In Caroline’s hack above, the cane webbing takes centerstage. The other option is to hang it with the IVAR pine wood panels framing the natural wicker texture. You’ll need a 20″ x 70″ IVAR side unit for a standard double bed frame. Get the taller IVAR (20″ x 89″) if you have a larger bed size.
Trim down the legs of the IVAR side unit, which essentially turns it into a simple wood frame. Then get your staple gun out and start stapling the cane webbing on the back of frame, keeping the fabric taut as you go.
To create a unique headboard, give the frame a brush of wood stain to highlight the natural color of pine. You can also layer on a coat of spray paint to give the rattan headboard a totally different look. See the tutorial here.
#2 Woven headboard with canvas rolls
After a year of waking up in the middle of the night because my 3-year-old had hit his head on his FJELLSE headboard AGAIN, I decided to take matters into my own hands and fix the situation.
Three rolls of autumn orange canvas, a staple gun, scissors and the IKEA FJELLSE bed (TARVA would work as well) and voilà! This is a super easy project that anyone with an open wood headboard like the IKEA FJELLSE, NEIDEN or TARVA can do. See the full tutorial.
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#1 BILLY with cane wicker doors
Kathryn has always loved cane furniture and missed out on the IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 cabinet when it was released two years. Since then, she has been searching for a similarly affordable alternative without success. So went this BILLY arrived in her home, her second chance had come. See more of Kathryn’s cane furniture doors.
#2 Rattan doors for the EXPEDIT (or KALLAX)
This is an old hack of mine. I had an EXPEDIT TV shelving unit and wanted some BRANÄS drawers for it. However, for some of the cubbies a door was better suited, so I had to do a small hack. I hacked the rattan doors for the EXPEDIT but it will work for the KALLAX too. See more the EXPEDIT rattan doors.
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