The humble Ikea Malm bed is as basic as beds come.
At $329 (for a Queen size) it’s one of the most affordable beds around, but you can customize it to make it look a lot more expensive.
Showcasing minimalist clean lines and a plain oak timber veneer headboard, the Malm is a timeless design that works as it is, and suits a range of décor styles.
But it really comes into its own when the headboard is customized to make a totally unique design.
Here are some clever headboard hacks – including some with step-by-step tutorials – to inspire you.
In this hack, the headboard and frame have been covered in gray wood vinyl planks. Head to Hester's Handmade Home for the video tutorial.
Here, the owner has attached pale raw timber planks to the bedhead for a restrained Scandinavian look.
Over at Sugar and Cloth, the Malm has been customized with adhesive timber to recreate a reclaimed wood look. Here is the full tutorial.
It’s always fun when Ikea hacks its own products, and this is no exception. Here, the humble Malm has been transformed with padded velvet for a luxurious boutique hotel look. Get Ikea’s step by step tutorial here.
Playful and pretty
In this DIY, the owner has customized the Malm headboard with a slipcover, which includes a handy storage pocket. Get the tutorial here.