Bedroom storagebed

Published on September 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Malmus Maximus: hacking MALMs and LERBÄCK into storage bed

Materials: several MALM dressers, lots of timber, mounting parts, glaze, optional: LERBÄCK slatted frame

Description: When I recently moved and needed a bed, I had these expectations: a lot of storage space underneath, preferring drawers because of the cleaner look and storage, and don’t lose space or drawers while placing the bed in a corner. Even when ignoring the prices I found nothing, but luckily I had been inspired by

When in search of drawers, the [smallest, 40 cm wide MALM] with two drawers was perfectly matching my idea in height, price, handle-free front and of course storage space.

But as I hadn’t wanted twelve small drawers, I also got two of the [80 cm wide MALMs]. As they have a minimum of 3 drawers, I had to cut one out. Both times I cut the lowest one to remove some previous owners’ defects. But apart from that I recommend cutting the top one, which is the easiest way, as you only have to fix the top again, e.g. with dowels and glue or fixing brackets, and you won’t get that small holes at the bottom I got.

I arranged the fully assembled MALMs on the beds accessible side and its foot end. With usual squared timber I build a framework leveled to the Malms top, on which the slatted frame will rest on the wall-facing sides. More details are shown in linked pics.

An all around border of nice glued laminated timber, in birch to match the MALMs, placed on top of the MALM/timber construction and later glazed uncolored twice, made a pretty rounding off and holds the latted frame and the mattress in place.

I used the left over drawers’ front parts to cut covers for any hole left.

Accessing storage
Originally I planned to lift the whole slatted frame while standing at the foot end and backing it on a slat. But while assembling my [SULTAN LERBACK], I figured an even better way: I mounted the foot end tilt adjustments a lot closer to the bearing, so I can erect the foot end to about 70 degrees easily and access the underneath space safely (at everyone’s own risk).

At the right foot end I couldn’t place another MALM with dressers because of a radiator, so I made a door of one MALM that was left, which gives a quick view at the underneath space. Weeks later I figured how to affix the removable door: via two magnetic cabinet door clamps. By the way, those two L-shaped angle brackets holding the small cover beside the door often come with IKEA shelves and is quite multifunctional.

It’s possible to step over the border behind the door to gain better access to stored items.

With about ninety Euros for the second hand MALMs, about the same for the timber plus a bit of hardware, I got a perfect bed for a very competitive price. In addition, I made three drawers for my desk from the materials left over.

See more photos of the Malm bed with storage.

~ Felix K., Hamburg

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Malmus Maximus: hacking MALMs and LERBÄCK into storage bed

  1. Melissa says:

    Felix, please be so kind as to email me… I would love to use part of your hack so that I can lift my bed to access storage underneath but I’m having a very difficult time figuring out how you constructed that part. Please email me… [email protected] thanks in advance! :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great work, photo album aint working ;0(

  3. Felix K. says:

    Thanks! I didn’t halve the 4 drawer Malms as you would loose the Malm’s foot part (which looks fine to me) and the top cover (which shields the drawers and makes it easy to affix the border construction on top), or you have to reinvent such. Also you need to modify the small Malms accordingly. And maybe you’ll miss spare parts (though you might go for the 5 drawers Malm for that). Have fun!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I really like your layout. I was thinking of doing something similar in my bedroom as well. I have one question though. Would it better to buy the 4 drawer MALMs and cut them in half to get 2-2 drawer MALMs? Although, it seems it was more cost effective to get the 3 drawer MALMs instead. What are your thoughts?

  5. codenamezero says:

    Your photo album doesn’t work

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