Beds Mydal Hack

Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by carlo


Mydal bunk bed hack: added height, shelf and Malm drawers

mydal bunk (964 x 1546)

There is no perfect bunk bed for any room. Each room brings its own set of restrictions, and each person has his own requirements.

So did we. We have high ceilings and wanted to take advantage of just that. But space was still restriction.

So the solution was to pick a Mydal bunk bed, fit four new (and reinforced) feet with increased height, create a shelf beneath it and allow for a Malm drawer to be use underneath it.

The original bunk is


Original Bunk Bed

We got 4 new feet with 2400mm. They were later cut to 2080mm. So an added 320mm were added to the original height of 1700mm

The chosen section was carefully selected to match the old feet width, but with larger depth. So a 44×68 mm was chosen instead of the original 25x68mm.

So here is the first trick: you need to be careful to mark your  holes so that each corner is correctly aligned.

I don’t have photos of the drilling itself, but here are some from the assembled structure


Detail 1


Detail 2


Detail 3

So this was the first step result:


First Step

You can note the “fence”, that is actually a reuse from a Sniglar cot.

It was always our intention to include a bed-depth shelf and some underneath drawers.

So we created a structure with one 2000x60x21mm (front), one 2000x100x21mm (back), two 2000x25x21  and used four 500x900x15mm boards. We realized that we should have prepared it right from the start. Live and learn.

So the first part was to attach the basis for the shelf:


This picture Detail 4 and Detail 4.1 shows the back stand. You can see that the board stands are 18mm lower than the top edge of the back stand. This will create a perfect fitting, as it can be seen later on. The next picture Detail 5 shows another perspective.


The picture Detail 6 and Detail 6.1 shows the front stand being assembled. The fact that this was a later assembly led us to use a different method to match the screw. I can later add mechanical details on the used screws.


The next set of photos shows an assembled shelf and how the Malm drawers work.

Detail 7Detail 8Detail 9Detail 10Detail 11

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We still though that we need some sort of head and feet stands to increase security,

so we added it: Feet Stand.


As always special care is necessary to where the new screws will end up. Or it might happen that they fall on top of existing ones.

In the end we got what exactly what we wanted, with nice finishing details and added functionality.

mydal bunk (964 x 1546)

Sideboard Turned Ironing Table
Besta Based Credenza

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5 Responses to Mydal bunk bed hack: added height, shelf and Malm drawers

  1. Matthew says:

    Hi, can you clarify a couple of things for me? aid the original height was 1700mm, which translates to 170 cm and then again to roughly 5’6″, but the height of the Mydal listed on Ikea is 61&3/4″ which is just under 5’2″. So, is 1700 a typo? I need to know as our closest Ikea is a little over 9 hours away and height is important for me to decide if I get this bed and add length or if I have to look at other options.

    • Carlo Marques says:

      Hello Matthew,

      You are correct! The IKEA Mydal states height: 157 cm (61 3/4 “). So, a typo. I will try to correct the post.
      Still this is a stronger argument to add height.
      I cannot stress this enough: the hole drilling is tricky. Pay attention to it.

      9 hours is rough. We do not have those distances in Portugal.

      Feel free to request further data.

  2. Road Runner says:

    “We got 4 new feet with 2400mm. They were later cut to 2080mm.”

    Carlo – you bought these new feet from a lumber yard or from Ikea?


    • Carlo Marques says:

      I bought it from a lumber yard. And the extra lengthy screws were also bought from a general hardware store. I calculated the extra length necessary and got a goo match.
      I cannot stress enough to take special attention on how these feet have their holes done. And depending on you final assembly position you might not need to do all of them.
      Good luck!

  3. carlo says:

    Thanks for the comments!

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