“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Bed frame „
This Ikea Malm bed is a double bed frame made of real wood veneers around thick fibreboard. It is available in three sizes, 140cm x 200cm, 160cm x 200cm and 180cm x 200cm. It is worth noting that the Ikea sizing of beds is different to the standard UK double/ queen/ king sizes and so this limits the choice of where you can buy mattresses and also sheets etc from, so that is definitely worth baring in mind. Its available it five different wood colours, birch, oak, black-brown, white and white stained oak. There are many other furniture pieces that match in the MALM range from ikea.
It looks stylish and substantial. It gives the feel that its of higher quality than it actually is. Its very sturdy and because there is a large range of matching you can fill your whole bedroom with matching cheap furniture.
As with nearly all Ikea furniture this bed requires a lot of assembly, and comes with the ubiquitous Ikea picture instructions, if you are used to doing these sort of projects you will be fine, but if you struggle with flat pack furniture you may require someone's help and advice who is more competent in this. Its also definitely a two man job. Some of the separate pieces are very heavy, even by themselves, and once the bed is made up its virtually impossible to move! Having said that we have moved house with it 4 times and its withstood all this taking apart and putting back together very well, and is probably easier than a frame which can not be taken apart.
The downside to this product is that the corners at the base of the bed are very sharp, i have caught my shin on them many times, as have my children. There is a large amount of wasted space under the bed, though as the sides of the frames come down quite low its not really suitable to put storage boxes under. The frame itself is about 7cm all the way around, adding a slight bulk if space is at a total premium. The lack of storage was its ultimate demise in our house and after having used it for 10+ years we had to replace it with another bed that was slimmer and had built in underneath storage when we moved to a smaller house.
The plus sides are that as its 2 metres in depth is longer than a UK standard double size which my husband insists he needs as he is 6 foot 2 inches and hate having his feet hanging over the bed. It is very easy to keep clean, with just a few flat surfaces, and the height of the mattress can be adjusted - although even at the highest setting the bed is still lower than a lot of UK beds.
The price retails at £125 for the smallest of the beds, £140 for the 160cm version and £160 for the largest size. This is very good value for money. We bought our 160cm oak veneer bed from a IKEA in another european country 10 years ago for around £100 so the price has not incresed much over this time. Also from experience it has a good second hand value and keeps its price well as 10 years later we sold this bed for £60....so for 10 years of use it cost us just £40!
***Why we bought this product***
We liked the look of this product, and at the time it fitted into our bedroom easily, and being students it was one of not so many options that fitted within our budget. Also we needed a bed there and then rather than having the 6 week wait or more you often get from bed retailers, which is another great thing about IKEA, you get to take the product away with you the same day.
***Would i buy it again?***
Actually i think i would look for a bed with built in storage, but if this isnt an issue for you then i would recommend this bed as its served us very well.
I had been debating changing my old bed frame for a while and had never gotten round to it but when I saw this bed frame in display in ikea I immediately fell in love with it. I loved the sleek look of it and the straight lines looked very modern and minimalist and I knew would fit the decor of my room perfectly. I already had several pieces of malm furniture and knew the quality and build to be good so had no hesitation in snapping this up.
The bed cost £125 which I think is excellent value considering how sturdy and stylish this bed is once built. It comes in 5 different colours - white, white oak veneer, oak veneer, black brown, Birch veneer- so there is a look to suit everyones taste. I bought the black brown one to match in with existing furniture but I feel the oak veneer one is the nicest looking of all the options.
Building the bed took my husband quite some time but as always the ikea instructions were easy to follow and once built we are very impressed. It would have been quicker and easier with two people but DIY is definitely not by forte so my poor husband had to soldier in and do it on his own.
While this review is for a malm double bed it should be nited that its really not a standard double (135x190cm) as the ikea version is 140 x 200 cm so slightly larger all round. However we use our existing double mattress with this bed and find the fit to be prefectly acceptable. There is a slight gap between the mattress and the bed frame all the way around but I use a king size duvet cover and tuck it in the bed frame which I find fills this gap nicely. Of course you could alleviate the problem entirely by buying an idea mattress but it's not necessary in order to have this bed.
