Beds ikea hack platform bed (800x530)

Published on March 26th, 2014 | by Melissa @ Love Bug Living


Ikea Expedit Platform Bed


ikea hack platform bed (800x530)

Materials: Expedit bookshelves x 2

You will need a piece of plywood, 2 4x4s, 2 2x4s, T brackets, screws and nails.  You will also need two Expedit bookcases.  My husband began by building the base out of 4×4 posts and 2×4′s to brace between them.  The height of the 4×4 posts was just a bit taller than the bookcases that were going to be slid next to them.  Cut a piece of plywood just an inch or two smaller than your mattress.  Center the plywood on top of your base and attach it with nails to your 4×4 posts.

After the base was complete, I wrapped black felt across the top of the plywood and wrapped it under to cover the bottom of the plywood as well.  I used a staple gun to keep it in place.  This will protect your mattress and also the bookcases you will slide under it.

The next step is to simply slide your Expedit bookcases under your plywood.  The base plus the bookcases really makes the bed quite sturdy.  We used a full size mattress on our platform bed, but I’m sure you could adjust this to fit a queen or twin (with one bookcase) as well.

See more of the Ikea Expedit Platform Bed.

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5 Responses to Ikea Expedit Platform Bed

  1. steve says:

    I did this with my queen bed except I used 4 expdits. I have 10 individual compartments each side of the bed, with one row behind the other. mostly I keep stuff there I rarely use. In fact i’m going to go look what I put there….

  2. Eric says:

    That looks like pressure treated wood. If so, that is absolutely not for use inside a house and should be replaced ASAP.

    • RP says:

      Actually pressure treated wood is completely safe indoors. The chemicals used in the past to pressure treat wood are either no longer in use or are at such significantly reduced levels that no out-gassing or treatment leaching occurs. In fact, it’s not uncommon to use pressure treated wood indoors in wet areas or with high risk of termite infestation.

  3. James says:

    I did a similar setup with a king sized bed. Instead of plywood and supports, I used 2×10′s to hold the mattress, then wrapped those in black fabric. They provide enough support for bed and 2 over six foot tall adults.

  4. Ostracon says:

    Nicely done.

    Since the purpose of the 2x4s is just to keep the 4x4s in place (not load bearing), one alternative that I think would clean it up a bit is to replace the 2×4 bracing with a piece of plywood cut to fit so that all legs are standing on it (screwed on from underneath). That would help somewhat in the case of occupants that are more [ahem] ample [ahem] to also disperse some of the weight of the mattress and occupants across a wider area (instead of just the area of the 4x4s). The plywood and 4x4s could be stained to match the black-brown of the Expedit, to give a more finished look if the area of the installation isn’t sufficient for a bench to cover the exposed wood.

    Sidenote: I contacted Ikea about the discontinued Exedit and they responded that they are coming out with an updated version of it, implementing some suggestions received though customer feedback. The updated version will receive a name change.

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