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DIY Ikea Hacks: How To Make Your Own Ikea Bed Couch

Gloria Stanfield
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by Gloria Stanfield

We were so excited to try out this DIY Ikea Bed Hack! In just 5 simple steps you can create your own Ikea Couch out of an Ikea Bed. 

We were looking all over, trying to find a couch for our studio, but we were on a tight budget so we figured.. let’s build our own! Easier said than done, but once we figured out our game plan and looked around Ikea, it was actually quite simple! 

IKEA Bed as a Couch

We bought a single bed frame from Ikea for $40. We then had a single mattress stored away, so we used that – the firmer the mattress the better. You will also need a wood saw, a staple gun, some fabric, and a piece of plywood, a clamp, foam and foam glue. 

We bought the foam at the Foam Store, and were surprised at how many options of foam there were out there. You will want something a few inches thick, that will be comfortable enough to lean back on! Foam Glue you can get at Home Depot!

Ikea Hack Daybed DIY

  • Step 1: Cut off the backboard of the bed (YES WE KNOW – we used a hack saw, but that’s all we had!) It is fairly simple to do, and you can keep the wood for future DIYs! 
  • Step 2: Measure the bed and buy a piece of plywood from Home Depot that is a couple inches smaller than your chosen bed frame. Then, drill the wood to the back of the bed frame. 
  • Step 3: Use wood glue to glue the foam you purchased, to the front of the wood, and curve it around to the back of the wood. Use a clamp to hold it tight and leave it to dry overnight. I didn’t even know that foam stores existed until this project, and it was quite the funny experience picking out the perfect piece of foam. The store manager was there and he told us he had been in the foam business for 30 years and It seemed like we learned everything there was to know about foam in the 25 minutes we were there.  We tilted the bed on its side, and left it to dry over night.
  • Step 4: We then went out and bought this beautiful (and it happened to be super cheap!) $30 fabric from across the street. We measured the couch and bought a bit extra so we could make matching pillows if we wanted. We didn’t have a super calculated way of doing this, we sort of pulled, and glued and pulled and used a giant staple gun. We pulled up the mattress and stapled the fabric to the bottom of the bed to secure the fabric as tight as we could. 
Drilling Bed Frame
Bed Foam with Frame
Clipping Wrap Over Bed Couch
Bed Frame Final Wrap