Well, after losing our internet for several days (a tragedy I know), we survived and are back in action to wrap up the Ikea reviews from last week. It’s funny how many things are now effected when your internet is down. Ok the review..Of the different bed models Ikea carries, I see the Malm most often. It’s a simple design, clean looking and attractive, although I would assume its popularity is more due to being one of the cheaper beds in Ikea’s line. We have had ours for a while, and our friends have had theirs much longer. Generally the reviews are all the same: Nice, but not the best quality (I did say it was one of the cheapest).
Assembly: Most of Ikea’s beds use a fairly similar kit of parts: A header, a footer, side rails, a central support beam (separate), and a slatted base (also separate). The assembly was very simple, just a lot of screws. Thats fine, but it also means if you want to adjust the mattress height you are going to be removing a lot of screws and then putting them back in again. A drill would be nice to have, but not necessary. You want to be sure you have the side rails straight, with no bowing in or out. If not, the slats will slip off the rail and you might find yourself on the floor.
Use: The most common complaint is slats slipping off the rails. According to Ikea, this issue should be easily corrected with the provided corner anchors. You can adjust these to keep the sides and ends all perpendicular, and the slats should not be a problem. Another common complaint is a bent central support beam. I wouldn’t recommend jumping on an Ikea bed for this reason. Knowing people have bend the center beams, we have been careful and at this point have had no problems. If you do have an issue, these parts are at least sold separately. Our friends Liz and Bryan (pay Liz’s Etsy shop a visit and see her handiwork for Betty Lou’s Boutique!) have had their bed much longer than we have, and they have had another interesting problem. Each of the Malm side rails is made from two separate pieces attached together in an upside-down “L” shape, and on their bed these pieces have started to separate along both sides. Apparently the glue used to hold them is failing. As the sides separate they get weaker, and don’t hold shape as well, which causes the slats to fall through the middle and you to wake up on the floor. Finally, the Malm has a low profile and does not have a lot of space below. If you want to use under-the-bed storage, you will either need casters, or a clever idea for shallow storage.
Overall, these beds look great, are easy to assemble, but you get what you pay for. Treat it nicely, and it will last much longer (a lot of people have had theirs years without any problems). No jumping into bed, and if you take it apart and reassemble, do it carefully to help all the connections keep secure.
Images via Ikea