Bunk Bed Reveal

October 4, 2010

Ikea beds

Ikea’s Kura bunk bed won me over. At $199 plus a few coats of white paint  it looks just as cool as the ones featured in the post, To Bunk or Not to Bunk. With its bottom bunk resting on the floor the Kura is a perfect fit  for our 4ft knee walls.  Take a look at how the space was transformed from a boys’ room to a ‘unisex’ space for 3.

bunk bed before

The Kura bed before several coats of white paint.

stripes before makeover

The colorful pattern of the rug promted a change in the ceiling stripes.  The blue and beige stripes were repainted in an orange and dark pink.

photo: jonas kahn

photo: Jonas Kahn

bedroom after

photo: jonas kahn

photo: Jonas Kahn

Ikea bunk beds

As one can image everyone wants the top bunk, so by rotating the monogrammed pillowcases everyone gets a chance to sleep in the most desirable spot.  No slights = no fights.

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jennefer rossi October 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm

awwesome! xojenn

Liz October 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm

So, so awesome! No one but you could find such a beautiful way to sleep three kiddos!

Alex October 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I love it.

Jennifer October 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Love the rotating pillow idea. Love the whole thing! As always, Debra, you’re a genius!

Heather October 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I love the new room.

Nicole L. Layaou December 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

I bought this bunk bed for a two and three year old. They are perfect for them. It was easy to assemble and they look great. The slats, however, need reinforcement, but very glad I went ahead with the purchase without prior reviews.

Marisa December 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love your loft beds! I want to paint mine white too! You used spray paint? Did you have to sand first or just a good spray paint?

Looks awesome!

debra January 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

Chelsey, I’d love to hear what you may like to read about and see in the blog. Thanks for the feedback.

Erin July 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

Did you do anything to prep the frame before painting? I just bought this bed for my daughter and want to paint,just want to make sure I do it right!

debra July 7, 2011 at 4:32 am

Erin, thanks for checking out Cocoon’s blog. I lightly sanded the bunk bed then used a spray paint primer before applying the actual color. Good luck. Send me photos!

Kelly February 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

I love this rug. Where did it come from?

debra February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Kelly I found the rug at a random shop in Brazil…San Paulo..I love it too!

Katie Colella April 18, 2012 at 5:14 am

HI there, I love the room. I REALLY want to buy the Kura with tent for my 2 youngest who share a large room, but still would rather bunks for extra floor space. My son would be up top and my 2 yr old daughter on the bottom, so again it’s a unisex room….my stepdaughter (11) also has a red sofa bed from Ikea that she uses when with us, so very multifunctional. My husband isn’t keen on the little one sleeping direct on a matress on the floor….do you find this a problem? I read somewhere online that mattresses direct on the floor can encourage mould growth due to lack of air circulating? Any problems? I suppose we could always put a basic low bed frame in the bottom, as i’m planning on putting light curtains around the bottom for her too. Thank you.

debra April 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Katie, thanks for your comment. we haven’t had a problem with mold but I guess that would have to do a lot with where you live. we’re in new england and have good air flow through the room. kids love the mattress on the floor especially the little ones. if you do put curtains around make sure you open them often to allow for good flow. good luck, let me know how it goes!

geraldine May 10, 2012 at 1:21 am


Love it!

did you paint it all assembled or did you disassembled it first?
which paint did you use?
thank you for your advices.


Shannon August 13, 2012 at 3:39 am

The bed looks amazing! My girls have this bed and it needs some sprucing. Do you have any tips for paiting the frame and the plastic (blue) inserts? What kind of paint did you use? Any tips would be great. Thanks.

dszidon August 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

Shannon, thank you. We love how it came out. I hate to admit it but we used a lot of spray paint. First primer then regular white. It needed several coats. If you do it make sure you wear mask and have lots of ventilation. Good luck!

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