Bedroom The braces are for added security

Published on October 21st, 2013 | by cptn_cakes

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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.

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 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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19 Responses to How to raise the Malm bed (FINALLY)

  1. Amanda says:

    I have the old version of Fjellse (the one with the metal rods and not wood http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80185066/), 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?

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Elise says:

    Hi,

    Very interesting hack.
    Now that IKEA sells a “high” version of the Malm bed, they also offer some storage box on castors: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/80249539/
    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?

  5. Stephanie says:

    Just buy the “high” option from IKEA.

  6. Ashley says:

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

  7. Sherman Greene says:

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

  8. Sherman Greene says:

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. Jasmine says:

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

  12. 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!!
    http://imgur.com/tTEvhTk

  13. Ari says:

    Hi,

    I purchased a Malm Queen Storage Bed. http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20249877/#/40249881

    I’d like to raise it. Do you think it would be a good or bad idea to use these feet?
    http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10075660/#/30045144

    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?

    Thanks!!

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