if you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that this blog post has been a long time coming. the idea was conceived back here, executed last summer, and finally blogged about today. i won’t post a full tutorial since there are plenty of upholstery tutorials and headboard tutorials out there on the internet. however, i will post several pictures that will give you a pretty good idea of how i accomplished this project.
when i first had the idea to upholster the bunk beds i was so excited because there was nothing out there like it. at least there wasn’t any interwebular evidence of it. then literally, the very next day, i got the restoration hardware baby & child catalog in the mail and what did i find in there? upholstered bunk beds. noooo!! i was so disheartened. silly, i know, since there’s really no such thing as a completely original idea, however i do really try come up with new variations or put my own spin on things. now that i think about it, i should have just been pleased that rh was validating my idea!
the kura bunk bed from ikea continues to be a favorite of mine in children’s rooms. i mostly love the proportions of this bed. it’s much shorter than your traditional twin bunk, however an adult can sit upright on the bottom bunk so there’s plenty of room for a child to grow. plus there’s the versatility of using the bottom bunk as a play area if you’re short on space and don’t need the additional sleeping area. it’s also really great for young child since they can safely sleep on the bottom bunk which is basically at ground-level.
well, back to the project itself. the materials that are used for this hack are extremely simple and inexpensive. my favorite combination, especially when the end result looks like it cost more than you spent!
all you’ll need is:
- some upholstery grade fabric,
- quilting batting,
- foam core,
- hot glue gun
and that is it unless you’d like to add the tufting. if so, then add:
- some fabric covered button kits,
- a needle,
- thread (my go-to is quilting thread, it’s so much stronger than traditional thread),
- and some basic 2 or 4-hole buttons (equal to the number of tufts/covered buttons).
oh, and 3m command strips to attach the upholstered “boards” to the bed frame. you could also paint the bed frame, but i’m always extra leery of painting little kids cribs & beds, so i stuck with the original finish.
i ran out of hot glue sticks partway through wrapping the fabric and since it was naptime, i used duct tape to finish it up! haha, I know, so classy…but it’s held up and i didn’t have to postpone the project. win win.
there are lots of ways that you could go about adhering the panels to the bed, but i liked the idea of being able to keep things flexible and non-permanent. the command strips were the perfect solution.
all-in-all my materials came in at just over $50 for everything (excluding the bed frame) and a little over 2 1/2 hours. not a bad investment for adding a little personality and slightly diminishing the obvious ikea look. best of all, this upholstery job is completely removable. the command strips make it so you can cleanly removed each panel should the need arise, or when you just want to switch up the upholstery fabric. i was able to finish this bed just in time for my daughter’s 3rd birthday last year. so this project is almost a year old and it has held up beautifully.
there are so many other fun variations that could be done with this particular bed that you can really use the panels to suit your needs, and not just upholster them.
so how do you think it turned out? do you have this same bunk bed? would you or have you ever alter it?
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