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I actually really like Ikea furniture as a whole and though some people may turn their nose up at flat packed, self-assembly furniture, I have no problems. As a general rule, everything we have bought from Ikea (with the exception of one very dodgy mirror) has been excellent quality and value for money.
We decided we needed a new bed frame about eighteen months ago as we'd had the same one since we were married (in 2000) so it was a little bit past it's best. We bought the Malm bed frame at the same time as we bought the Aneboda wardrobes as my husband was finally getting around to sorting out or rather old fashioned looking bedroom.
I was after something sleek, stylish and modern looking, and though I had found the 'perfect' bed frame at a well known department store, it was just far too much money and so we decided on the Malm self-assembly package from Ikea.
This frame could be delivered to our house but we actually managed to fit it onto the roof rack of our Honda CRV quite nicely. It rattled about a bit during transit (13 mile journey up the A1) but once home, it was intact and I'm happy to report that all pieces (screws and fittings etc) were in place and the instructions were relatively simple to follow.
I suppose that this bed frame might have been quicker to assemble f I had helped out, but I have found through past experience that it's actually far better to keep out of my husband's way whenever he is assembling flat pack furniture. There were different finishes to choose from with the Malm bed but we chose the light birch colour as this looked best with our light coloured wardrobes. The bed we bought was a double version (obviously) though this also comes in a single sized version. The reason I liked this bed so much to look at was because our previous frame had looked quite chunky and old fashioned with a high headboard and an equally high footboard. I had heard that a lower / shorter footboard might give the room a more spacious feel and this fitted the bill perfectly as the height of the footboard is only 30cm whilst the headboard is 77cm.
Our bedroom is on the small side, however, and as the morning progressed and I sat downstairs drinking my cup of tea I could clearly hear my husband banging and clashing about upstairs on the laminate floor. I crept up to see how he was progressing and he had the frame knocked together in just over an hour then he was ready to lay all the slats across the middle. This actually seemed to be the trickiest part of the whole procedure as our room is so small, there wasn't a great deal of space to maneuver the slats around and getting them into place meant that he kept on banging the ends of the wood against the bedroom walls, creating a bit of damage to the walls themselves and cursing as he knew he'd have to paint over the damage afterwards.
About another 45 minutes later the frame and the slats were in place and the next surprise came when we tried to place our existing mattress across the bed, only to find that it was way too short in the length. It would seem that Swedish mattresses are actually a good bit longer than our own so we then made another trip back to Ikea for a mattress that would fit. The one we wanted wasn't in stock so we had to wait a week for delivery and resorted to sleeping on the short mattress in the meantime, which meant that you could see the slats at the bottom of the bed, where our old mattress just wasn't able to reach.
Eighteen months later, however, and I have to say that it looks great, it 's modern sleek and stylish but my husband complains just about every morning when he gets out of bed that he's knocked his right knee against eh wooden corner of the frame where it sticks out. Personally, I don't have a problem with this and I think he's just clumsy, but it does stick out further than our old one used to.
It cleans well and I just wipe over the sides with a clean damp cloth and there are no knocks and scratches or any scuff marks and it looks as good now as it did the day it was constructed.
Price wise I can't realty remember how much it cost us at the time, as we also had Ikea gift cards, but I believes it was just over £100. It's great value for money, well made and very sturdy and I really recommend it if you are looking for a sleek and modern looking bed frame.
My partner and I moved into our house about 7 months ago and our bed broke in transit. As a result we spent six months sleeping on a matress on the floor as we couldn't afford to buy a new bed. We recently acquired, secondhand, a malm ikea bed and have found it surprisingly comfy.
I love antique furniture and solid wood furniture, and so I was surprised at how much I actually like the bed. My previous experience with ikea furniture hasn't been brilliant with problems starting to show after a couple of weeks. But so far this one seems far more durable than the other pieces that I have had.
The biggest problem that we both have with the bed is how frequently we bang our ankles or leg on the low down frame or on the sharp corners of the bed. The bed being a few years old seems to be showing no signs of falling apart and was simple and straight forward to put together.
All in all, the bed is solid and comfy. Perfect for people on a budget. Just make sure to watch your ankles!
