This DIY IKEA bed is a genius solution for small box bedrooms

The whole thing cost just £160

As someone who spent their childhood in a box room, I know first-hand the difficulties of creating a child-friendly room complete with storage. (I'm still waiting on that bunk bed with a slide that Mum said wouldn't fit in my room.)

I was blown away by this colourful DIY IKEA bed with storage – and hideout!

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Crafty parent duo, Kelly Rolls and Daniel Birch created this DIY IKEA bed with storage for their daughter’s small box bedroom, after they struggled to find something similar on a budget.

‘Extra small beds with storage underneath that looked nice were coming in around £400 to £500, some without even a mattress,’ says Kelly Rolls.

bed with storage

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kelly Rolls)

The mum from Romford, Essex, posted the bed in the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK. The post clocked up 7.1K likes and 1K comments including:

‘Well done, it looks superb’

‘I need to do this for my son! His room is too small and they’re too expensive really…never thought of building one. Amazing.’

How to make a DIY IKEA bed with storage

‘I had seen some similar projects like this on Pinterest and my partner thought he would give it a go,’ explains Kelly.

base of the bed was created using two ikea kallax shelves

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kelly Rolls)

The base of the bed was created using two IKEA Kallax shelves which come in at £25 each and  batten used to fix them to the wall. To finish off the base the pair used an MDF base which they made cuts in for airflow.

DRÖNA boxes in different colours, costing £3 each were slotted into the shelves to create colourful drawers for their daughter to store clothes and toys.

drona boxes slotted into the shelves to create colourful drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kelly Rolls)

So that there daughter’s little legs could reach the platform bed, Daniel created a ladder out of a steel wardrobe-hanging rail and some spare wood. The ladder was attached to a rail so it can be moved back and forth to access all the storage.

To add a little something special to the bed, the pair created a gorgeous rainbow over it using some tester pots of paint and frog tape they picked up for £12 altogether. ‘Our daughter loves rainbows hence the design,’ Kelly explains.

‘The rainbow wall stickers we had seen were coming in about £60. Daniel is very talented and saved us a lot of money doing it himself,’ she adds.

rainbow bedding with ladder out of a steel wardrobe hanging rail and some spare wood

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kelly Rolls)

The bed was finished off with a mattress the pair picked up in a sale and rainbow bedding from Dunelm. The couple also included a bed guard so they wouldn’t have to worry about their daughter tumbling out in the night, and  fairy lights under the bed to create a little hideout.

‘Our daughter is extremely happy. The only downside is our other daughter wants a new bedroom now too,’ Kelly says.

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The whole project came to £160. Will you be giving this IKEA hack a go?

If you do we'd love to see the results.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.