Admittedly, this is a quick and dirty job. Start to finish, it took no more than a half-hour.
-IKEA Dalselv Bed (full or twin)
-Extra Dalselv Headboard (any size-preferably larger or same size as frame headboard)
-IKEA Bed slats to fit frame
-Mattress to fit frame (full or twin--top only. Boxspring not needed).
-Drill Bit (1/2")
-Heavy Bolt to fit predrilled holes in headboard. Wing-nut.
-Heavy Wood Screws
-Pillows, sheets, etc.
Step 1: Get an IKEA Dalselv Frame
If you'd like more of a standard sized couch, the twin bed frame would work better (especially with a full or queen headboard for the whole "fainting couch" style look). However, the full is what we happened to have on hand.
Make sure you have slats and a mattress. However, we've used a pillow-top mattress instead of the
standard thin IKEA mattress bed.
Step 2: Find a Second IKEA DALSELV Headboard
We picked the exact same headboard (full) out of the trash a week after we moved.
Step 3: Measure and Drill Holes
Luckily, the second headboard still had the aligning dowel pegs on each side. If these pegs are missing, there are still pre-drilled holes that fit standard dowel pegs. We were able to use an eyeliner pencil to mark each dowel peg and carefully slide it into place, transferring the marks from the bed frame in the correct spots. My boyfriend measured the pegs, and found a drill bit to create the right sized holes. He taped the maximum depth on the drill bit by comparing it to the peg, and using masking tape ON the drill bit to ensure he didn't drill too far on the frame.
Since the DALSELV frames are white pine, they are easy enough to drill into with a corded drill.The fitting for our two bedframes is shown in the photo. The darker headboard was fit onto the frame using the dowel pegs.
Step 4: Screw Second Headboard to Bedframe.
Be careful that the frame does not come off the dowel pegs while drilling through the frame. You can also use a pencil to mark the drill spot on the frame. We were short on time, therefore, just drilled beyond the pre-drilled hole in the headboard.
We used a wing-nut to stabilize the main bolt. However, you may use any kind of fitting that works with the slats. Make sure that the slats accommodate the end of the bolt. With our slats, this was no issue. The spacing fit perfectly with our hardware.
NOTE: For more stability, pre-drill secondary holes and secure the headboard after securing the pegs and middle bolts. Note that you will need the right length of screw or make sure to figure in the bed slat spacing for the end of the bolt.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Add a fitted sheet and oversized pillows (also sold at IKEA). Since the frame is unfinished, you also might want to add paint or finish.