I have recently done a few reviews on Malm furniture. To be more specific I wrote about Malm drawers which I purchased from Ikea around five years ago. Along with the sets of drawers I have also used one of these Malm beds, again one that I purchased from Ikea. Hence I thought I might as well review this as well while I have the chance. This was a bed I used for a few years although it's not one that I still make use of. The bed I had was a single bed but I am pretty sure they also do double beds and maybe even a king size version of the same bed.
The bed that I had came in black which matched the sets of drawers that I also had. I do believe though that you can also get the same version of this bed in a few other colours such as white, cream and brown. The bed comes flat pack as I nearly always the case with Ikea furniture. One thing I do remember about this bed is that it was quite heavy when still in the box, so if you are going to buy one of these you may need a helping hand in moving it around.
As it comes flat pack I should probably mention what it is like to build. As with all the Ikea furniture I have ever had to put up this was once again pretty easy. The instructions are easy to follow and as long as you stick to the pictures you can work things out pretty easily. All the interlocking screws and the little tools you need are included when you buy the bed so it really is very easy to put together. I did get someone to help me do this but I imagine that if I had to I would have had no problem doing it myself.
So once the bed is up, how does it rate? Well I do like the look of the bed, its a very simple design but quite elegant in some ways. There is a large headboard which I would sit up and lean against if I was reading in bed and overall it is pretty good to sleep in. I also like the fact that there is a little bit of room underneath which is handy for storing things in.
One thing that did take some getting used to is the fact that there is a wooden section on the edge that overhangs the mattress. This means when getting out of bed you would sometimes catch yourself on the bare wood. This took a little bit of getting used to. That said though it did provide a handy platform to store things like my mobile phone on.
Another thing that was an issue with this be is the sharp corners. I have lost count of the amount of times I would bump into this and stub my toe. It's not a good bed if you are clumsy or prone to late night toilet trips. However, the fact is this is something I was aware of when I bought the bed so I can't really complain.
Overall then this bed has been very good. It lasted a good few years and when I got rid of it the bed was still in very good condition. It was not expensive to buy and so very good value and an all round good strong bed. If you want a simple easy to put up bed then this is one that you should not go far wrong with.
Malm Bed, Ikea.
Back in November 2012 my partner and I moved into our new flat and as a result of this we needed a new bed frame as the one in our old flat belonged to the landlady. We chose to buy this bed in particular because it seemed like the best one out of the choice in Ikea and we also liked the matching chest of drawers which I have already reviewed.
The Malm bed is sold without the mattress, although you can buy this at the same time if you want, we didn't as we already had a mattress we also purchased in Ikea ages ago. The bed is available in three different sizes and a few colour varieties including oak, birch and black to name a few, we chose the birch effect. The sizes of the bed frame are 140 x 200cm, 160 x 200cm and 180 x 200cm. We chose the 160 x 200cm frame as it suited the mattress we already had.
As always it was me who was building the furniture, but as you can imagine with an item so large I did require a little help from my partner for a few parts. The bed came flat packed in more heavy boxes than I care to remember! I'm sure there was around 5 boxes and a chunky metal bar which came unwrapped. Inside one of the boxes was a set of Ikea printed instructions which consists only of pictures to show you how to assemble your furniture. The instructions showed me I was going to need a few more tools other than the allen key they had included, luckily I was prepared for this and had my tool kit on standby with a screwdriver and hammer at the ready.
First of all I did the mammoth task of taking everything out of the boxes, identifying all of the pieces and checking we had them all before I started, this also made the building process a lot easier and quicker for me. I have built 3 beds in my life, 2 of them bunk beds and then one just a regular double bed so I knew roughly what to expect with this one. The first part of the assembly process is the main frame of the bed, following the instructions I began with the headboard and followed the various steps until I was sitting surrounded by a huge rectangle in the room. It was building the frame which required the help of my partner as the long beams of wood for the sides of the frame are quite heavy and needed supporting while I positioned the panel at the bottom of the bed. Once the main frame was built I had to place a metal runner along each of the long beams, these were going to be the support for the bed base and eventually hold the mattress, There were two options of where to position these runners so you have a choice of how high you want your mattress, I would say there isn't really a great deal of difference between the two heights but that will also depend on how thick your mattress is, we decided to get a tape measure and measure the mattress just to be sure we had picked the right height as the instructions aren't exactly clear at this point. We chose the lowest height which looked to us as if the mattress would be half in the frame and half above it, so kind of normal.
