- Resizing an Ikea loft bed
A friend has just moved into a new flat and planned on building her loft bed in what is quite a small room so she can have a desk underneath and some room to move around. The bed is too long to width fit in ways (which is the only way it can work). The new plan is to shorten the length by 5 inches, cutting each section and then drilling each new end to take dowels and bolts.
The material is compressed mdf (I think). Am I missing anything here? Am I giving myself a whole headache of unseen problems?Posted 3 years agopetrieboyMember
I took 80mm out of the back of an IKEA drawer unit (including 8 drawers) which ended up being a whole load of effort but ultimately worked perfectly.
Hardest bit is getting the dowel holes straight. If I was doing it again I’d drill through the existing hole before cutting.Posted 3 years ago
Well we managed it. It ended up being more complicated than expected (isn’t it always) but she’s over the moon with it. I couldn’t find anywhere that sold a single Forstner bit but a standard wood bit I had was good enough. The camlocks took a little bit of fiddling but they’re in all and tightened nicely.
It was quite a conundrum getting it assembled in the space as there is only the tiniest amount space either end and we had to put 5 inch bolts through from the outside of the corner posts and then tighten them from the outside. Still not quite sure how we actually managed this.
It does have a little bit of wobble. I was thinking of finding something that can go between the posts and the wall to brace it between them. Any ideas?
It’s amazing what a difference it made to a small space. The divan bed that was in there seemed to take up the whole room. Now there’s room for a desk and apparently, ‘room to dance’.Posted 3 years agoandylMember
It does have a little bit of wobble.
and how did you test this dare I ask? 😉
As above if she owned it I would have just built a mezzanine bed to save some space at the edges. Did the mattress go in okay?
I remember hunting around years ago for forstner bits. Toolstation and screwfix do cheap sets, should be able to get single ones on ebay for a couple of £.Posted 3 years ago
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