Beds 07

Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Gisela Vidallé


KURA Little Forest House


Challenging the limits of a pre-defined object, I studied its construction system, its vulnerabilities and material language to alter it looking for another use, not documented or anticipated in the original proposal.

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With a playful catalyst, I altered the structure extending the construction system and wrapped it in MDF with wood veneer, creating a LITTLE FOREST HOUSE with two spaces for play and relaxation for the child.
The “house” has two levels and it can be adapted to the different needs of the child as she or he grows. In this case, I proposed to use the top as a bed and the bottom as a play or entertainment area that can be experienced as a playhouse, with mini-doors and mini-windows, or as a music or reading area that the child and adult can enjoy together.

Updated 17 Jan 2015

Gisela sent us more photos and also the plan. Yay! ~ Jules

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Download the plan here.

IKEA GORM with doors
Monster’s (eye)Ball

The Author

Gisela Vidallé

41 Responses to KURA Little Forest House

  1. NIcole says:

    LOVE THIS!!! ANy idea where I can get a similar MDF panel?

  2. Nicole says:

    I love this!!! GREAT JOB! I’ve searched all over for a similar MDF panel and have not been able to find anything. Any suggestions?

  3. Charlotte says:

    Dear Gisella,

    What a wonderfull minimalist design.
    Could I also receive the plans? I would like to build this for my 5 year old son. Like many of the others, I too looked for a bed for quite a while but did not come across something so nice.

    Thanks, Charlotte

  4. Shrabastee says:

    This is amazing! Would love to build one for my little boy. Would you be able to send me the plans?

  5. tirza says:

    dear gisela,
    you re brilliant! just bought the ikea kura second handed to build the forrest house. as a single mum i must be capable of builing this great hack in our new home to make the kids feel at there plan for the wooden skeleton? hope to hear or see how i can construct this base…what a beautiful house.
    hope to hear from you tirza ( nl)

  6. Manuel Canestrini says:

    Being an architect and interior designer myself I love this idea and execution!


  7. dalila says:

    it is unique, it is wonderfull, C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S Gisela !!!!!!!!!!! (from Argentina)

  8. Evan Douglis says:

    Wonderful design! With this miniature house, you’ve also brought a sense of magic into the life of kids around the world! Congratulations!

  9. Mandy says:

    Great work! My kids would love it!
    May I ask you kindly for the plans of that beautiful forest house?
    Many thanks and kind regards, Mandy

  10. Laura Kranenburg says:

    Very nice house! could you send me the plans too? thank you very much

  11. Marie-Pierre says:

    Hi Gisela,

    It is so nice, and I join the list …: may I ask you if you can send me the plans too ?
    Thanks a lot,
    Have a nice evening,


  12. Karibou says:

    Oh pleaaaaaase can you give us the plans???? Thank you!

  13. Tanya says:

    I’ve been looking for a bed for my nearly 3 year old and I think I have just found it. I cannot seem to find anything different down here in Tasmania. Could you please send me the plans, thanks heaps!

  14. Kristen says:

    Amazing! My 4 yr old currently has this bed sitting upstairs – she would love this! Could I possibly get the plans? Thank you very much.

  15. Karen says:

    Love the minimalist design, beautiful! Could I please get the plans too? Thank you.

  16. 20100 says:

    Hi Gisela,
    Great hack! Could you send me the plans? Many thanks,

  17. Kelly Hanneman says:

    I’d love the plans too! Please send

  18. loren says:

    Hi. This is amazing!!! I really wish I could have one for my babies room. I was wondering if you could send me the plans also.

  19. Abby says:

    My son would love this. Could I please have the plans?
    Abby :)

  20. John says:

    Hi Gisela,

    I tried to reply earlier but it didn’t seem to work. I just wanted to say you’ve created a lovely bed and I would like to a variation of it for my 4 year old daughter. I’d love to get copies of the plans as well or any information you’d be willing to share. Thank you.

  21. Ronald says:


    I would love the plans to, my little girl would love to have a little bed “house” like that :-)

  22. jo kempe says:

    Hi Gisela,

    We are looking for something like this and our little girl turns 4 in two months (she wants a big girls bed) could i get some info and plans as well? Thanks in advance, and great job!!!

  23. Kaibou says:

    Hello, bravo for your wonderful work!! !!!! My little girl has 5 years and she dreams of a bed house like your little forest house! Is it possible to get the plans so we can build it?
    Many thanks in advance !

  24. Luise says:


    I judt saw the little forest house abd showed the pics to my 4years old daughter Clara and my 9year old daughter Marie. They both fell in love with the tiny house and asked me if they can have one, too. Is it possible to get the plans so I can build it?

    Thanks in advance


  25. Carl Duggan says:

    beautiful design. very impressive.
    I’m a little confused, though. Did you make two versions or is one a mock up?
    In all the photos except the finished piece in situ, the new “ladder” holes appear to be cut into the long side of the bed. In what seems the finished bed in a bedroom, the holes are cut into short end.

  26. Esther says:


    How much extra (apart from the 199 for the bed) did you spend?

  27. utz says:

    How did you connect the roof beams? Just screws?

  28. Francesca says:

    I have a small question: can you get to the second level from inside the “house”?

    • Dear Utz, I did use screws and glue. But the outer MDF skin also makes the whole structure very sturdy.

    • gisela says:

      Francesca, No, is not possible to get to the second level from inside the house. There is a small ladder cut-out from the MDF envelope to climb to the upper level (see pic of the room).

  29. michela says:

    WOW !

  30. MellyTattz MellyTattz says:

    Fantastic! Makes me miss having little ones running around my house

  31. Jason says:

    This is above and beyond. Wonderful work.

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