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How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed

If you haven't noticed, it's been pretty quiet here at the Small Home Family blog over the past week, and there's a good reason for that. We've been working hard on our bed conversion tutorial, and we're excited to finally share it with you this week!


We were given an IKEA KURA loft bed by my cousin when her family moved a few months ago, and we spent weeks planning and buying parts and cutting and sanding and painting and building in order to turn our bedroom into our four-year-old daughter's dream kid's room. I documented the process so that we could share it here on the blog.

I used several ideas that I found online when designing this bed. This trundle conversion posted on IKEA Hackers was a big inspiration for the idea overall, and I also consulted this KURA drawers conversion over on Tales of Fruit and Cake. I got the idea for the handles on the ladder from More Like Home. And of course we spent a lot of time on Pinterest throughout the whole planning…

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Parts List

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and DisclaimerPrepping the WoodPart 1 of AssemblyPart 2 of AssemblyCross Bracing, and Attaching the Beds.

Parts list for the IKEA KURA trundle bed conversion:

Lumber
(All boards are listed according to nominal sizes unless otherwise noted)

1x4
six 37-3/4" lengths for bed slats 1x6
one 62-1/4" for the front of the bed 2x2 (these should measure 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", so double check because not all do)
four 11-1/2" lengths for bed legs*one 7-1/2" length for middle support* 2x3
three 75-1/8" slat support/floor bracefour 38-1/4" bed end bracestwo 38ish" for cross braces (to be cut to exact size later)two 48ish" for cross braces (to be cut to exact size later)

Fasteners
~sixty 3-inch deck screwseight 2-inch deck screwsone 3-1/2 to 4 inch deck screwStaples
Tools
Table SawMiter Saw (for cross b…

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Prepping the Wood

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and Disclaimer, the Parts ListPart 1 of AssemblyPart 2 of AssemblyCross Bracing, and Attaching the Beds.

Step One: Measure and Cut
Measure your wood and cut according to the lengths given on the parts list. Always remember to account for your saw blade width when cutting.
Step 2: Sand
Sand everything smooth. You do not need to sand the ends of the four 2x3s that will become the cross braces yet.

I started with a sanding block, and it took me forever. My brother, bless him, helped me out by sanding the last few pieces with a belt sander, and I wish I would have started that way. Sanding by hand works, but sanding with a powered sander would be a lot quicker and easier.
Step 3: Paint (Optional)
I used Rustoleum spray paint for this project, and it took quite a few coats. I believe I went through more than ten cans of paint before …

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Assembling the Bed Base, Pt. 1

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and Disclaimer, the Parts ListPrepping the WoodPart 2 of AssemblyCross Bracing, and Attaching the Beds.

Before you start drilling any holes, make sure you pay careful attention to where all of the screws are going to be in the end. You will need to stagger the screws properly to ensure that none of them run into each other. I have included detailed photos of my own screw placement, but as you may see in some of the photos, I did have to go back and fix a few mistakes, so be careful where you drill your holes!

When it comes to drill bits, you will want to use a countersink bit if possible to lessen the chance of splitting the wood. You will have a lot of screws in a relatively small area, and wood splits need to be avoided as much as possible!

In order to ensure that the screw grips the wood well, you only want to drill throug…

How to Add a Trundle to the IKEA KURA Bed: Assembling the Bed Base, Pt. 2

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and Disclaimer, the Parts ListPrepping the WoodPart 1 of AssemblyCross Bracing, and Attaching the Beds.
Step Eight:

(Note on this step: we did this part right side up, but when we got a few steps further in the process, it became clear that it would have been much easier to do this part with the side braces on the top first rather than the bottom. I'm going to give instructions for how we did it so you can follow along with the photos, but just be aware that doing it this way makes it more difficult later on when you need to flip the bed over.)

Take the rectangle you completed in step six and stand it up on its 2-inch wide side as shown. Lay one of the 38-1/4" 2x3 boards perpendicular to it at the base on its 2-inch side as shown. Use clamps to hold everything in place and make sure everything is square.


Drill one sc…

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Cross Bracing

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and Disclaimer, the Parts ListPrepping the WoodPart 1 of AssemblyPart 2 of Assembly, and Attaching the Beds.

The IKEA KURA loft bed can be a bit wobbly on its own, so I opted to add cross braces to the bed base to improve stability and make the bed more solid. (My kids are sleeping on this bed, after all!)

The pictures show the process a bit out of order since we actually worked on some of the bracing before we finished building the bed base only because I needed my dad's help with that part, and that was when he was available. I recommend just doing the braces when you are all done putting the bed base together.

For the braces, I started with two 2x3s that were slightly less than 38-1/4". (These were actually "oops "cuts from the head and foot of the bed base.) I then bought another 8' 2x3 and cut it i…

How to Add a Trundle to an IKEA KURA Bed: Attaching the Beds

This post is part of a tutorial on turning an IKEA KURA loft bed into a bunk bed over a trundle. For the other pages in this series, go to the Introduction and Disclaimer, the Parts List, Prepping the Wood, Part 1 of Assembly, Part 2 of Assembly, and Cross Bracing.

It's time to attach your bed base to your IKEA KURA loft bed. This is not a one-man job. You will probably need at least three people: two to lift the KURA and one to slide the bed base in underneath. Once you get this done, the rest is pretty easy.

Step One: Lining Up the Beds

Set the KURA down on top of the bed base. The open side should face toward the center of the room. Make sure that you line everything up so that the KURA is sitting directly on the bed you constructed. If you measured and cut everything correctly, it should all match up just about perfectly.


Step Two: Attaching the KURA

You need to drill vertical holes for screws to attach the KURA to the bed base on the long sides of the bed. See the photos for …