I didn't have space for a double bed and storage so transformed two bargain IKEA Malm dressers, people say it’s genius | The Sun

A DIY pro has revealed how she didn’t have space in her room for a double bed and tonnes of storage, so decided to combine the two using bargain IKEA buys. 

Rather than compromising, Beth showed how she managed to create a raised double bed with drawers and eight shelves, using IKEA Malm dressers and Kallax shelving units as the base. 

Now people are rushing to praise her idea – and vowing to give the budget DIY a go themselves. 

Beth said: “I had been seeing this hack everywhere to build your own IKEA bed out of the IKEA Malm drawers, so I decided to give it a go.

“First thing I did was plan it to scale on Photoshop. This is so I knew exactly what size wood I needed to buy when I got to B&Q.

“So off I went to B&Q, and I chose what that was about 1cm thick.


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“Now I do actually recommend getting thicker than that. I think in retrospect I could have done better, but it's fine.

“I got it all cut to size and then I went to IKEA to buy some bits of furniture, and everything else I managed to get on Facebook Marketplace."

She added: “Then I managed to drag all the furniture into my new bedroom and this is where we left off after day one.”

In another reel, the savvy DIYer explained what she did next, first tackling the flat-pack furniture she’d picked up from the Swedish homeware store. 

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She continued: “I started off by building some of the IKEA furniture that I bought. 

“I actually love building flat-pack furniture, it's so therapeutic.

“And then before you knew it, it was completely finished. And then the next step was to start putting everything together in the room.

“Now, this step was quite stressful because getting everything lined up exactly how it should be took me forever because it had to be perfectly right to fit all the bits of wood on that I bought.

“But I eventually got there and then the idea, the vision started coming to life.

“The idea with this bed is that you can crawl in and it's got these tunnels and I can store loads of things on these shelves.

“So the next step was to get all the wood off the top and start to paint it.

“I don't know if this was a completely necessary step, but I thought, since I wanted it all to look kind of built-in and like one piece, it would make sense to paint it all.

“I touched up some of the furniture I bought and then I put it all together with the painted wood once it had dried.”

She also shared a glimpse at the finished result, revealing how she placed the two sets of Malm drawers side-by-side to act as the base, before placing the Kallax units inside to hold up the mattress.  

Beth also explained how much the entire project cost her, claiming that the Malm units were a bargain from Facebook Marketplace, both costing her just £60. 

Her two Kallax units were priced at £35 each, and the sheet of wood placed over the top set her back just £30. 

Her paint supplies were just £10, and her brand new mattress another £140. 

Shoppers can pick up the same IKEA Malm units online and in-store, with prices starting at £99. 

Fans loved her savvy hack, with the step-by-step tutorial gaining more than 78,800 likes and 1.2 million views. 

Known online as @miss_bethx, the content creator regularly shares life updates with her 2,700 followers. 

In the comments, TikTokkers shared their thoughts, with one writing: “OMG ITS SO GOOD.”

“i think you should add some LEDS just underneath the rim of the top of the draws it would be such a vibe,” suggested another. 

A third put: “1000% doing this if we can, so handy & so much storage.”

Although not all were convinced her DIY bed would last, with another adding: “Yeah, did that and crashed it. Nice to sleep on but not for other activities….”

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