Who doesn’t love a good Ikea Kallax hack? These systems are relatively inexpensive and have multiple functions. There are many examples of customised shelving, Dining Benches and even Headboards with storage. I have now used our selection of Ikea Kallax boxes to form a kids high bed with reading den.
When we moved to a new house I made the mistake of promising my eldest son a high bed, with no funds to back it up. However, I am a big advocate of recycling and reusing what possessions we already have to fit our new circumstances. This was when I decided to use the various Kallax units we already owned to make a kids high bed.
For this Ikea Kallax hack high bed we used two systems of 2 x 2 Kallax units to form the two main supports. An extra single unit was used to make a step. The bed is also from Ikea (although I think it is a discontinued line now) and was simply placed over top of the units. The bed was secured to the Kallax Unit, on the wall side, with a couple of metal supports. This stops it moving or slipping off.
The Kallax units are perfect for storing books, toys and keeping things tidy with the array of baskets (also available at Ikea). I also love that my son now has a cute reading den where he can chill out peacefully.
I filled the den with various home sewn cushions and an array of rugs from Ikea. I’m not endorsing the shop but there is no denying it has some great affordable home furnishings. This Ikea Kallax hack high bed and den makes the perfect hang out and both my boys spend a lot of time there.
What child doesn’t want a cute hideaway filled with his or her favourite books and toys. For even more privacy we hang blankets over the sides and fill it with nightlights. It’s a special place and best of all I fit in there also, so get to experience all its charm. The perfect opportunity to feel like a kid again.