Skip to Content

Griffin’s Ikea Hack


It was a hot summer day and I desparately needed an activity to entertain my toddler. Pam cracked up as I tolder her I was enroute to Ikea so my son could burn some energy. Turns out a trip to Ikea’s children’s section is equivalent to a day at the park for him and a successful shopping trip for me! We managed to spend most of our time in the show room where the Kura Bed was on display. I find it funny how every time I visit that crazy Sweedish megastore, I stare at this bed and think, what can I do with a bright “Ikea blue” loft. We’ll now I’ll take cue from Griffin’s mom Aliza and paint it brown…Genius!

Design Inspiration

My son’s love of color, and our shared love of nature.

Decorating Style

Clean, modern, and fun!

Project Details

  • Wall decals by Wall Candy Arts for NotNeutral
  • Kura Bed and framed prints from Ikea (We sanded/spray painted the blue pieces of the bed to be brown. When he’s older this Ikea bed can be flipped upside down to create a low bunk/loft with play space or room for a second mattress on the floor.)
  • Ceiling lamp and bedding from Land of Nod
  • Sling bookshelf from Target / KidKraft
  • Balloon mobile by Flensted Mobiles
  • Low VOC paint from Olympic

Favorite Items

I think the wall decals and ceiling lamp really make the room… but the duvet cover gave me the color palate. It’s so hard to pick just one!


Saturday 14th of August 2010

I love it! I plan on getting this bed for my daughter but didn't even think to paint it.  What type of paint did you use?


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Mayii says:

September 5, 2009 at 11:33 pm 

I just got a kura bed for my daughter last week after a year of staring at the bed every time we go Ikea.. I have all these ideas on how to decorate the bed until I stated putting them together. Aside from “no words just picture” instructions I had to stop when I did the part where i have to screw the top side of the steps… One hole is not in the right place! I am just wondering if you have any difficulties putting up this Kura bed. Thank you


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Nicole Feliciano says:

August 24, 2009 at 10:25 am 

I love this room.And I love that it was sourced from Ikea. In today’s economy we can’t all custom order everything this is a nice blend of personal and items that are affordable.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Aliza says:

August 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

Thanks Bibzees! The flooring is made by Alloc… It’s the “Trendline” pattern. This flooring is similar to Pergo, but it is commercial grade, pretty much indestructible. We originally wanted hardwood but couldn’t put that down because of very high moisture levels in our concrete slab subfloor. But we love the look and extreme durability of this product.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

bibzees says:

August 19, 2009 at 5:46 am

More great and affordable finds from IKEA…so glad they just came to Tampa! Have to say that the decals, and light fixture are my favorite in this terrific room. It has so much visual appeal but at the same time uncluttered, allowing plenty of play space. The floors look great too, what are they?