My grandson is obsessed with trash trucks. He, along with his little brother, was ready for the Ikea Kura loft bed. It would save them some space in their shared room.
So, I decided to try and turn the bed into something that looked like a trash truck.
While I’ve seen other trash truck beds, this fit the room, and more importantly, the budget!
First, I assembled the bed in the loft configuration. I left out the one white panel to create a ‘windshield’.
I added 1/2″ particle board ($17) for the side panel. Cut the holes for the ladder steps and center hole with a jig saw. Painted it and added some vinyl decals. Used the original hardware to attach as well as a few wood screws spaced around to keep it secure.
Added two 2×4 markerboard ($10 ea) cut to fit the ‘front’ of the truck. This gave me a smooth surface to apply the decals.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.