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Published on October 21st, 2013 | by cptn_cakes


How to raise the Malm bed (FINALLY)

After reading through multiple ideas on how to successfully (and safely) raise the Malm bed; I came up with a viable and easy solution – and I wanted to share with everyone.

I had read a post about using 4 beams as leg supports for the bed, but that will NOT work long term as the weight of the Malm beds is distributed through the headboard and footboard. I also read a couple posts about using a LACK shelving unit as support, which to me seems dangerous and not very sturdy.

So, here’s what I did: I went to the local hardware store and purchased a standard 8′ long 4×4. I asked them to cut it down into 2 identical pieces measuring the exact width of the headboard and footboard (for my bed; which is a full size, each piece measured 59.5″). I took the pieces (and the 2 extra, shorter pieces leftover) home and quickly sanded them (nothing serious or time consuming, it was mainly to get any splinters off), primed and painted them white. My bed is the brown shade, which is nearly impossible to match with paint, so I went for contrast with the white. Once the paint was dry, I placed them under the headboard and footboard of the Malm bed.

The weight of the bed itself is enough to keep it secure on the 4×4′s, but for added support, I used 3″ mending plates on each end.

For added security but not necessary

And voila! The bed is now 8.5″ from the ground, which is perfect for standard storage containers.



  • 8′ long 4×4, cut down to width of headboard and footboard (cost: $11)
  • Paint primer – one coat should do the trick (I used Kilz spray primer / cost: $5.75)
  • Satin finish paint, color of choice (should only need a quart size can of paint / cost: $9.50)
  • Paint trim roller – 3″ or 4″ (you can get a kit for under $5.00 that includes a tray, like this one )
  • Mending plates – 3″ (I purchased these cost: $2.75)

Hope this is clear and helps everyone who was asking. It’s a much cheaper way to raise the Malm bed than having to buy a whole new bed! And I did everything by myself, it’s super easy.

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30 Responses to How to raise the Malm bed (FINALLY)

  1. gweloboy says:

    I am about to do this for my daughter.
    I am going to use a 2×4 screwed to a 2 x 6(t-shape) to make it a bit more stable. I may add an additional 2×4 to give a bit more height. I will use right angle brackets to hold it to the bed. The headboard pieces will be longer to accommodate the drawer on the side.

  2. Kait says:

    I realize this is quite an old post, however I figured i’d give this a shot!

    Ikea has discontinued the low version of this bed and I have purchased the high version. My mattress is quite thick and the whole ensemble is quite large and not quite the look I am going for. I was wondering if anyone would know how to lower the this bed (opposite to what this post instructs). Any ideas would be much appreciated!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hey I am hardware challenge if you had a video that’d be great or make them and sell them

  4. Ray says:

    A 4x4x 8 ft piece of wood is actually 3 1/2 x 3 1/2. When split down the middle the two pieces that remain are actually just less than 1 3/4 inches each. The headboard is 2 inches wide so we have a discrepancy of a 1/4 inch.
    Why not use a 2 x 4 x 8 ft piece?

    • Sean says:

      You’re not splitting it along the length. Yes, a 4 x 4 x 8 is actually 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 8, but you’re measuring and cutting such that the measurement of the board ends up being 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x [width of headboard], not 1 3/4 X 3 1/2 x 8 (the dimensions if you make the cut you’re talking about). Hope that helps.

  5. Michelle says:

    For those of you who have done this “ikea hack”, how has it held up over time?

  6. Axel says:

    Does anyone know the exact dimensions of the MALM storage boxes? I’d be interested to know the height, including the wheels, of the front board, the back board and, more importantly, the middle section.

    • Axel says:

      Just went to Ikea and checked: the MALM storage boxes are close to 20 cm tall in the middle, including the wheels. So make sure you raise the frame to at least that (unlike me…) Fortunately there are plenty of other under-bed storage solutions that can fit in my 18.5 cm.

