Bedroom Loft+bed_+finished+structure

Published on December 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ivar/Aspelund/Malm Loft Storage Bed

Materials: Ivar shelving system, Aspelund bed frame parts, Malm Chests

Description: The problem was a room that only fit the queen sized bed we have. The solution, building a bed out of Ivar shelving, our Aspelund bed frame, and Malm 6 drawer Chests to address both the lack of space and lack of storage.

Tools required:
Screwdrivers (philips and standard)
Ruler/straight edge
marking object
Safety glasses (that you actually wear while using the power tools)
hammer (very helpful)
circular saw

Items we purchased from Ikea specifically for this project:
2 Ivar shelves 17″x 12″
2 Ivar side unit 12″x 49″
4 Ivar shelves 33″x 20″
6 Ivar side units 20″x 49″
2 Observator cross brace 28″
2 Observator cross brace 39″

Items purchased previously from Ikea but used in this project:
Aspelund Bed frame
Skorva Midbeam
2 Sultan Lade (wood slats)
Sultan Queen size mattress

Items purchased from the hardware store:
Unfinished pine cut to 68″Lx 8″Hx 3/4″W
L brackets
Zip ties
Craft wood (pine) 3/8″ thick cut to fit the Ivar side unit dimensions
Items purchased from Craigslist:
4 Malm Chests with 6 drawers (color not important)

Regarding the zip ties… (NOT RECOMMENDED!!)
Note: Neither the author, her family, nor anyone associated in any way with her, recommends or condones using zip ties in a bed structure. (Even I am pushing for something sturdier.) It is HIGHLY recommended that, should you decide to construct or assemble a bed similar to the one featured, you consider a more sturdy solution to our use of the zip ties. Likewise, the author and such associated persons, etc. assume no responsibility whatsoever for any damage incurred as a result of constructing a similar structure. Attempt at your own risk!

Having washed my hands of that…
Here’s how we did it.

1. Cut down small wood to use as extensions for shelving

2. Glue small pieces of wood to bottom of Ivar supports.

3. Assemble Ivar shelves over Malm Chests

4. If your room is as small as ours, make sure to space the chests evenly so
so that drawers can be accessed.

5. Connect the 2 large sets of Ivar shelves on each side of where the bed will be.

6. Add the cross braces to the shelves (without Malm chests, in our case).

7. The 4 sets of shelves should be centered such that there is ample storage behind the Malms.

8. Assemble the smaller shelf sets.

9. Place the smaller shelves at the ends such that the back of the smaller shelves are against the sides of the larger ones.

10. Use the aforementioned zip ties to hold the smaller Ivar units to the larger ones. For any questions regarding the use of zip ties in this structure, please refer to the disclaimer above.

11. Cut the head/foot board to the correct length

12. Measure the wood for the holes (sides and center) so they match with the existing side frames (or use all new wood-probably easier).

13. Measure, measure, measure! Then mark, then measure again. Only after you are 100% sure, should you even consider drilling!!! Even then, you should probably still check again.

14. Once you have all the holes drilled, you can assemble the bed frame as if it were the original bed. Then secure it to the Ivar units with the L brackets. We used 6.

16. Lift the matress over the frame. Position the slats correctly in the support frame. Move mattress into position.

17. Create a stair/step system that fits your needs both in space and person. We have not yet found our solution yet, so we are currently using a regular ladder (see disclaimer).

18. You should probably put some sort of side rails up since the bed is so high. We have assembled the basic structure that works for us for the time being.

See more of the IVAR loft bed.

~ J. Yeh

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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".

8 Responses to Ivar/Aspelund/Malm Loft Storage Bed

  1. J Yeh says:

    By the way, the pictures on this site are not in order… see the Blog.

  2. J Yeh says:

    This is a “how-to” for the basic structure we built. At the moment, it is unfinished because we are searching for some parts. More pictures will be posted _when it is finished_. If you think you have a better solution, by all means, try it, but please keep your comments positive. We did our best for our situation.
    As for pictures, they will be disappointing at best because the room is so small that it is hard to get a good view of the whole structure.

    @ NonnyMus: No, the dressers open to the outsides of the bed. The area under the bed _will be_ for hanging and other storage.
    @ anonymous: It is unfinished at the moment. We are still searching for a 4th Malm chest, a hack for ascending/descending the bed, and a solution to piling clothes at the end of the bed. As for pictures, the room is so small that the first picture is about as good as it gets at the moment. Also, if you read the blog, you’d know that the tutorial is one post in a series. It is merely a “how we built our storage bed” post.
    @Stefan Friedhuber: The storage is in the Malm chests, some of which we have yet to purchase.
    @DoodleBean: The drawers have just enough room to be pulled out. It is a work in progress, and it is OUR solution to OUR storage problem.
    We have plaster walls and we rent, both of which make hanging shelves on the wall impractical. The only closet in the room is barely large enough for two people to stand in and provides attic access. So filling it up is pointless.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmm….not sure of this one, again pict of finished hack would help.
    in addition, i’ve used IVAR for years. They are quite solid in strength but tend to be a bit wobby usually so ….
    well… I guess as long you’re happy with it.
    Jerry, Belgium

  4. ?? Where is the storage?

    • Thomas says:

      Under the bed.

    • Doodle Bean says:

      That’s where it gets confusing. If the dressers/chests are the storage, whatever is in there is inaccessible because the drawers are facing the wall. If the open space is the storage space, you would have to unpack everything to get to anything at the far end or waste space with an aisle. And if you stored anything under the bed in any way, you’d have to duckwalk to get to it.

      The only useful storage I see are the shelves, another type of which could have been hung on the wall over the bed at much less expense and effort and without obscuring the window.

      It’s very confusing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Having read what’s written here and took a good long look at the info on your blog I still have no sense of what you built and why you built it. Seriously, the more I look at this the more confusing it becomes. Numerous pictures of the finished product might help.

  6. NonnyMus says:

    So, you duckwalk under the bed to access the dressers?

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