**UPDATE REGARDING COMMENT SECTION**
Please note first off I am not an employee of IKEA nor affiliated or paid by them in any way. Quite some time ago the comment section on this entry has turned into an informal Q/A help desk of sorts. Although I try to answer in a timely fashion, the notifications for new comments seem to keep ending up in my junk folder so sometimes it can be quite a while before I see and get to answering them. I never intended for this to be an informal help desk but I will continue to work at providing my advice on your questions when I am not out trying to make a living.
Whether you are buying a simple Malm Ikea bed or Hemnes, or something fancier like Oppdal, Brimnes, Mandal or Fjell drawer/storage beds, you NEED to buy SLATS for them.
Ignore, ridicule or laugh at the Ikea sales people if they tell you otherwise. Well, maybe just imagine doing that. (Shame on those Ikea employees who through their ignorance of ikea products or perhaps mean spiritedness advise some of my customers that they don’t need them.)
I don’t understand why Ikea thinks that you can get away with not using some sort of additional support on their beds besides the metal side rails and Skorva metal mid beam. Doesn’t matter if you have a boxspring either. I have witnessed what happens when people forgo them. There are plenty of other assemblers around the country that will back me up on this issue.
That said, here’s what you need to know:
- Besides your bed, you will need to buy a SKORVA metal midbeam support which is sold separately.I’ve had customers not have one of those because no one told them at the Ikea store that they need them.
- Your wooden slats that will keep your mattress and/or boxspring from falling off one of the side rails and damaging the frame (and drawers.)
WOODEN SLAT choices:
LADE – cheapest and ‘good enough’ flat pine boards. $40 for queen size.
LUROY – Nice, curved birch wood boards. $60 for queen size.
LAXBY – Sure, they look cool/ sound cool but only buy these if you are masochistic. They are expensive and I will charge $100 if I am feeling foolish enough to take them on as I did once. They take about 2 hours or so along with some of one’s sanity to assemble. Money would be much better spent on upgrading your mattress if you feel the urge.
Often times it’s just not very convenient to get Ikea slats after the fact.
Ikea custom fixes for not having your slats on hand would be plywood sheets cut to fit or 1×4 or 1×6 boards cut to fit across the frame.