  7. itisix itisix says:

    As cptn_cakes said, using feet is not the best option as the weight of the bed is distributed along the entire length of the headboard/foot board. To use feet, you would need to place a piece of timber (a large piece of timber) and then the feet.

  8. Ari says:


    I purchased a Malm Queen Storage Bed.

    I’d like to raise it. Do you think it would be a good or bad idea to use these feet?

    If so, what would be the best way to install them? I think I read that the bulk of the weight is being supported by the head and foot rests, so I guess on the inside of those?


  9. Nisha says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I wrapped the beams in fabric that matches my bedding, using spray adhesive, and screwed on a few brackets before putting the bed back together. Worked like a charm, can’t wait to go shopping for under-bed storage boxes!!

  10. Jasmine says:

    THANK YOU so much for talking in metric speak!! Now I think I stand a chance of getting this right!

  11. Wayne says:

    I just want to say a big thank you for your brilliant idea. I have just raised my Malm bed using 90x90mm (sorry, where I’m from it’s the metric system) dressed pine posts. I used right angle brackets hidden under the bed to connect them together and stained with a similar colour to the original black-brown (so close it’s difficult to tell the difference).
    I do like the design of the Malm bed, but the height (or lack thereof) was starting to annoy me. This has saved me the expense of purchasing a new bed, and has provided me with desperately needed under bed storage space.

    • Wayne says:

      Thought I would post an update regarding the raising of my Malm bed. I recently fractured my ankle, and had I not raised the bed I doubt that I would be able to use it.
      So without this hack I would have been in serious trouble right about now.

  12. Tonya says:

    This was absolutely wonderful! I used a 4X8 board (and definitely brace it with the extra height) and bought an 8″ floor board (cut to size by the nice gentlemen at the homedepot) and skipped the painting!

    Thanks so much for posting this, I now have usable storage under the bed!

  13. Sherman Greene says:

    What about putting the two pieces of wood together with liquid nails?

  14. Sherman Greene says:

    Thank you for this! I’m heading to the hardware store tomorrow!

  15. Ashley says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    We aren’t all made out of money.
    K. Thx. Luv ya. Bye

  16. Stephanie says:

    Just buy the “high” option from IKEA.

  17. Elise says:


    Very interesting hack.
    Now that IKEA sells a “high” version of the Malm bed, they also offer some storage box on castors:
    I’d love to have these as storage under my bed. But I have an “old fashion” low Malm bed like you, and I wonder if with your hack it’d be high enough to accomodate the Malm bed storage boxes?

    • Prashanth says:


      I’m in the same boat as you. I have a the “low” version of the Malm bed and I’m thinking about raising it to accommodate the storage boxes. Did you by any chance go through with the hack?


  18. Huhster says:

    Why the metal brackets? Just turn the bed frame over and drill holes to screw the new foot board to the rest of the bed, much safer and stronger solution, and saves you buying pointless metal brackets.

    • cptn_cakes cptn_cakes says:

      That was just an extra. Not really needed, but put them there just in case of a major quake or something along those lines. The bed is really heavy enough to sit on top of them comfortably

  19. Rob says:

    An 8 foot 4×4 is 96 inches long. How did you cut that into two pieces each 59.5 inches long? :)

    • Cherise says:

      ” I took the pieces (and the TWO extra, shorter pieces leftover)”

      • destiny215 says:

        Im confused also. you cant get 2 59.5in pieces out of 96in

        • Syl says:

          By using two 8-foot 4×4 maybe? Then you would have two lengths of 59.5″, and two shorter offcuts….

          • cptn_cakes cptn_cakes says:

            The metal brackets was just an extra. Not really needed, but put them there just in case of a major quake or something along those lines. The bed is really heavy enough to sit on top of them comfortably. I did this by myself (and on a tight budget) so I was making the most of it

  20. Amanda says:

    I have the old version of Fjellse (the one with the metal rods and not wood, and would LOVE to raise it up. I’ve had bed risers under it for as long as I can remember but I want it taller without the awkward black boxes under it. Any thoughts?

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