Fitting the runners was where it all started to go downhill...
Due to the fact that the runners are fitted after the main frame has been assembled you will be pushed for space and have to deal with awkward angles to screw in the screws which hold the runners. After spending ages fiddling around with these screws I think I would recommend that you try to put the runners on the beams before you assemble the main frame, at least this way you wont have the awkward corner angles to contend with!
...And then the temper was lost!
After the frustration of the runner bars I took a little break to relax as I knew the next part looked even more fiddly! The next part involved two metal plates and four adjustable metal bars. The metal plates needed to be screwed onto the head and foot boards and then the extending metal bars needed to fit diagonally from these plates to the sides of the bed to form an almost diamond shape and give the frame more support. The first problem I encountered was screwing the first two bars to the metal plate which I had attached to the head board as the instructions had told me to, I then needed to use these ridiculously small screws to secure the bars into place. The screws were so small it was virtually impossible to keep them in place while you get the screwdriver to them and I admit it, my temper went and the language was, as my partner described, "lovely!" It was ridiculous and I encountered the same problems at the foot end too, but this time I had been given a cup of tea and told to take a break, which I agreed was probably a good idea. Half an hour later I returned to the bed and continued with the stupid screws and eventually I managed to screw them all in to a point which I thought was enough although it was not quite all of the way in. I then needed to fit into place a large and heavy metal bar which fitted between the metal plates at the head and foot. This bar is the main supporting beam of the bed and was easily clipped into place with no problems.
The next part was nice and easy and a simple case of fitting the slatted base together. This is an easy task but does require two people as the slats pop out of place if a second person isn't holding them. In my opinion the slats we were provided with didn't resemble the ones in the instructions but they seemed to fit together in the same way. The slats came in two sets, each set had a separate box containing all of the wooden slats, a length of looped material and two lengths of rubber which had holes for holding the slats. We needed to insert the slats into the rubber and then slide the looped material over the slats to secure them before placing the other length of rubber over the other end of the slats. This process was really easy, especially if compared to the rest of the building process! It only took around 10 minutes to do both sets of slats and place them onto the bed base.
Finally, after almost 4 hours (if you include the half an hour cup of tea break) the bed frame was complete and all that was left to do was pop our mattress into place. I would say building time might be quicker if you have two people but due to the awkwardness and sheer stupidness of some of the aspects of building you may end up arguing so I'd recommend having one person building and the other simply on hand for the parts which need two people and for cup of tea duties!
The weight of the complete unit according to the Ikea website is just over 60kg, I haven't tried to lift the bed as it is too big but I know from sliding it into place that it is very chunky, it feels very heavy and it took quite a bit of effort to move it.
As the mattresses are sold separately for the Malm bed it is hard to say how good the bed is in terms of comfort as most of the comfort comes from the mattress! So, from a bed frame and base point of view I can say that we have had the bed since November and so far we have had no problems at all. The bed is a good height, it isn't so high that you need to put an effort into getting into bed but at the same time it isn't so low that you feel as if you are lying on the floor. The bed is also the perfect height for me to be able to put my book on the floor without having to worry about the thud of it hitting the floor waking my partner. I don't put it on my bedside table as this is usually occupied by a drink, a lamp, a photo of my dog and my phone as the alarm clock so there isn't enough space for a book as well!
The bed still feels stable and from what I can tell the screws are holding it together well, even the ones I got annoyed with and didn't screw in all of the way! The bed is sturdy and doesn't squeak or wobble when you move and the overall quality of the bed is really good.
Personally I think the bed looks good too. We have the matching drawers for this bed and overall I think they fit well and look good together in our bedroom. I like the way the mattress is slightly raised above the frame and I like that the frame is so chunky that it provides a little shelf area for my bookmark while I am reading or for my phone when I've put it in snooze mode in the morning!
