I Want to Try This: Upholstered Bed on the Cheap

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If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen an upholstered bed that I wanted, but couldn’t afford, I’d probably be able to buy one of those uber-expensive beds by now. But since there are no nickels coming my way, I’ll have to settle for the ingenuity that is never lacking across the decor blogosphere. Like me, Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest wanted an upholstered bed, but didn’t want to give up his arm and leg in order to have it. And while I’m generally pretty averse to the particleboard playland that is IKEA, I make an exception in this case.


With a little vision and an old wool blanket from an Army surplus store, Daniel managed to turn the bare bones, $49.99 solid pine FJELLSE bed frame from Ikea (shown above, we found out about it reading a post about the top 62 recycled pallet bed frames you can find here) into the fabulously understated upholstered bed you see at the top. Yeah…I’m feeling that twinge of envy too.

After the cost of the bedframe, blanket and supplies, he spent less than $200. Plus, he has an incredible sense of humor and a writing style that will leave you cracking up. Check out how he created this with “a whole mess of staples.”

Oh, and lest you think this man’s genius is a one-shot deal, check out the custom desk he made from a curbside castoff table.


I rest my case.

Photos from Manhattan Nest

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  • Lynn July 26, 2010, 4:53 pm

    This is great and I did something with an Ikea bed too. It didn’t have a frame, but a box spring (?) on metal legs. I took a sheet and fitted it to the box spring, covering it to match the rest of the bed. If you’re interested, I’ll send a photo. Not so nice as this, but it works.

  • Stancie @ Fig+Sage July 27, 2010, 2:40 pm

    I may just have to try the bed for my master bedroom makeover! Love the bed and his desk!!!

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