Hackers Help: KURA bed side panels necessary in low position?

KURA bed storage

Hi!  Can anyone tell me if the side panels on the KURA bed are structurally necessary in the low position?  We’d love to leave them off to keep storage space underneath.  Thanks in advance!

Photo: IKEA.com



Looking at the assembly instructions, the side panels do not appear to be load bearing or used to secure the beams together. The side panels are slotted into the grooves along the beams, so it may be possible to omit them. That said, without the side panels there may be a slight wobble.

KURA bed storage

I’ve seen hacks where drawers are added to the KURA. Here are two to get your creative juices flowing.

Kura with underbed storage

Kiki and Zoe created the space under the KURA bunk bed structure for two drawers with MALM drawers on wheels. See more here.

Kura with underbed storage

A KURA bunk bed with a line of drawers under the bed.

Hope that helps.

Happy hacking!