Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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Ikea Malm Bed
Member Name: loulou22
Ikea Malm Bed
Advantages: Looks good. Nice quality.
Disadvantages: Assembly! Lack of under-bed storage.
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.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: Night night, sleep tight!
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