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Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Half a loft bed

Materials: 3 x MALM with 3 drawer; 4 x Expedit 2×2

Description: Unfortunately, the bedroom in our new apartment is a bit small. To gain more storage space, we have set up our bed to MALM dressers and Expedit shelves.

First of all drawers and shelves are built according to instructions, and positioned as desired:

All pieces were connected via screws so that they can no longer move as single items.

There are differences in height between Malm and Expedit. With some boards we have cleared these:

The mattresses and bed is finished with a solid wood frame, so they can not slip off accidentally.

~ Thorsten, Cologne; Germany

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15 Responses to Half a loft bed

  1. TVVT says:

    I’ve tried something similar, it works great:

  2. Elisabeth says:

    Hi! I gave a question about the weight. How many kilos can this bed hold? I have some thoughts about the middle empty part. Thanks for your help!

  3. Tamara says:

    The malm dresser is now called Kullen, and the expedit is Kallax.

  4. Charles says:

    Hi Do you know the name of the model of the old Ikea bed you used?

  5. Roxtaf says:

    I sleep one one such contraption nightly since i made one for my wife and i.
    For the top of the bed i reused bedframe parts from an ikea bed we had before, and mounted it on a bedframe made of plywood. If therefore has a central bridge made to handle the weight so that issue never entered my mind.
    Our bed is made with 6 MALM. 4 with 3 drawers in the corners and 2 with 2 drawers in the middle. Initially pulled out a bit to act as a step on the way up.
    We found over time that the step up was a bit to high, and having small kids in need of night attention did not work wonders for getting in and out of the bed at night. So what i ended up doing was cutting the bed down to size with the 2 drawer MALK which really made us alot happier about getting in and out of the bed at odd hours.
    Overall i can wouch for this bed, it has a nice amount of storage in the drawers, and for rarely used stuff the center is also nice storage. Our bed is open at the end for ease of acces

  6. SarahBeth says:

    What size bed is this for?

  7. DanZi says:

    IKEA’s webpage says MALM is 78 cm tall, and the Expedite pieces are 79. The difference in your ipctures seems a lot more… around 2,5 cm.

    I really really love this hack, but as others, I’d probably put a support in the middle as well.

    Or put support in the middle AND in the back – that faces the wall. That Expedite pieces seems quite a waste.

    • Roxtaf says:

      If i am looking at the middle of the bedframe right, it seems easily strong enough for most commom bedroom activities, including the more active kind

  8. Alicia Pitts says:

    what size bed is that for a queen?

  9. Anonymous says:

    i would like to see the finished set up, with mattress and bedding, do you need stools or steps to get in?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Ich würde gerne wissen wie du die beiden Lattenroste in der Mitte verbunden hast. Nur mit dem einen Expetit oben? Das erscheint mir etwas “unsicher” wenn Mann und Frau im Bett “toben”. Wir haben zwei einzelne Lattenroste. Ich finde die Idee wirklich super nur das macht mir doch ein wenig Sorgen. Ich werd wohl da noch eine Stütze in der Mitte installieren.

  11. PillePalle says:

    Super Idee, vielen Dank für die Inspiration und Anleitung!

  12. Anonymous says:

    There are a good number of pieces there, so you might be okay, but I’d be a little worried since those units were not designed to carry that kind of load.

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