“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Bed frame „
Last year I moved into a new unfurnished flat with my boyfriend so I needed to purchase a new double bed and I thought that going with a £50 metal bed frame would do the job, I was terribly wrong. The bed fell to bits and so did my temper. So after finally being able to afford a new frame I chucked the old one out and went to ikea to see if I could find myself a bargain and see the beds put together in the warehouse to actually see how strong the structure was as I wanted as much support as possible for £100 or less and needless to say for £79 I was over the moon with this bed frame. There are two columns of wooden slats both of which have thick and strong pieces of wood all the way down, more than you'd anticipate in fact just so it provides extra strength. The base is also supported by a criss cross metal structure to make sure that the support isn't solely relying on the wooden slats.
The slats are then hooked behind wooden pegs at the top and bottom of the frame to stop the mattress from dragging them out of place and give further firm support. However the bed is slightly lower and closer to the ground than average beds but not as low at futon style beds, I'd say somewhere in between, which for me is fine, it doesn't cause knee or back problems but the only down side is - if you rely on storage space being under your bed, standard sized boxes don't fit under there that easily so you may wish to opt for smaller items such as shoes to be tidied under the bed.
The colour of the frame is an ash washed wood effect that gives a nice calming effect, and the cut of the headboard reminds me of the orient and also a bit of art deco so it would suit a number of bedroom schemes. I have had bad experiences with double beds becoming creaky, snapping or being unstable after a couple of months and I haven't had to adjust or tighten anything as of yet and I purchased this bed in late 2011 so it's still new but it's still as good as the day I put it together.
All in all if you're strapped for cash and you've had the same luck as me with beds, I absolutely recommend this bed frame without a doubt. It is the strongest bed for how low the price is and the design is really attractive. You will also be able to find frame and mattress combination deals in store and on line however I advise going to a store if possible as delivery for beds from ikea are a little extortionate.
I have this Ikea Rykene king size bed in our spare bedroom. I really like Ikea beds, I think that they are superb quailty for the money, Ikea definately do bedroom furniture very very well.
The Rykene bed is available in two different sizes; a double - which is 140cm wide, and a king - which is 160cm wide. The double is priced at just £79.00. and the king at just £99.00. Both of these prices include the slats for the bottom of the base. These prices represent brilliant value for money. One thing that you do need to remember though about Ikea beds is that they are bigger than the standard UK bed sizes; UK doubles are typically 137cm wide, and UK kings are typically 152cm wide. This is especially important when you are buying a mattress and bedding to fit your new Ikea bed.
The Rykene range also has matching bedside tables at £19.99 each.
I chose the Rykene bed initially based on the price, I didn't want to spend an awfull lot of money on a bed that wouldn't get an awfull lot of use. Just occasional guests, and me sometimes if my husbands snoring gets too much for me! I am actually really really pleased with it though. It is a lovely sleek and simple wooden frame design. The wood is a nice unusual greyish brown colour. The headboard is a simple wooden open surround, with three steel metal tubes in the middle of the pillow space at each side to add a little bit interest and character to the design. Once the bed was actually up in the room I did decide to go back to Ikea and buy the matching bedside tables, I think that these set the bed off perfectly.
The Rykene bed is easy enough to assemble, my husband and I assembled the bed in around a couple of hours. There was none of the usual cursing that there normally is when assembling Ikea products! The only tools you need are a cross head and a flat head screwdriver. The bed is really quite sturdy when it is assembled, we have had it for about a year now, but it does seem like it will last for quite some time, especially as ours doesn't get that much use.
Overall for the money I am really impressed with the Rykene bed, I think that it looks much more expensive than it actually was, and it seems to be good quality for the price that we paid.
As I recently wrote a review of the mattress that I bought from Ikea when I moved to Germany, I decided that it would make sense to write one of the bedframe as well. Since my friend and I are only here in Leipzig for a total of five months, we didn't want to spend an absolute fortune on furniture, as it looks unlikely that we'll be able to sell it on, so when we went to Ikea we were on the lookout for the cheapest bed available. When we saw the Rykene double beds for the very reasonable price of 59 euros (although that price did not include the slats needed for the base) we snapped them up. We thought that these were attractive enough looking beds and since they were the cheapest available we were very happy with our choice.
I am in many ways your typical 21 year old girl and therefore, unsurprisingly, DIY and furniture assembly is not one of my secret talents. Fortunately my friend, for all her being on the surface more girly than me, had a lot more experience with putting furniture together and assured me that it wouldn't be too difficult. Well, that was true, and it wasn't. Despite us both working fairly solidly it still took about five hours for us to put the bed together, but I imagine a stronger person with more experience in the area would manage it significantly more quickly. The picture based instructions were easy enough to follow, but we found that subtle differences in planks of wood was hard to notice from the pictures, and so we ended up unscrewing and re-screwing different pieces together many times. The foot of the bed, for example, has one hole visible from what should be the outside of the frame, yet two more smaller holes on the inside. We did not notice this small detail on first putting these pieces together, and it was not adequately pointed out in the instructions, and so inevitably we put it the wrong way around. This then led to a bit of a faff but it was manageable. Unfortunately we did make another couple of mistakes on the first bed but they were all correctable, although it did take quite a while to remove certain wooden screws or nails at times. Despite having a bed each and putting one together first, we still found that we made mistakes on assembling the second, and so if you buy this bed I would recommend paying exceptionally close attention to the instructions to make sure you don't make an error that is awkward to correct.
