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