Picture of Ikea Hack! (sorta) Upholstered headboard on the DALSELV bed frame
When Dave and I bought this house about two and a half years ago, we were surprised when our bed didn't fit into our 3rd floor bedroom. Being new homeowners and thusly, broke as all get out, I went to Ikea and purchased the cheapest bed I could find, thinking that we could take the boxes up the stairs and put the bed together. We really wanted a nice, upholstered headboard, but everything we liked was at least several hundred dollars. Here's how we got exactly what we wanted for about $150.

Step 1: Cut & attach fiberboard and foam

Picture of Cut & attach fiberboard and foam
We started with the DALSELV bed, which retails at $99 for the Queen size frame.

Dave sawed off the tips of wood that jut out at the top of the frame so we'd have a neat, rectangular shape to start with. Then he took a piece of plain ol' fiberboard and cut it the same size as the headboard so I'd have something to upholster over. A mist of spray-mount holds the foam in place.
hrogers24 years ago
LOOOOOVE this fabric!! You said you got it from the Needle Shop. Do you know the designer of the fabric????
pxlchk1 (author) 4 years ago
Thank you very much!!!
craftyv4 years ago

Love it. Very stylish and obviously you know how to change it again if you wish. Very elegent.
tepidsnow5 years ago
LOVE it! I knew someone had to have altered this bedframe. :)
Ex05 years ago
My husband and I bought one of Ikea's metal frame bed (name eludes me at the moment) and I liked it, then it grew old, then it was just functional, now it's an eye sore. My style has changed and I'm leaning towards dark stained woods. I found this bed on Kijiji, I can get it for 50$ including slats, and do this hack, all for under 80$...I'm sure. I think this is genius!

As for the slats in our current frame and the frame itself;  held for 10 years, had 3 or more kids jumping on it on at any given time in addition to us lying in bed,  they haven't fallen, shifted, or broken. The bed frame is VERY solid, dead quiet, and would probably last another 10 years or more BUT...I'm just tired of it visually.

It's time for a change....now to convince my husband.
Ex0 Ex05 years ago
This is not MY bed but it's the model I have...whatever it's called LOL

lemonie5 years ago
"Voilá" not viola


Actually it's voilà -- you've got the wrong accent.  I'm a French teacher, so ... But shame on you for correcting a sleep-deprived new mom!
Thanks, I appreciate it. So if we're being precise, are you French and a teacher, or a teacher of French as a language?


I live in Montréal, Québec, Canada -- the only province/state in North American where French is the official (and legal) language.  Approximately 75% of Québec's population is francophone; I'm one of them.  French is my mother tongue, but I have a facility with languages and learned English and Russian as a child.  I have a B.A. in literature from a French university and an M.A. in literature from McGill University, which you might have heard of.  So I'm both French and a teacher AND a teacher of French.  I've just retired, though, so now I'm just doing a bit of tutoring.

OK, thanks for the details. How is Russian to learn, I imagine it's a bit different from European?


(Yes I've heard of McGill)
pxlchk1 (author)  mariedarcy5 years ago
Hee! Thanks. But to be fair, lemonie didn't know that I'm a walking zombie. :)
pxlchk1 (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Did I leave out the part where I'm a sleep-deprived mother of a newborn?
lemonie pxlchk15 years ago
I guess that we did. It's a common thing (the voila-word). Bed-hacks are good, they leave you with some comfort to enjoy for a long time

mariedarcy5 years ago
I've been thinking of purchasing the same bed, but like you I'm not fond of the useless headboard.  Thanks for this.
I've got a question about this bed.  What set of slats did you get for it?  I've read some not-too-positive reports about Ikea slats shifting, bending and even breaking, and I've got a heavy pillowtop mattress.  I'm also not the smallest person -- the photo of my cat Darcy is rather misleading!
pxlchk1 (author)  mariedarcy5 years ago
Hi mariedarcy,

Ikea has different levels of slats. We got the ones that bend upwards and adjust with rubber sleeves in the center

My husband is 6'5" and we've been pretty comfy with no problems so far. I think the hitch is to splurge on their best slats.

pxlchk1 (author) 5 years ago
If you make this project, please drop by and let us know at waterspiper.blogspot.com/2009/11/ikea-hack-sorta-upholstered-headboard.html

We'd love to see pictures and hear how it worked out for you.