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IKEA Malm Headboard Hack

Hey folks!

Today I’m going to show you how I hacked my MALM Bed from IKEA (I have the lower version, which was sold until late 2016, I think).

Due to space issues I decided to get rid of my old nightstands and search for something more convenient instead. I came up with the idea of a headboard with storage. I even think IKEA is offering something like this, but I wanted to keep my old bed and figured it wouldn’t fit, so I went with a DIY project.

Basically all you need to recreate this project are kitchen cabinets, a big wooden panel and two smaller ones, some squared timbers and stain of your choice.

I went for two IKEA METOD kitchen cabinets (20 cm width), two plywood panels fitting right under the cabinets (to allow the doors without handles to work properly), a birch wood panel with oak wood stain and squared timbers painted white (1 x 196,5 cm x 5,4 cm x 3,4 cm & 2 x 90 cm x 5,4 cm x 3,4 cm). I used two smaller ones in order to fit some wires through the gap in between of them.

I started out with putting the IKEA cabinets together and placed them on the plywood panels behind my bed  (I also cut out some holes for the wall sockets). I stained the birch wood panel and the squared timbers and put everything together, that’s it! Of course, you could leave it like that but I decided to add some doors to it as well (IKEA Häggeby doors with push-to-open did the trick for me).

I am pretty pleased with the outcome and hope you enjoy this as well!




  • Hi Jacky! Your bed looks amaizing! Can i ask you what cabins are hanging above? Thank you!!

    • Hey Sarah! It’s the IKEA Besta cabinets 🙂

  • Love this as a space saving alternative to side tables!


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