Picture of  Ikea Hack: Painted Branch Bed Frame

This hack requires a very inexpensive twin Fjellse Ikea bed frame, paint, and free branches from the great outdoors.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools


1. Twin Fjellse Bed Frame

2. Branches- around 5/8 inch - 1 inch thick

3. Latex Paint- in various colors of your choosing. Satin finish or higher gloss finishes work well for furniture.

4. Bare Wood Primer

5. Clear Coat Spray Paint

6. Sandpaper- coarse

7. Tack Cloth

8. Wood Glue

9. Aluminum Foil

10. A scrap of fabric, decorative rope, or beads


1. Paint Brushes- I used a synthetic 1 inch, 1.5 inch, and 2 inch brush. I also used a very small brush for touch ups.

2. Handsaw

3. Surform

4. Glue Gun

Step 2: Prime and Paint Bed Frame Parts

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Start by painting the individual pieces of the Fjellse. Synthetic brushes are best for water based paints like latex paint. You won't need to paint the three headboard spindles that the Fjellse comes with. We're not going to use those. You also won't need to paint the inner facing sides of the bed frame, as shown in the last picture, because those will be covered by the mattress.

1. Use a tack cloth to remove any particles from the bed frame pieces before each coat.

2. Apply one coat of bare wood primer, brushing with the grain of the wood. Let dry.

3. Apply your latex paint, brushing with the grain. Let dry.

4. Apply a second coat of paint if desired.

Step 3: Construct the Headboard

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Following your Ikea directions, construct just the headboard of the bed frame, leaving out the three center spindles. Another adjustment you'll need to make is to flip the top horizontal piece so that the groove and holes are facing upward. Do the same for the bottom piece, flipping it so that the holes are facing downward. These holes are used for attaching the spindles, which we are not using. Turning the holes away from the center will prevent them from getting in the way of gluing the branches to the headboard.

Here is the link to the Ikea instructions for the Fjellse: Fjellse PDF

BartholomewH2 months ago

Lovely! Creativity is a sing of intelligence they say.
That is why I love IKEA's flat pack furniture. Assembly is an art I would say!
Nice result you got there.

Janiedella5 months ago

Lovely! I've been wondering what to do with my stick collection!

domenic310 months ago


MarisaMoon10 months ago

Wow, thanks for the step by step

This is so pretty! So pretty!
HarveyS10 months ago

This design is not suitable for children.

The Code of Federal Regulations Chapter II, Sub-chapter B, Part 1213

Describes the danger of head entrapment.

I would avoid this design if there are young children in the house.

You could also attach a sheet of plywood behind it (wall side) painted in a contrasting color to avoid the head entrapment. This would add strength.

It look super cool. I'm going to show it to my daughter as we are remodeling her bedroom.

Great job!

dashiell.barkhuss (author)  HarveyS10 months ago

Adding more branches closer together could fix this problem if have young children in your household or maybe keeping the headboard flush against a wall.

Cheese Queen10 months ago

Very attractive!

An unclamped wood bond is not very strong however; I foresee a problem with the branches coming loose if you're not using a fastener, but this would still work well in a guest room.

BH92 Cheese Queen10 months ago

if you drill a big hole( big enough for the head of the screw, 8 mm for example) and drill a hole( like 4 mm or so) into the center of the big hole into the middle of the branch, then you could put in a screw and cover it with a home made plug, made of a wooden rod( the same size as the big hole)...

dashiell.barkhuss (author)  BH9210 months ago

Very helpful! The branches are in there pretty well, though. I think they look less sturdy than they are, that's the comment that people who have checked it out in person have given me.

Cueball2110 months ago

Very nicely done!

Great ible!


I love this! I'm defiantly gonna try this
eric squat10 months ago
Nice. New favorite.
BLR_RAVI10 months ago
very nice..looks beautiful..if the branches were thicker or more would b more nice
Natalina10 months ago

Nice idea! Turned out great.

TallulahRayna10 months ago

Omg this is awesome!! I have to try this. You definitely deserve to win. Great job!

audreyobscura10 months ago

So good! You did a great job selecting colors too! Thanks for sharing your project.