Dealing with Ikea Beds

Kate and I have become big Ikea Fans - so far we’ve got a whole bedroom from them, as well as a convertible bed and several other smaller things. We’ve been pretty pleased with what we’ve gotten so far and are hoping on replacing our pricey and now broken couches with some from Ikea – If they only had a fabric that Kate liked I’m sure we would already have them. Unfortunately, I’m still without a good resolution for Aspelund Bed problem.


When we acquired our Aspelund Bedroom furniture (including the drawers and night stand) it was a pretty straightforward setup. We made sure not to forget any important things (like the mid beam which is sold seperately) or the slats (also sold separately) or the bed (also sold separately but at least we already had this part). We liked the idea of using slats as opposed to a box spring - the bed frame can be used with either type of support - since we were fresh out of box springs thanks to a friend who made a rather unfortunate mistake of forgetting how much force his body can create with gravity. Unfortunately, this one decision was what has led us to have problems with this bed. But, outside of some problems attaching the backing to the night stand, there were no problems getting the entire set assembled in the guest bedroom the day the frame was delivered. We both thought it was pretty comfortable and almost thought about switching beds.

It wasn’t long afterwards that we started experiencing a problem that many have with similarly designed Ikea frames, the mattress kept falling. Of course, this usually happened in the middle of the night while someone was sleeping on it – thankfully, no guests had that problem. It was sort of strange though, but it was something I had thought could be a problem. While assembling the bed, I felt like I couldn’t quite fasten the support beams quite to my standards, but I didn’t think too much about it. I probably should have, as after a couple more incidents we realized the slats were falling off the mid beam!

While there are a great many people that are quick to point to shoddy design, or crap manufacturing, I still think that it’s probably something assembled incorrectly. The main problem is that the sides of the frame keep bowing out. The bed has crossbeams to keep the sides from bowing out; they, however, keep loosening due to a push/pull force that’s caused by the mid beam whenever someone gets off and on the bed or rolls around quite a bit. Since the variable length mid beam is not fastened at a certain length, whenever anyone older 5 is on the bed, the mid beam will expand and bow down, causing the head and foot board to move, causing the crossbeams to become lose. So how is this not a design failure? I’m sure that there’s a step in the manual that’s not emphasized more. There could be several steps:

  1. Exactly how to tighten the cross beam? Which hole should the screw go in?
  2. The screws look like posidriv screws, which while they may look like Philips, but aren’t.
  3. Maybe there is a way to secure the mid beam, but the manual just doesn’t cover it?

I’ve tried using different configurations for tightening the cross beams but nothing seems to keep them from loosening. I also don’t own any posidriv drivers so I can’t tighten the screws as best as one should be able to. So, I started looking at what other people were doing to keep their mattress from falling in their beds. And I was not disappointed as I found many creative work-a-rounds to keep the slats from falling. You can:

  • Drill and screw the slats in to the mid beam
  • Solder the cross beams
  • Attach the crossbeams in a different manner
  • Use rope to keep the sides from bowing out
  • Adding wood pieces in between the spaces of the slats as the bed bows out

We went for the simplest solution we could think of, mostly because we already do this on our bed, throw money at the problem! $600 worth of college text books that is. It’s been working rather well, adding the text books under the mid beam keeps it bowing down under the stress of any kind of weight so the slats have stopped moving around. The cross beams also seem to be maintaining their firmness, though there’s still more slack in them then I would prefer.

August 18, 2009 08:56 PM On Life


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