Ah, IKEA. The Swedish company has been helping twenty-somethings eat endless bowls of Ramen at affordable kitchen tables since the 1940s. Without it, studio apartments the world over would be far less attractive and organized, since money is evil and adulting is the worst.
But what if I told you that you could make something out of IKEA cabinets that would actually make your parents feel significantly less terrible about the fact that everything in your apartment is worth $600...combined? Well, with some trusty shelving units, you can build a gorgeous space-saving bed.
Chris Heider, the mastermind of this bed, knows all too well that great storage can enhance any living space, which is why he came up with this project...
First, measure out the size of your bed, and head to your local IKEA (or to their extensive website) to pick up some large cabinets.
Chris used a full bed, which is typically about 75 inches by 54 inches. You'll want enough cabinets to build a border around that space. He recommends using three cabinets that are 24 inches wide by 30 inches high for the long side, and four cabinets at the foot of the bed in varying heights to create steps.
We hate to say it, but now you've gotta build all of the cabinets.
Thankfully, you can skip the six billion wall-mounting attachments!
Leave the back off of one of the larger cabinets. This will help you access the storage crawlspace later!
Once they're built, assemble them around the border of where the bed will be.
Use wood clamps to hold them together, and attach them with two screws in each cabinet wall.
Watch the full video below to see how he built the bed's frame and assembled the entire set!video-player-present
(via Design Taxi)
According to Chris, the entire process takes about six hours. The best part about this project is that he spent less than $500 on the entire thing! Bless you, IKEA. Similar beds can cost as much as $2,000 — and half the time, they only provide you with a fraction of the storage space that this one does! When it comes to living on a budget in small homes and apartments, projects like this are lifesavers.