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ikea hacked daybed malm

What do you get when you cross an Ikea Malm bed and an old hollow core door?  An awesome, modern and cheap daybed that comes with 2 side tables!

Malm bed


I needed a daybed for my daughter’s new room.  She had a Malm bed from ikea that was still in great condition so I converted it to a daybed by first taking the headboard panel off the lower portion of the bed.  It was just a matter of loosening the fasteners and removing the pins.  I needed to finish the top where the holes to receive the headboard were located.  I debated the idea of doing a small wooden trim around the whole bed, but when I looked around the shop, I saw the old hollow core doors that had been in the basement and were briefly used as a top for a desk.  The color of the wood was nice and I thought “why not make built in side tables.”  I still needed brackets and what do you know, I had 4 white ones left from shelves I had used in my daughter’s room previously!  (The drawers under the bed were found in the Ikea clearance section for $5 each – Don’t hate me because I’m so lucky ;-p)


malm bed brackets



The edges of the doors were a little rough so I painted them white to match the rest of the bed, then attached the brackets, cut the doors to length and slapped them on with screws.  Bada bing bada boom.  The only thing you have to be careful of is lining the brackets up with the solid portions of the sides of the bed and the core doors, as they are mostly hollow with spaced structural solid wood pieces.  It’s as easy as that and you are done.




I wouldn’t recommend sitting on the “tables”,  but if you have them fastened to the solid portions, they will hold up to a reasonable amount of pressure.


I will post some more Jacked Up Ikea ideas in the future, so hold on to your hats!

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ikea hacked daybed malm
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