So, there has to be at least one fault with the bed as nothing ever seems to be perfect! The fault I have with the bed is that while the bed is raised enough to give some under-bed storage space, the frame of the bed comes quite low and therefore limits how much storage space you can actually use. I have found that I can fit shoe boxes under the bed with no problems at all, they are the right height to simply slide under, but anything larger than a shoe box we need to lift the bed so that we can push the item away from the frame as it wont slide underneath and it needs to be near the centre of the bed to be able to fit. Not exactly a major problem I know, but still worth mentioning as some may need under-bed storage.
We bought the Malm bed in Ikea here in Krakow and I don't remember the price we paid as we were busy buying so many items at the time, but I know it was reasonable and fitted within our budget. I have checked on Ikeas UK website and it tells me that you can buy the bed in the UK for £140 for the same 160 x 200cm size which we have, or £125 for the 140 x 200cm and £160 for the 180 x 200cm.
Would I Recommend?
I would recommend the Malm Bed, I think it looks good and feels nice and solid once built. Building the bed is a bit of a nightmare at certain points and out of all of the beds I have built in the past I would say this was the most stressful and therefore it will loose one star and I will give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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As the bed in our previous flat was a cloth covered thing and we hated it, my husband and I were sure we wanted to get a pretty wooden one this time. Initially I started looking for beds with a storage option, but in the end we decided on this one.
We got the double bed of size 140 x 200 cm for £ 119 including the bed base and midbeam, which there is an option of changing and buying a different one. As with all Ikea products, it came flat packed. As we bought a lot of things from Ikea we had it all delivered but I am certain you would have difficulties in picking this and transporting it in a car and especially transporting it upstairs if you happen to live in a flat.
This bed comes in four colours- white, black,oak and birch.
Assembled, the bed size is 211 cm X 157 cm, with the footboard 30 cm high and the headboard 77cm high. There are detailed assembly instructions along with the product, with nice pictorial demonstration so it is quite easy to follow, although rather time consuming unless you regularly do this kind of thing. It also requires at least two people to comfortably complete the job.
Once assembled,it is quite firm and sturdy. The bed is made of particleboard/fibreboard and caoted with acrylic paint. Cleaning is easy- wipe with a damp cloth. I must say that it does tend to get dented and nicked if you hit it with sharp or heavy objects.
The design of the bed is minimal, with just plain clean straight lines. It is simple, sleek and modern and I like it very much. It suits my bedroom very well.
The height of the sides is adjustable, so you can position the bed as preferred. The bed base seems to be holding up well, even with a bit of jumping around.
I am very happy with this purchase, and would recommend it to you.
With second son off to university, I decided to completely tidy and revamp his bedroom as I could never really get into the room while he was there!
We needed a new bed but didn't want to spend a small fortune on something he would probably not use that often and which would become a spare bed. I knew I wanted something more suitable for a boy and which would offer good support so we firstly bought the thick and sturdy mattress and then looked for a bed which had adjustable sides and so could take a thick mattress.
The bed costs £99 and included in this price are the slats although if you prefer not to have slats but to have a solid base then £20 can be deducted and a different base bought.
The bed can be bought in black or white, although we bought the black one. It's a nice black and rather than being just matte black, it almost looks as though it has a very slight wood grain. It is quite sleek in design with a solid frame and has no fancy bits, so it does look very modern.
ASSEMBLING THE BED...
The bed comes packaged in a couple of flat boxes and did fit in the car without too much trouble. Once opened, we found all of the screws and bits and pieces necessary to assemble the bed as well as a full set of clear instructions.
It was apparently relatively easy to assemble and Himself got it all put up in a couple of hours and without too much stress!
Length: 211 cm
Width: 107 cm
Footboard height: 30 cm
Headboard height: 77 cm
Mattress length: 200 cm
Mattress width: 90 cm
HOW TO LOOK AFTER IT...
Wipe clean with a damp cloth and then wipe dry
WHAT'S IT MADE OF?...
Bed frame: Particleboard, Fibreboard, Acrylic paint, Foil
Slatted bed base: Layer glued slats: Birch veneer, Foil
We added a nice thick mattress to the bed and the sides were easily raised to accommodate this without the bed looking as though its all mattress.
The bed looks and feels sturdy and solid and the design matches the colour of the room. I have also added some of the matching furniture so the room has a modern feel.
A reasonably priced bed which is good quality and easily assembled.
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