Modify an Ikea Kura Bunk Bed

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by Christina Dennis

We live in a wee little house (and by “wee”, I mean 880 square feet with no basement for the four of us). When it was time for my newest baby to graduate from her bassinet to a “big” crib, we had to get creative.

To maintain storage space in the girls’ tiny room that was now going to be shared, we purchased an IKEA Kura bunk bed for my 3-year-old daughter so that we could store toys and things underneath while she slept above. We could then squeeeeeeze a crib beside her bed!

There are several amazing, detailed “hacks” for these beds in the webisphere, but we had little time to pull something together so I stuck to something simple.

IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy

My hubby spray painted the MDF panels a nice, bright pink before he assembled the bed (they’re originally a medium blue). I purchased a tension shower rod and then made some simple rod pocket panel curtains using the following method:

  • measure the width of the opening and multiply by 1.5
  • divide this measurement by 2 and this will be the finished width of the curtain panels (there are two panels)
  • add two inches to the width and 7 inches to the height of this measurement (to account for hems and the rod pocket) and cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions
  • hem the bottom and sides of each panel (by turning 1/2″, then another 1/2″ and stitching) and then make the rod pocket on the top by turning 1/2″ and then 3″ and stitching

Thread a tension rod through the panel pocket and hang just below the upper bunk. The curtain hides a mess nicely!

It’s a simple and sweet update to the IKEA Kura bed!


  1. Hi there
    About to embark on my own kura hack and am trying to learn from everyone else’s efforts. Do you remember how many cans of spray paint it took to do the panels?

  2. I love the bed! I bought the Kura bed and I also want to spray paint the panels… Can you tell me what kind of spray paint you used? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hello Lynn, Christina has found that most of the spray paint is fine. However, high traffic areas around the ladder have got a little scratched up. Christina would recommend sealing the higher use areas if you would like the paint to last longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was wondering if you could share the exact measurements that you used for width, height, etc. of the curtains that you cut. Thank you!

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