Transform Your Space with an IKEA Reading Nook Hack and DIY Storage Bed Idea

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Are you looking to create a cozy and functional space in your home without breaking the bank? Combining an IKEA reading nook hack with a DIY storage bed idea is the perfect solution. This dynamic duo not only maximizes your space but also adds a touch of personal charm to your home. Today, I will show you how you can achieve this transformation.

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

IKEA reading nook hack with DIY storage bed underneath and arched bookcase
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The Ultimate IKEA Reading Nook Hack

Creating a reading nook is a beautiful way to carve out a peaceful retreat in your home, whether it’s a guest bedroom, kid bedroom, or just a reading space! With IKEA’s affordable and versatile furniture options, you can craft a perfect reading nook that suits your style and needs. Here’s how to get started:

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Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Choose the Right Spot: Find a quiet corner in your home, preferably near a window for natural light. As we did with this bedroom space, you may have a unique opportunity.
  2. Select Your Base: The IKEA Sektion wall cabinets are an ideal base. It provides both a seating area and storage.
  3. Build it in: Whether you’re making a bench seat or bed, you’ll want to integrate it into your space and even customize it.
  4. Add a Cushion/Mattress: Top the unit with a comfortable cushion or mattress. You can find ready-made options or create a custom one to match your decor.
  5. Accessorize with Pillows and Throws: Enhance the comfort and aesthetic with cozy pillows and a soft throw blanket.
  6. Incorporate Lighting: A small reading lamp or fairy lights can add a warm, inviting glow to your nook.
  7. Personalize Your Space: Add a small side table for your books and a cup of tea, and decorate with plants or personal mementos.
IKEA reading nook hack with DIY storage bed underneath and arched bookcase

Why You’ll Love This IKEA Reading Nook

  • Cost-Effective: Utilizing IKEA furniture keeps costs low while providing high functionality.
  • Customizable: Easily tailor the look and feel to match your style.
  • Space-Saving: Ideal for small spaces, turning unused corners into valuable real estate.

DIY Storage Bed: The Perfect Companion

Making your IKEA reading nook a DIY storage bed takes your space optimization to the next level. This idea is perfect for bedrooms or guest rooms where storage is essential.

Building Your DIY Storage Bed:

building ikea cabinets

Materials Needed:

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Assembly Steps:

installing the ikea cabinets on the 2x4 base for the reading nook hack
  1. Assemble the IKEA cabinets.
  2. Build a Base: You will likely want to build a 2×4 base for the cabinets to sit on. This base allows you to add baseboard/trim and stops your cabinet drawers or doors from scraping along the floor (especially if they are not level).
    • Attach this base to the floor and add the cabinets on top.
building the 2x4 frame along the wall joining the ikea cabinets for the reading nook hack
  1. Frame the Bed: Use IKEA Sektion cabinets to create the base of your bed. Arrange them to form a rectangle, ensuring there’s enough support for the mattress.
front view of the ikea cabinets with the framing and part of the top, showing the inside of the hidden storage at the back of the diy storage bed

For our space, we used the IKEA cabinets along the front of the bed with drawers for storage. Then, the back part of the bed needs framing with 2x4s for support. We even added a hidden lift-top for extra storage using a piano hinge.

    front view of the ikea cabinets with the framing and hinge door top, showing the inside of the hidden storage at the back of the diy storage bed
    1. Secure the Units: Fasten the cabinets together with screws and screw through the bottom of the cabinets into the 2×4 base to secure them.
    2. Add the Top: Place a piece of plywood over the cabinets to serve as the bed’s platform. Ensure that 2x4s along the back support this if the cabinets have no support. Secure it in place.
    finished diy storage bed for the ikea reading nook hack
    1. Finishing Touches: Paint or stain the wood if desired. Add your mattress on top, and you’re all set! We painted everything in the room (excluding the IKEA cabinets). The White Dove by Benjamin Moore paint colour is usually a good match for these cabinet fronts.
          DIY storage bed and IKEA reading nook hack with installed arch bookcase on one end

          Benefits of a DIY Storage Bed

          • Maximized Storage: Perfect for storing extra bedding, clothes, or other items, keeping your room clutter-free.
          • Customizable Design: Adjust the size and finish to match your room’s decor.
          • Budget-Friendly: Save money by using affordable materials and doing it yourself.
          Freshly painted DIY storage bed and IKEA reading nook hack with installed arch bookcase on one end

          Bringing It All Together

          Combining an IKEA reading nook hack with a DIY storage bed idea creates a blend of comfort, style, and practicality. You’ll enjoy a serene spot for relaxation and ample storage space, all while showcasing your DIY skills. These projects are perfect for anyone looking to make the most of their living space with creativity and a personal touch.

          Following these steps and tips, you can transform any room into a multifunctional haven. Happy decorating!

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