Separate the bunk beds into 2 single beds. Position the top bunks high enough for comfortable headroom below. The TARVA queen beds should slot in well here too. Again, add trim, moulding, paint to beautify it.
#3 KRITTER + MALM
The same can be achieved with KRITTER junior beds. Aitor replaced the KRITTER’s head and foot boards with new “legs” made of wood boards to raise them. Aitor 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 more stable.
Another way to raise them up is to prop the beds with another piece of furniture like the KALLAX or STUVA. This could also serve as the landing of the staircase. Do secure the beds well to the furniture.
The KRITTER would go well with the MALM queen beds. This combo would probably look most like your all-white built-in bed inspiration photo.
As for the stairs, it would be better to build it from scratch as part of your structure in #2. That would look a lot more cohesive.
But if you rather not, you could use the most popular stair hack — the TROFAST staggered storage. The end step could be a STUVA wardrobe to raise it into a set of full-height bunk bed stairs.
Or make it a lot more sturdy and built-in, like this.
So that’s my recommendations for you. I would suggest getting all the measurements of your room and dimensions of the IKEA products of your choice. If you do live near an IKEA, do take a look at the pieces and study them.
Then, start planning it out on paper. Be as detailed as possible as that will help you arrive at what works best for you.
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