12 Amazing IKEA KURA Bed Hacks for Toddlers

From treehouses to ball pits

IKEA Kura bed


IKEA’s popular KURA may just be the best big-kid bed ever by being cheap, toddler-friendly, and amazingly versatile. Not convinced? Wait until you see what a little DIY magic can do with this basic beauty. From simple to simply amazing, these creative IKEA KURA hacks will make you wish you were a kid again.

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    Cozy Cabin Hack

    IKEA KURA Hack: Cozy Cabin

    Individual pine slats were fixed to a simple wooden frame to give this cozy cabin KURA hack by IKEAHackers a woodsy, cabin-like charm. For a more authentic look consider replacing clean-cut pine with reclaimed pallet wood.

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    Princess Bed Hack

    IKEA KURA Hack: Princess Bed
    One Little Imp

    .With its soft curtains and colorful bunting, One Little Imp. created this darling little KURA that is fit for a princess  If you need more room for your little one's royal finery, create accessible, under-the-bed storage by removing the KURA's bottom paneling.

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    Upgraded Upholstered Finish

    IKEA KURA Hack: Upholstered Upgrade
    Ashley Rachelle Design & Interiors

    This easy DIY from Ashley Rachelle uses upholstered foam core inserts to dress up the basic KURA bed frame. No sewing is required. You can, of course, choose your child's favorite colors or choose a themed fabric to customize the look.

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    Rustic Rehaul

    IKEA KURA Hack: Rustic Toddler Bed

    Reclaimed wood slats, fixed directly to the KURA’s existing panels, add rustic flair to this nature-inspired bedroom. You can also stain or paints the slats for a custom look. This rustic rehaul comes from​ IKEAHackers.

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    Curtained Cubby Hack

    IKEA KURA Hack: Faux Bed Cubby
    Fru silver

    Tucked into a corner with its headboard opposite the wall, this sweet, little bed with its bright pink curtains from Fru Silver almost looks like a cozy, built-in cubby. Wallpapered panels in the same pattern as the walls add to this effect.

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    Chalk Board Bed Hack

    IKEA KURA Hack: Chalkboard Toddler Bed
    Sample Sale Mom

    See how one clever mom, armed with a paintbrush and a little imagination, transformed a Craigslist-find KURA into a creative and colorful chalkboard canvas. This bed with chalkboard comes from Sample Sale Mom.

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    Ball Pit Bunk

    IKEA KURA Hack: Ball Pit Bunkbed
    Rusta Upp

    A bubble-gum pink paint job and some MDF paneling give this KURA ball-pit bunk bed a modern edge. The bottom bunk holds a thin mattress, offering protection during rowdy ball play and doubling as a guest bed when the balls are removed. The bed was shown on the now-defunct Swedish blog, Rusta Upp.

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    Storage Lift

    IKEA KURA Hack: Added Storage

    Built-in storage bins give KURA’s bottom bunk a lift, creating a more comfortable guest bed and making practical use of the available space in this bed spotted on the IKEAHackers site. While this version sports a simple black and white color scheme, you can customize colors based on your child's preference.

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    Corner Bunk Hack

    IKEA KURA Hack: Corner Unit Bunkbeds
    Apartment Therapy

    Designing a shared space? Two KURA bed frames join to create one space-saving corner unit featuring built-in, under-the-bed storage. This unique DIY idea is featured by Apartment Therapy.

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    Shabby Shack Tree House

    IKEA Kura Hack: Treehouse for two

    This imaginative playhouse is every kid's dream. The parents behind this amazing design hack used a pair of KURA bed frames to create a single corner unit. A simple, wooden house frame, connected to each of the existing beds, supports the individual panels that make up the walls and roof of the structure. Other details include a connecting tunnel and a bedtime view of the rising moon. It is shown on IKEA Hackers.com.

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    Papered Panels

    IKEA KURA Hack: Wallpapered Panels

    Wallpaper offers yet another simple solution for dressing up the KURA’s plain particleboard panels. This pretty, little DIY hack seen on IKEA Hackers also adds a frame around the bottom bunk, giving the bed a more traditional look.

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    Cuddle-Up Club House

    IKEA KURA Hack: Reading Nook
    Southern Disposition

    The design-savvy mom behind this photo discovered that a large tension rod fits perfectly within the existing frame of her daughter’s KURA bed. After stringing up some twinkle lights and filling the bottom bunk with lots of comfy goodness, she used a modified shower curtain and a set of curtain rings to create this cozy little reading nook. It was featured on the Southern Disposition blog.