This bed has been used for us for over a year now and we are very happy overall with the quality of it. It feels heavy, sturdy and robust and I definitely think that if looked after it will last for quite some time. We have moved the furniture around twice in the time and unfortunately one if the corners was damaged during moving And is now chipped. It was not handled badly and I am supposed it chipped that easily and for that reason alone I have debuted a star from my overall rating.
When our bed recently broke after I got in it, I tried not to take it personally that it was down to my pregnancy weight gain! My husband assured me the bed had been on its way out for a while, and the support underneath didn't seem to like our new wooden floor, and kept sliding about all over the place, weakening the base. With that in mind, when we replaced it, we were looking for something with a sturdy base which wouldn't slip on the wooden floor, but with a baby on the way we couldn't afford to spend a huge amount.
A trip to Ikea solved our problem, with this bed not only looking sturdy, but it is also part of the Malm range which matches our wardrobes and a couple of other pieces of furniture we have from there. Our spare bed is from Ikea, and that has lasted years, so we didn't ponder too much over the quality, having had mainly good experiences with Ikea furniture.
The first thing to mention is that Ikea's bed sizes are slightly different to the standard size, so although this is the closest thing they have to a double, it is slightly larger than a double bed frame. We were told about this when we enquired about it in store, although I was already aware of this as I know their duvet covers are slightly different to standard sizes. The result of this is that the mattress sits in the frame and there is a slight gap all the way around, but once the bed is made it isn't noticeable as it's covered by the duvet, and the mattress doesn't move around once in the frame, so I wouldn't let this put you off if your mattress is a standard size rather than being from Ikea.
The bed frame is available in a range of colours, including oak veneer, birch veneer, black-brown, white and white stained oak veneer, so there should be a colour to suit every bedroom colour scheme. We chose the oak because that matches the other furniture we have from the range. It's available in three sizes, with the nearest to a double being 140 x 200cm, and after that the sizes increase to 160 and 180 by 200 cm which I presume is king and superking, although I'd advise checking the size of your mattress before buying. The prices are £125, £140, and £160 for the respective sizes, although it's worth knowing that you need to buy the bed slats and midbeam frame separately which will add to the cost. In total, the smallest size cost us around £140.
Assembly of the bed frame did require two people, as it's quite large (obviously) so unless you have arms as long as Mr Tickle, you'll struggle to do this by yourself. I was only involved in holding various pieces whilst my husband did the putting together, however, but it did look quite easy and took about an hour in total.
The base of the bed is adjustable, so you can choose whether to have the mattress high or low. We opted for the low one as this is what we were used to with our previous bed, and the sides of the bed are quite high so it looked good sitting in the base of the bed rather than rising over the top. I guess it could be useful to have the base higher if you had a mattress which was slightly thinner than standard.
In use, the bed frame is solid, and the issue of the movement caused by our wooden floor has been solved by the fact the headboard and bottom of the bed are long wooden frames, rather than the bed being on four flimsy legs. As I mentioned, the mattress doesn't move even though it's slightly smaller than the frame, and with the mattress sitting at the lower height, I find it a good height to get in and out of. The only slightly annoying thing is that I often forget the bottom of the bed has a solid base, so if I'm walking over to stroke the cat for example, I often stub my toes on the base as I'm used to there being a gap all the way round my old bed! I think I'll probably get used to this in time, and as this is a feature which makes the bed more solid, I can't complain too much.
I'm really pleased with this purchase, and we were lucky at the time to pick up a matching headboard unit which they were discontinuing (no longer on the website but may be available at a discount in store) which sits at the back of the bed and has pull out drawers to the side. This makes the bed look even more sturdy, and although it's only from Ikea I think it looks quite stylish. I would recommend this bed for anyone looking for decent quality on a budget.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)