Ideas for Thea’s New IKEA Kura Bed

We have just got Thea a new (second hand) IKEA Kura bed. So now I am feverishly pinning  ‘IKEA Kura Bed Hack’ images. Sorry if you are sick of seeing them on my Pinterest feed! It’s just so flexible and there are loads of things we could do with it, how do we decide?

If you’re not familiar with the delights of the IKEA Kura bed, let me enlighten you. It can be used like a low-ish four poster bed, as we have it. Or you can upturn it, and made into a low mid-sleeper bed. In a few years we’ll flip it over so Thea can have a little den beneath it. She’s too young for that yet – she’s already rolled out, luckily it’s nice and low! That’s not the only danger though, as you’ll find out when you keep reading!

Ikea Kura Bed with grey duvet cover and Little Bird turquoise tree wall decals

Will the stickers survive if I move them up?

I didn’t think about how the new bed’s frame would cross through her lovely Little Bird wall decals, so I’m trying to decide what to do with them. She’s peeled them off a few times already, so I don’t think they’d survive if I moved them again!

I’ve written previously about my idea of putting both girls into Ava’s room in bunk beds, and having Thea’s (much smaller) room as a play room. But I just don’t think anyone would get any sleep! So when I spotted the Kura bed for sale on a local Facebook selling group and couldn’t resist. I love getting a bargain with pre-loved furniture, as I don’t like wasting money or resources.

Because the bed is second hand, the frame is a little orange, so I’m thinking of painting it white.

Ikea Kura Bed with grey duvet cover and Little Bird duck clock

Thea’s gallery wall needed adjusting, to accommodate the new bar of the bed, so it’s looking rather sparse at the moment!

What shall we do with the bed?

I have just about come to terms with the fact that the stickers will have to go, so have been plotting what we can do instead. Ryan is pretty keen to make a roof, and I’m all for that! You can see what I’ve been pinning on my Kura Bed Ideas Pinterest board! How sweet are these ideas? I’m not holding my breath though – given our current rate of DIY, she’ll be going to university by the time we find time to do it!
IKEA Kura Bed Pinterest ideas board
Ryan wants to not only make a frame like in some of these pictures above, he also wants to cover it with cork tiles and add a curtain with a door and window. It sounds great but I’m a a bit worried that it might make the room look dark as it is really tiny!

But realistically, if we even get to do the frame it will be a minor miracle. I don’t think it will ever get to that stage… What do you think? What would you do with this bed? I’d love to hear what you think!

If you want to see more of Thea’s bedroom, when it had a toddler bed in it, check out my guest post on Rock My Family.Thea's Nursery on Rock My Family

And a final note of caution about thE IKEA KURA bed…

When we put the bed up, I decided to unplug Thea’s Gro Clock as she totally ignores it now anyway. What I didn’t realise was that the room would be pitch black at night. When Thea cried for me, I went rushing in, half asleep, and ran into the bed frame, hitting the bridge of my nose at full force. Unbelievable pain. My friend’s suggestion is wrapping the top part of the frame with padding, and I think she has a point!

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24 Comments

  1. 19th October 2016 / 11:40 am

    Oh gosh you poor thing! Sounds painful. Very cool bed though! Good luck moving the stickers xx

    • 20th October 2016 / 9:50 am

      It was eye watering!! But I am over it now. I have bought a new light to go in the future frame. Hopefully that will make us actually do it! xx

  2. 18th October 2016 / 11:24 am

    Love the house frame idea but OUCHY!!!! Your poor nose!!! YES to padding the frame — that sounds really painful!!! Or paint that part with glow in the dark paint?? That might work! Caro xx #HomeEtc
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    • 20th October 2016 / 9:53 am

      I am wincing at remembering it! LOVING the idea of glow in the dark paint, ha ha that would certainly solve some problems. xx

    • 17th October 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks Jess, indeed it is, though such a time drain! xx

  3. 13th October 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Love those ideas! Will have to remember this bed when girls a bit older. I love Ikea. I keep considering putting my two in one room & having a playroom too – I am also concerned there would be no sleep though! #KCACOLS

    • 14th October 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you, I think we will put the idea of sharing on the back burner for a year or two! xx

    • 13th October 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks Jenni, I think I’m more excited than Thea!xx

    • 13th October 2016 / 7:07 pm

      It really is so versatile, it’s hard to decide! Thanks for popping by xx

  4. 13th October 2016 / 5:20 pm

    This is a nice idea. I would paint the frame white or a light green , but this is just my color preference 🙂 I am curious how it will look in the end. #KCACOLS

    • 13th October 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Oooh light green would look nice, great idea Gabriela! Thanks xx

  5. 11th October 2016 / 2:19 pm

    oh no re whacking yourself on the frame! yay. not. those gro clocks do give off quite a bit of light don’t they. anyways back to the bed – it seems like you can do loads with it and how cool that you can turn it over to create more of a cabin style bed later! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

    • 11th October 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks lovely, yeah I love IKEA for these kinds of ideas, it’s so flexible! xx

  6. Becky @ Educating Roversi
    10th October 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Ouch!!! I never thought about that!
    I love a good IKEA hack. Looking forward to an update if you get round to doing any of the ideas #KCACOLS

    • 11th October 2016 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Becky, we need to decide on a plan of action, it might take a while! xx

    • 11th October 2016 / 1:37 pm

      It’s sweet isn’t it, and my nose is fine now thank you! xx

  7. 9th October 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Ouch on the last part! There are some totally amazing Ikea hacks on Pinterest I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I could never manage anything it would just go terribly wrong lol!

    • 10th October 2016 / 10:05 am

      I’m hoping ours will go OK – just need to find the time now, which is the biggest challenge for us! xx

  8. 7th October 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. Your right There are so many ideas you could try out. I love the woodland theme. Sylvia wants an animal themed room. I want to buy flamingo wallpaper one day. It’s great you got the Kura Bed second hand. I love a good bargain. A
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    • 10th October 2016 / 11:22 am

      Thanks so much Angela, I love a bargain too, especially with kids stuff that is likely to get trashed anyway! The frame is already covered in stickers! xx

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