Loft beds using IKEA KRITTER kid’s beds

I just wanted to share an IKEA bed hack that can help people with limited space and want to re-use KRITTER type of kid’s beds for making loft beds.

We had 2 KRITTER beds from IKEA. And my 2 daughters needed space for their study tables. We didn’t want to buy new loft beds and the KRITTER beds were still in good condition. My idea was to make 2 loft beds with space below. The plan was to install a table on top of 2 STUVA drawers to create two sets of study desk with storage.

Materials needed:

  • IKEA KRITTER beds x 2
  • STUVA frame with drawers x 4
  • Laminated wood boards (white, 25mm thick)
The messy BEFORE. Space was tight

Related: Hack a KRALLAX, a toddler mid-sleeper bed

How we made the IKEA KRITTER kids beds into loft beds

First, I purchased some 25mm thickness laminated boards and copied the same holes as the boards that the KRITTER beds have. We then attached the KRITTER bed base onto these boards, instead of its original headboard and legs.

Loft beds using IKEA KRITTER kid's beds
AFTER! Study tables tucked neatly beneath the elevated KRITTER beds

Then, I reinforced the bed using lateral stiffeners. This way the beds were strong enough. But the addition of some lateral buffers from wall-to-wall made the beds really stable.

Related: Doubling the single KRITTER beds into bunk beds

I used 4 STUVA drawers and placed 2 table tops on top of them.

Loft beds using IKEA KRITTER kid's beds

With the leftover bits of the table tops, I made some the ladder. The ladder is fastened to the center where the two beds meet and serves as a kind of separation.

My daughters’ room is now so much functional with individual spaces for sleep and desks for study. There’s also more space for play etc. Best thing, mess is now gone! (At least long enough for me to snap this picture.)

~ by Aitor