Once we'd solved any problems, however, the bed wasn't a terrible effort to build. Ikea furniture is clearly cheaper for being flat pack and I was happy to spend the extra time to assemble it as opposed to spending another £150 or so on a preassembled bed or to have someone else put it up for me. Having said that, putting together the desks we also bought was considerably less effort and it was much easier to follow the instructions. Of course a bed is bigger than a desk but still, I would have been happier if the instructions for the bed had been as clear as those for the desk, as I probably wouldn't have made so many mistakes.
Once the bed was assembled I was very impressed with our handiwork. The bed looks precisely as it does in the photo provided and is very attractive and stylish looking. It is a simple enough design, but I really like the black posts in the headboard and the dark, almost grey colour of the wood. In my room I have a dark brown, wooden flooring and although the bed isn't the same colour, it does not clash with it. It also stands next to a white bedside table and a white desk and complements those as well. I don't imagine that the colour would clash with any particular colour of floor or furnishings, and if you managed to get other items to match then it would likely look even better. Especially considering the low price, I am very impressed with how this bed looks.
*Comfort, use, durability etc*
First of all, since I bought this bed back in late March but am having to leave it here at the end of July, I won't be able to comment upon how it lasts in the long term. I will say, however, that after four months there are no signs of scratching or weakening of the beams or any of its components and I would have high hopes of it lasting intact for at least a few years.
In terms of comfort, with the Fonnes mattress that I have previously reviewed, it is a comfortable bed indeed. The mattress fits perfectly and so if you buy a mattress from Ikea along with it then you should have no problem with getting the right size, although if you take measurements this should also not be a problem elsewhere. One thing I will say about the comfort, however, is that my bed does seem to creak a lot more than it should. It was put together in exactly the same way as my friend's, which does not creak at all, and despite me tightening parts that I think may be responsible, it has been to no avail. Perhaps I didn't put this bed together as well as I should have done, but I find this creak at least slightly annoying.
*Price and Availability*
Although I bought this bed in Germany it is also available to buy in Ikea stores in the UK. It costs £80.68 including the bed slats for a double bed (140cmx200cm) or £101.11 for a slightly wider version (160cmx200cm). Considering that I had to pay an extra 20 euros or so for the slats the German and British prices are comparable and I would say that they are equally reasonable.
In conclusion, this is a great bed for a great price, and I am very glad that I bought it. The instructions are at times confusing and it was a bit of a faff to put together and so I'm happier giving it four stars than five, but will still recommend it to anyone searching for a new bed. Also, if anyone knows anyone in the Leipzig area who wants this bed for cheap and can pick it up, let me know as I'm trying to sell it.
My daughter had an amazing metal framed bed with storage boxes which was serving her well until one day she and her pals were messing around and jumping on the frame and they somehow managed to bend it out of shape. The frame was broken beyond repair and so I needed to buy her a new bed frame straight away, as usual things break when I am broke so I was looking for a bargain bed. I had a look on the Ikea website and saw that they had single bed frames for as little as £30 so decided to make a trip through there and eventually decided on the Rykene frame which cost £45 for the single frame in the sale, the frames are currently on sale starting from £88.
The Rykene frame is a fairly simple solid wood frame with the body supported by wooden slats made of birch. It should be noted that the slats are not included in the price of the bed, it cost an extra £15 for the slats for a single bed.
Like almost all of Ikea's furniture it comes flat packed. I was shocked at how small the package was, it was a long thin package which needed to sit along the length of my car inbetween the seats which made driving home an interesting experience. It should fit into most cars with little trouble but if you have a small car it is worth noting that the bed is 200cm long so that is how long the package is.
Once we got the bed home it was time to build it up. Ikea instructions are really hard to follow with indecipherable diagrams instead of plain English telling you what to do but we still had the bed put together in around half an hour, the only tools needed were a screwdriver and hammer. I was sure that the slats were not going to hold the mattress in place properly because you simply place them on top of the frame instead of nailing them in place but they work really well, the slats are attached to each other by pieces of strong fabric.
The bed looks nice once it is built, the plain wood looks nice and the metal rods in the headboard add a bit of interest to an otherwise plain bed. The bed can be stained or painted but I think it looks good the way that it is and the wood is sanded smooth so no sharp edges or splinters to worry about. The smell of fresh wood lingered in my daughters room for weeks after the bed was built but since that is a fairly pleasant smell we did not mind.
It should be noted that the bed is 200cm long which is slightly longer than a standard single bed so there is a gap of around 4 to 6 inches left at either the top or the bottom of the frame using a standard single bed mattress but this does not cause any problems. My daughter's mattress needs replacing soon anyway and I will head to Ikea to get her new one, they are reasonably priced starting at about £60 for a basic model with the nicer ones costing more.
The bed sits quite low to the ground so there is not a huge amount of space for underbed storage, having said that I can fit an underbed storage box underneath with no problems.
The bed is really sturdy and good quality once it has been built and would easily take an adult weight and not just a child. In the months since we have owned the bed there have been no problems with the bed at all, the slats have stayed in place and the joints are all nice and firm and steady and I'm sure the bed will last for a long time. My daughter is happy with her bed and sleeps there happily, how comfortable you will be in the bed will largely depend on your choice of mattress but the frame is certainly good enough.
I'm very happy with the Rykene bed frame and would expect a bed of a similar quality to cost a lot more on the high street. The fact that it is made of solid wood means that it is nice and sturdy and will be hard wearing.