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.

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

BartholomewH4 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.

Janiedella7 months ago

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

domenic312 months ago


MarisaMoon12 months ago

Wow, thanks for the step by step

This is so pretty! So pretty!
HarveyS1 year 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)  HarveyS1 year 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.

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.

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)  BH921 year 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.

Cueball211 year ago

Very nicely done!

Great ible!


I love this! I'm defiantly gonna try this
eric squat1 year ago
Nice. New favorite.
BLR_RAVI1 year ago
very nice..looks beautiful..if the branches were thicker or more densed..it would b more nice
Natalina1 year ago

Nice idea! Turned out great.

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

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