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Ikea Kura Reversible Bed
Member Name: jasminesarah
Ikea Kura Reversible Bed
Date: 28/08/08, updated on 09/09/08 (12599 review reads)
Advantages: The best quality in this price range, cool optional canopy
Disadvantages: Need space to construct, doesn't like being dismantled
My son fell in love with this one because of the optional canopy, which is dark blue with realistic looking stars design, available at an additional £10. (Can be seen on the Ikea website.) We bought both these items and had them delivered (not by Ikea but by a local company who offered the service and worked out much cheaper) along with a mattress. The Kura cabin bed can only have a mattress of maximum 12.7cm (I'm not sure why), which is unusually thin. I was concerned at first but it is very comfortable. The mattress we bought doesn't seem to be available any more but there are similar ones for about £25, which is what we paid for the one we have.
On delivery I set about putting it together. As is usual with Ikea products, the bed arrived in various flat packed boxes. Unlike some other companies (Argos, you know who you are) the instructions are simple (mostly pictures), all the parts were there, and everything fitted together really well. I put this together on my own (heroic as I am) with some "Quick, hold the other end of that! Pass me the allen key!" type help from my children. Ideally it requires 2 people. Construction was largely down to the use of sturdy screws and allen keys. I have to say I am always impressed with the precision and logic with which Scandinavian self assembly furniture fits together.
As well as being a cabin bed, there is also the (far less cool, but ideal for younger children) option of having it as an ordinary height bed, with the canopy far above. The clue is in the name - to change between options you simply flip the bed over. The instructions lead you to construct the bed in the low-bed position and then turn it over, if required, to be a cabin bed. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to do otherwise. This is not really a problem, especially if you have two people, and can clear the floor of lego and other obtacles! However, if you have a very small bedroom, you might want to check that there is physically enough space to do this! I did have a moment of panic and had to move several other pieces of furniture before it turned.
In the low position, this would be perfect as a first bed for a toddler, with the excitement of being able to upgrade to the high bed when older - about 6 is recommended before letting a child negotiate a ladder. As my son was 7 we went straight for the high option. I'd really recommend the canopy, which lets the bed become a tent, a space rocket - just about anything! It is designed specifically to fit this particular bed and snaps easily on and off, so can be removed for a change. Since my son got the bed, it has been the envy of the 3 year old son of a friend! I should also mention that the height is not the only 'reversible' option - the blue panels as pictured are white on the other side, and can be inserted either way round.
So far so good. Absolutely no complaints about this bed, it was easy to put up, comfortable to sleep in and very cool. There is loads of room underneath for a den, or the addition of an extra (or inflatable) mattress on the floor would make an ideal place for friends to sleep over. Draping sheets or blankets of course makes a proper den!
However, a year later we moved house. The good news was that my son got a bigger bedroom, but we did need to dismantle the Kura bed in order to get it out of the old house. Being pretty lazy, and trying to save time, I only partially dismantled it. On arrival in the new house I realised that I couldn't reconstruct it (vital bits were covered by other bits, impossible to explain without showing you!) without completely taking it apart. This was quite difficult - it doesn't seem to be designed to be taken apart - the very sturdiness of it which I admired when it was in use meant that it resisted my attempts to follow the instructions in reverse! In the end, I did triumph, and it now stands happily in our new home, surrounded by a sea of Daleks and Pokemon....
From www.ikea.com -
Product Description & Measurements
Basematerial: Solid pine, Clear acrylic lacquer
Guard rail: Particleboard, Foil
Bed base slats: Solid pine
Length: 209 cm
Width: 99 cm
Height: 116 cm
Mattress length: 200 cm
Mattress width: 90 cm
Summary: Great value good quality and versatile children's bed
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