you don’t like it, then don’t make this hack. And maybe ask a question before you assume the hack isn’t functional…

  16. Anonymous says:

    why would you want to do this? It actually gives less storage by making the other side impossible to access without removing the bed from the wall.

  17. Anonymous says:

    That is a very short bed.

    • Anonymous says:

      I was just looking up dimensions because I’ve been thinking of doing this myself. The standard size of a twin mattress is 75″, and these expedit shelves are 72 7/8″. I’m betting the 2 1/8″ overhang is probably not noticed too much. I’d love to hear opinions on that from anyone who’s made this bed!

    • Anonymous says:

      The ‘standard’ size of a twin (aka single) mattress varies by region. In the UK and Northern Europe it’s 200 cm (king-length), but in Southern Europe you can get both 190 cm and 200 cm mattresses. I’d think a 15 cm overhang is a bit too much, but 5 cm is probably no biggie.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ah yes, missed the Lanzarote mention at the bottom. We sloppy giant from the north oversee these things…

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi. Maker of the bed here.

      Ah see, I didn´t buy an IKEA mattress because that would have been too long. I bought a standard 90x190cm mattress from somewhere else so the 5cm difference of the 185cm length of the Expedit shelves is not noticeable at all…

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