Spray paint worked so well on the unprimed IKEA wood. Especially the bright colors covered very easily. We used glossy spray paint that also contained primer.
My husband has a knack with IKEA furniture, so he pictured the whole assembly in his mind…and then figured out which side of which board needed to be spray-painted with chalkboard paint so the kids could use it in their Areas.
The flip side of each panel we did green for the girls and silver (like fire-truck or police-car silver) for the boys.
Oh. And we spray-painted our driveway. Oops. All in the name of an awesome IKEA rebuild.
Our oldest son and my husband fit each bed together.
Sam wants to grow up and understand IKEA beds too. We can all dream.
We had to assemble the beds in the kids’ rooms because they’re too big to fit through an average doorway.
How long does it take to assemble an IKEA Kura bed? Or four? A couple of hours for my husband. But that might be a bit fast, because we got pretty experienced at it. Let’s be clear that the assembly would take me a couple of weeks.
Remodeled Kura Bed! We later added a fire phone, steering wheel, and fire hose to truly pimp out his bead.
Here’s the bed in his room, reversed so it’s a low loft bed. Perfect for a four-year-old.
We easily fit two Kura beds in the girls’ (somewhat) small room. The loft bed gives each girl space of her own in their “area.” It was hard for me to imagine them sleeping above/below one another. After a day all up in each other’s business, they need the space.
Truly a family project. So fun. Hope the kids learned something about hard work paying off or realizing your dreams. Or how versatile the Swedes are.
This is where the kids started to embrace the idea of their own beds. For us, so much better than bunk beds.
Elisabeth enjoying the view from her bed while M and the kids put the finishing touches on the last one.
Curtains! Did you know the rod on a Kura bed is the same length as a shower curtain? We got some rods and standard-sizes curtains. We cut each curtain to the right length, and then hung the bottom on the other side, so there are two curtains on each bed. The kids can part them or keep them closed.
I considered using the scraps as matching window valances. Perfect size! But then I remembered that I don’t sew. If you do, and want to make some valances, let me know.
Christmas lights! We found these super-cool (to the touch) lights and strung them with zip ties on the bottom of each bed. Such a perfect touch and the kids love them.
RAST tables from IKEA! They work perfectly to hold the large Trofast bins. It also serves as a lightweight desk for the kids to use during Rest Time.
And so easy to put together that a one-year-old can do it. Or help. Or watch.
We assembled the RAST tables first and then painted them. I don’t remember why. Sorry.
Elisabeth got right in there and screwed it together. She loved that she helped.
Catie’s “Area” with lights, curtains, chair, and RAST table. You can’t see the mess.
BLUMA lights…for the roommates who can’t decide on how bright the room should be (each girl gets her own lights to chose)
Yea! Elisabeth on top of her bed, complete with BLUMA lights, pails on her RAST table, and bulletin board. Love it!
Lights! Kura! Action!
IKEA shelves…that look like petals for the BLUMA lights. So cute. So handy.
Finished Product for the boys’ room…complete with a Fire Dog.
Sam’s “Area”with TROFAST shelves for his clothes, accessible from both his “Area” and the other side.
The boys’ beds…TROFAST shelves…police car blue and fire engine red.
Nate’s police car KURA bed…reversed so it’s nice and low for him…once he’s out of his crib.