4 years later: How I re-hacked this IKEA children’s bunk bed

mydal children's bunk bed with storage

Having successfully built a kid’s loft bed based on “this hack” in 2014 for my two sons it was time to rebuild the children’s bunk beds into something less bulky and with more storage space.

IKEA items used:
  • 1 MYDAL children’s bunk bed
  • 4 STUVA frames (60x50x64) with doors/drawers
  • 2 JANSJÖ clamp spotlights (optional)
  • 2 EKET wall-mounted shelving units (optional)
Other materials:
  • MDF-boards
  • Wooden beams
  • Paint

Reworking the old MYDAL children’s bunk bed into new

The challenge was to recycle some of the contents of the old hack. So I removed the MDF boards and one of the MYDAL bunk beds. I used the remaining bed for the new hack. Of course, the hack can also be built from scratch.

Inspired by a photograph on Pinterest I placed the STUVA frames in the form of an “L” against the corner of the room and increased stability by attaching some wooden beams to their backsides and the room’s wall.

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Then, I attached an MDF board on top, cut off the legs of the MYDAL bunk bed and put it on top.

Now the bed itself was covered with MDF boards again and painted white. For extra stability, I screwed the MDF-boards on the walls where possible.

The gap between the bed and the wall was also closed with a piece of MDF and serves as a shelf for teddy bears and books.

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The STUVA frames were closed with doors and drawers, except for the one under the ladder which is used as a shelf.

~ by Philip

Jules Yap