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Published on October 1st, 2015 | by Chris Heider

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IKEA SEKTION Hack: Platform Bed DIY





This video shows you how to turn seven standard SEKTION kitchen cabinets from IKEA into a platform bed with storage underneath. It’s a perfect solution for anyone with limited closet or attic space.

The approximate cost of this project was $480, roughly broken down as follows:
$355 – Cabinets
$85 – Lumber
$40 – Paneling, carpet, knobs

I’ve had a number of questions about the specific cabinets used. Keep in mind, you can do this project with any brand or style as long as they are wall cabinets. For my cabinets, go to ikea.com and look at their SEKTION wall cabinets. The cabinet sizes are shown in the video at 0:34. I selected the cheapest doors (Häggeby white).

Platform Bed DIY from kitchen cabinets

NOTE: The smallest step is actually a TUTEMO open cabinet (IKEA article #802.783.53) laid on its side. This cabinet measures 9 x 14 3/4 x 15. It’s not the exact size shown in my design, but it’s the closest I could get.

The bed has been tested with three full-size adults and two dogs so I’m not worried about weight capacity. The “steps” are very strong and do not sag under my weight (and I’m a big guy). Really, don’t worry about weight.

Platform Bed DIY

If you live in a rented apartment and are worried about drilling holes in the walls, think hard about building this bed. If you can’t (or don’t want to) spackle holes before moving out, should you really be considering such an aggressive DIY project?? You can certainly adapt my design to be free-standing; just make sure it is well-supported underneath. Keep in mind that the entire structure will need to be disassembled to move (so don’t glue everything together!).

One minor detail that I omitted from the video: I installed four plastic furniture glides under every cabinet (one in each corner) to keep them off the floor by approximately 1/4″. These will prevent the cabinets from scratching the floor, and prevent the doors from rubbing on the floor. If you have carpeting, you may need to build up the cabinets even higher to prevent the doors from rubbing on the carpet.

IKEA SEKTION Platform Bed DIY

Several people have asked if this could be made free-standing so they don’t have to attach it to the wall. If you want to structurally incorporate the cabinets in the design, as I’ve done here, I recommend attaching it to the wall because the wall provides a huge amount of stability. If you want to build a bed like this without attaching it to the walls, start with a freestanding bed frame such as this and add the cabinets to enclose it.

~Chris~

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19 Responses to IKEA SEKTION Hack: Platform Bed DIY

  1. Ashley says:

    What are the measurement adjustments for using a king size mattress?I love this so much I wish I had a father to do/help me with this

  2. Julie S says:

    Looks great! Love the idea, anyone tried this with a twin mattress? I believe I have it worked out so it could work and still use the step feature as well.

  3. Chauntai says:

    What are the measurement adjustments for using a queen mattress? Would just need an extra cabinet?

  4. Blair says:

    Can you tell me what size planks you used for the bed support/ roof for the under storage? Thanks a lot

  5. Dean says:

    Any one found drawers that might for some of the units?

  6. Rob Pearson says:

    I am looking at putting this together and I have a couple of questions.

    1. For carpet – what would you recommend to get it farther off the floor.
    2. The YouTube Video description you talk about reinforcing the steps. I am having a hard time following what you are talking about there. Are you talking about a board that stretches across the step cabinets or just an extra piece of wood screwed up from underneath in each cabinet to make it that much thicker?

    • Chris Chris says:

      1. After screwing a section of cabinets together (before attaching the sections together at the corner), flip the assembly over and attach 1×3 or 2×3 (depending on thickness) across the bottom of the assembly – front and back.
      2. The cabinet tops are attached BETWEEN the cabinet sides so they won’t hold more than a small child or pet’s weight. I recommend adding an additional layer of plywood or melamine that spans the top AND SIDES of the cabinets.

      • Peggy says:

        Just wanted to follow up about this additional instruction. I did not see this referenced in the video. Chris, you mention attaching a 1 x 3 (or 2 x 3) along the bottom of the assembly – so this would raise the height of the whole structure? Could you also explain in a little more detail what you mean by adding an additional layer of plywood along the top and sides of the cabinets? Do you mean inserting plywood between cabinets before they are attached together? Thanks!

        • Chris Chris says:

          No there is nothing between the cabinets. I was referring to a spacer between the cabinets and the floor to raise them up if you have carpeting.

  7. Fleder says:

    Oh neat, that is what i am working on since i am planning on switching rooms for my bedroom. I already got the hardware and planned everything in sketchup but then ikea decided to discontinue the cabinets i was going to use, now i have to to everything from the start, since the new cabinets have other dimensions frown emoticon but thanks for the idea how i can make this whole bed studier with those planks. Good job!

  8. Peter says:

    OP may want to edit the original cost of the the cabinets. After looking them up and researching is totals out to $553, not $355.

    The Sektion wall cabinets he listed are $97.00/each. Needing 4 for the project, that totals out to $388.00

    Main Cabinets used – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29040675/#/S69040664

  9. Chris Chris says:

    Sure it could be made higher using taller cabinets or bookcases, but I probably wouldn’t use them structurally. I would support the bed with 2x4s first, and then attach the cabinets afterwards to enclose it. Going higher increases the risk of the structure sliding out from under the bed. I eliminate this risk by attaching all the cabinets together, especially the corner, so it forms a big L-shape structure. This way it can’t slide out.

  10. Carly says:

    I’m just curious if it is possible to raise the bed and get taller cabinets to increase the space underneath and not affect stability. I am planning on making a lounge for my twin teenage girls.

  11. Natalie says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m thinking of adapting this design for my own room, but just wondering if you think that lowering the frame (i.e. fixing it lower onto the back of the cabinets) would compromise the stability of the bed?

    • Chris Chris says:

      Lowering the mattress frame will not affect stability, but there are two downsides: (1) it makes it harder to change the sheets and (2) it reduces the storage space underneath.

  12. Riley says:

    Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing. :D

  13. Sandra says:

    It looks great and is not all that difficult to imitate ! Thank’s for that

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