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Published on May 29th, 2015 | by IH guest


Kura Bed with Climbing Wall

Kura Bed with Climbing Wall

I built a first bed for my two year old son based on the Ikea Kura but featuring a climbing wall. The wall itself has evenly spaced holes drilled in it with T-Nuts installed so that I can make the route up easier or harder. The wall itself is fixed to the bed with four bolts.

I installed LED strip lighting underneath so that he can play under the bed and a light on the front that he can turn on and off himself. The wires are all fixed to the bed frame and plugs/sockets are not accessible.

The storage is Ikea Trofast which is exactly the right dimensions to fit neatly under the bed. It does however require some support in the middle to prevent it sagging.

Kura Children’s Bed
Trofast storage
18mm Beech Plywood
Beeswax Polish
Climbing Holds and Fixings from Customholds
LED Strip lighting (Amazon)
Nursery Wooden Wall Letters from Specialpressie (via Etsy)

Kids Bed Climbing Wall

2015-03-16 10.51.07



~ Eamonn Linehan

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21 Responses to Kura Bed with Climbing Wall

  1. Kinga says:

    Hi, how this work if child wake up in night and go to parents sleeping room or when child is sick and vomit?

  2. inga says:

    Hi! I just bought the bed and I would like to customize it a little bit – and I think your idea with the climbing wall ist really cool! Did you stabilize the bed additionally somehow? Or is it heavy enough to just screw the climbing wall onto it and the whole bed stands on its own? I would really like to know how you did it!

    Thank you for inspiring me and looking forward to your answer – Inga from Germany

  3. blake.fatherly says:

    Hey emonnilehan. I love this project. I am an editor at Fatherly, and I really feel it would connect with our readers. I would love to talk to you about featuring the bed climbing wall on our site. If you are interested, email me at [email protected]. Hope to hear from you!

  4. Janeth says:

    I love this idea!! I just purchased the bed for my son and i had purchased climbing holds but never got around to doing anything with it. I want to do add them to the side as well. Do you have a more in depth tutorial about that process? It’ll be the first time I take on a DIY this big. Any information would help!

  5. Mollance says:

    I was just wondering what support you put in for the trofast x

    • eamonnlinehan says:

      None initially but that was a mistake. The trofast unit will sag if its not supported. I had a piece of plywood left over from the climbing wall that I ended up putting under the trofast unit but you could also add a piece to the bed frame to support it.

  6. Jane says:

    Do you think I can do a climbing cargo wall instead of the climbing like this

    Thanks for your help!

  7. Kate says:

    I hacked this bed too its very easy I painted it her fav colors i didnt’ put a board on the back like this dad but I just screwed in the climbing things to the wood (not the white part) I also bought a slide and screwed it in so where this boys stairs are we have a slide.. mine doesn’t look as neatly finished as this guys but my daughter loves it

  8. Eoin says:

    Why can’t the brainwashed and paranoid just keep their sanctimonious comments about the way other people raise their children to themselves..?

    Eamonn, if you’re reading this, I think it’s a great idea, beautifully executed! As soon as I move to my new house, I will be buying the Kura and stealing your idea for my daughters – gasp, one of them is only 2!!

  9. Angelique says:

    This is a great idea. We are looking for the next bed for our daughter, and I think you just got it for us. I just need to get OH to do some DIY!
    May I ask which climbing holds you chose? I had a look on the site, and not sure which.

    As for age, I think it really depends on the kids. My daughter would have definitely been ready for such a bed at 2 year old. She was and is an confident climber.

  10. swapna says:

    What a fabulous idea!!! a bed, playground, play space all rolled into one!

  11. Daniela says:

    How high are your ceilings?

  12. mo says:

    Though I think it’s a cool idea for a 6 or 7 year old, this seems rather dangerous for a 2 year old. I held off getting this bed till my daughter was almost 6 because I didn’t want her sister who was almost 3 to be climbing up there at all.

    • Laura Perkins says:

      Agreed! Top bunk is not recommended for a child as young as 2 years old! We have that same bed and there is a warning label on it.

    • eamonnlinehan says:

      We had similar worries. I actually built the bed and had it in his room with his cot thinking I’d leave it a few months before moving him but he decided himself he wanted to sleep in the bed instead of his cot and was well able to get up and down the ladder himself. He has never fallen out

  13. Alexis Smith says:

    I like the idea. It’s not only bed but also they can play on it. Great!

  14. droidhack says:

    well done!

  15. s says:

    very nice. may I ask how you fixed the wires to the bedframe? and how you mounted the led-stripes? thanks.

  16. Stella says:

    How did you secure the bed to make it safe for children climbing and pulling?

    • eamonnlinehan says:

      Im not sure what you mean. There is no way a child could topple this bed. I climb in and out myself to read a story before bed. Its very sturdy.

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