Our “Ikea Hack” toddler-friendly bunkbed – Kura, Kritter & Trofast

When Georgie first switched to a toddler bed about two and a half years ago, we bought her a Kritter bed from Ikea, which has been really great and has years of life in it yet. Since we moved in here about a year ago, we have been considering long term plans for the girls’ bedroom. I have already posted about their finished room, but I thought I would just go into a bit more detail about what we’ve done with the Ikea furniture.

We started off with the Kritter bed for Georgie and Lydia’s cot on each side of the room, and then eventually took the side off Lydia’s cot, cut & sanded it down, and screwed it back on to convert it to an unofficial cotbed. We knew that bunkbeds would be the most practical solution for the space when they were old enough, but our concern was to do with safety issues if we made the move too soon. Lydia couldn’t be in her hacked cotbed forever, and she already preferred to take her naps in her big sister’s bed.  

I did some research online and found some interesting ideas making bunkbeds with Kura beds and trofast stairs, and thought we could do something with this, using Georgie’s Kritter bed for the bottom bunk. We knew it was important not to put the bottom mattress straight onto the floor, and our main concern was Lydia (who has only just turned two) being able to climb up to the top bunk but then getting stuck and falling trying to go back down the ladder. 

I did lots of planning in my filofax of what I wanted to achieve, and there was lots of looking up measurements and figuring out how best to use the space. In the end, we used the following items:

Ikea hack kura bunkbed with kritter bed & trofast - what you need

So, to start with I just built the Kura bed frame and put it into position, then we put the Trofast steps against that, replacing the ladder with more toddler-friendly stairs. All of Georgie’s clothes are stored inside this unit in Trofast storage boxes, and she loves being able to get her own clothes out in the morning.

Ikea Kura bunkbed

We sawed off the legs of the Kritter bed, and put it back together, to make a bottom bunk that has enough clearance for both Lydia and Georgie to climb on and off safely – we want Lydia to be able to sit up in bed without banging her head!

We then shortened the two Trofast units by one drawer height before putting them together, so they would fit under the Kura bed. To do this we basically sawed off the top of each upright and then redrilled them lower down for the screws and dowel rods.

Cutting down to size and drilling the trofast - kura bunkbed hack

Cutting kritter bed down to size - kura bunkbed hack

kritter bed and trofast under the kura bed

There is a gap between the wall and Lydia’s bed as the Kritter bed is so much narrower than the Kura, so we filled this with Lydia’s extensive collection of cushions and soft toys that she likes to sleep with. We were able to relocate a few that had spread themselves around the house back into their bedroom too – it works as a toy storage space as well as stopping her falling down the gap in her sleep.

Lydia in her Kritter bed under the Kura

I put in three drawers at the top of each of the Trofast units at the bottom of Lydia’s bed, and then used the bottom section for board book storage. Lydia likes to read in bed so this allows her to get suitable books on her own.

Trofast storage and kritter bed under the Kura bed - kura bunkbed ikea hack

 

Reading books - kura bunkbed ikea hack

To make the banister, we cut up the side from Lydia’s old cot and then fixed it to the Trofast unit and also to the Kura bunk, for stability. It is fixed with brackets, bolts, screws and some nails – that thing isn’t going anywhere! I sanded the sawn off edges right down so they are rounded, and sawed a slot into the lower top bar so the upright it sits against slots into it.

Stairs using Trofast unit and an old cot side - kura bunkbed ikea hack

A Kura bed tent makes the top bunk more exciting for Georgie, and Kusiner wall pockets give Georgie somewhere to keep toys and other bits & pieces close by. The super cheap Försiktig step stool is the finishing touch, giving the girls an extra boost up to the bottom step.

Other Ikea products in their room: Hampen rug, Ivar shelving, Drona boxes, Kusiner mesh basket, Lilla potty, Glis toy storage table (discontinued).

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18 thoughts on “Our “Ikea Hack” toddler-friendly bunkbed – Kura, Kritter & Trofast

    1. Thank you! We are really pleased with it and it is working out really well, they are sleeping great and enjoying their room as a place to hang out in too, which they’ve never really done much before.

    1. Thanks Donna – we’re really proud of ourselves, this was our first major DIY project and it’s turned out so well, the kids are delighted with their new bunkbed.

    1. Thank you! They only have a small room which is a bit of an odd shape, so I’m really pleased with how this turned out. They adore it!

  1. That’s brilliant, you’ve so much storage and I love the way you’ve done the staircase up to the top bunk. Great designing and a lovely result that really uses space incredibly well 🙂

    1. Thank you! The girls are so delighted with it, they spend ages climbing from one bed to the other moving toys and books around! It’s a really small and weird shaped room so I’m so glad that it turned out so well in the space.

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. Sorry it’s taken a few days to get back, it’s been a busy weekend!

      If you include the IKEA mattress we used to have on the Kritter bed before getting the one pictured (we got the newer one for review purposes), then the total cost of IKEA furniture & accessories is around the £435 mark. That includes both beds, two mattresses, and all the storage furniture & boxes.

      As we already had the Kritter bed and a mattress for it, our IKEA shopping bill came to around £340 for the extra furniture etc. We spent a little on the extra bolts and hardware for making the banister, and the wood for that is a recycled cot side so didn’t cost us anything.

      1. Thanks! I was gone ask you about the banister. We moving in to house in a few month and will keep this blog in mind.

        thanks
        again

        Joakim

  2. So glad to have come across this impressive hack! My boys (age 4 and 1) share a room similar in size and shape to your girls and I’ve been contemplating doing something like this. Great to see it accomplished and really working for the space.

    1. I should imagine so. As long as you have the bottom mattress off the floor, that’s the important thing. For us it was a case of using the toddler bed we already had, and adding the trofast underneath as well as it would fit perfectly.

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it!

  3. Wow I love it it’s totally genius…

    Just a question, why didn’t you put the bottom mattress directly on the floor or on a slat of wood like the ones they sell at ikea for around 20$

    I’m just curious as we have that going right now for our 2 and 3 year old… but our 3 year or is very motor and never needed stairs. But now wed like to put our 7 month old in their room when she turns 1 and our 2 year old could use stairs as she is a bit less of a good climber…just trying to figure out what are the advantages of using a bed and cutting off the legs vs mattress directly on a slat of wood like we did. Thanks looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that

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