Hackers Help: Kura bed on top of Nordli single bed?

Dear IKEA Hackers,

I am looking to create a bunk bed for my two kids that would also incorporate some storage underneath and I was wondering if it would be possible to combine the Kura bed with the Nordli single bed frame at the bottom?

IKEA items:

IKEA KURA loft bed
KURA bed | IKEA.com
IKEA NORDLI single bed
NORDLI single bed | IKEA.com

Would I be able to simply attach it as it is or do you predict any complications / additional modifications would need to be made?

I hope someone can help.

Thank you!

~ by Eva (London, UK)


Hi Eva

The NORDLI single bed measures 202 cm in length and 92 cm wide.

The KURA is 209 cm long and 99 cm wide.

Not sure I read you right, but I’m assuming you want to slot the NORDLI bed into the space beneath the KURA bed? And not sit the KURA bed on top of NORDLI bed frame? Because the latter won’t work (due to different dimensions) and is probably pretty risky.

If it’s the former, you’ll need to head to IKEA with a tape measure. Get the inside dimensions of the hollow under the KURA loft bed and then the outer dimensions of the NORDLI. If it fits, bam! you’ve got it made. However, I foresee once you put the NORDLI beneath the KURA, the lower bunk will have very little head space. You would need to raise the KURA up with new legs, unless your kid doesn’t mind.

So, why not hack 2 KURA beds into a bunk bed with storage instead? Like the photo below. The drawers are MALM underbed storage boxes, set on wheels.

KURA Bunk bed with storage

It is a neater, more seamless solution. And better yet, the added bonus of 2 KURA beds costing less than a KURA + NORDLI bed.

Good luck on your hack.

Happy Hacking,



Jules Yap