A Custom DIY IKEA Kura Bed with PANYL

I’m so excited to share a fun guest post from a great and talented friend of mine, Lucy Schaeffer, a stunning photographer! Please go check out her work!  Well, with the “new” old house in my life now, I’m definitely in a renovating, fixing up kind of mindset and Lucy’s project has me seriously inspired. 

Pregnant with her second child, Lucy needed to make room for a crib in her daughter, Georgia’s, room.  There’s nothing like trying to explain a new arrival to an only child.  I’m wishing Lucy luck on that one.  In the meantime, I think she’s doing a fabulous job of getting prepared!

Lucy’s idea was make Georgia a special NEW place in her room and, most importantly, have Georgia help create it.  Lucy and her husband, Mike, customized the IKEA Kura Bed with a great new product called PANYL.  I love this stuff.  You can use it to customize almost anything.  It works sort of like a sticker or contact paper, and it has a great designer finish.  Here is Lucy’s post:

What motivated you to customize the bed?
With a new baby on the way we needed to revamp our daughter, Georgia’s bedroom to make room for a crib but also keep some play space for her. We wanted Georgia to feel like she was getting a special upgrade rather than losing space and getting kicked out of her old bed. IKEA’s Kura bed fit the bill space-wise but their blue finish didn’t match anything in Georgia’s room and felt plain. We decided to involve her in the process of customizing in the hopes that she’d get excited about it rather than resistant to the big changes.

Was the PANYL hard to work with or easy?
Applying the PANYL was easier than I expected. A couple times I laid down the longer pieces not quite aligned and found it no problem to pull off again and stick again with a second attempt. 

The bed itself was just as easy to assemble, with Georgia lending a hand each step of the way.

What kind of a look you were going for?
Georgia loves collecting leaves and identifying trees in the neighborhood so we decided that would be the theme for the bed. We ordered samples of 3 colors that went well with the room and then let Georgia pick which one she wanted as the base color (Kelly Green!). I then chose Stone Linen to be the second tone for the inside of the bed and the leaf details. Overall we wanted fun but not too kidsy, something that none of us would get tired of quickly.

Cutting the custom leaf shapes was really easy too. I had thought we’d need to use x-acto blades to cut out the shapes but actually found regular scissors did the trick. We flattened our leaves between phonebook pages in advance and then traced them directly on the backside of the PANYL sheets and cut out. 
We then used scotch tape to position everything roughly how we wanted it on the bed before taking off the backing and applying for good. I was super pleased, too, with how quickly the Panyl arrived. 

Overall we’re so proud of our custom new bed–and most importantly, Georgia loves it! It’s the first thing she proudly shows off to any new visitors and she’s been sleeping soundly in it for over a week now. Thanks PANYL!

There’s nothing like pride exuding from a toddler who’s just made something for herself to make everyone around her happy.  Thanks so much for sharing Lucy!

Make sure to check out PANYL’s website and blog for other awesome hacks!  You can bet I’m checking it out as I imagine redoing this old house of mine.  I’m thinking basement entertainment center or an art table for the kids. Look how cute this IKEA Latt Table is in hot pink!

OR this side table in neon yellow – HELLO!

Or, use it just for highlighting something fun–think of big monograms or other big shapes dinosaurs, cars, whales, birds or flowers–the possibilities are endless!

  1. Sonaj

    Wow, I want to be a child again:))))Great idea !

  2. Aimee Smallman

    This is awesome! I love the leaves. If I were Georgia I would be so happy too! Kudos to Panyl for such a creative/useful product.

  3. You have nice creation, its a nice way to make, I’ll follow the steps in my free time !

  4. Kim

    Love this! Where did you purchase that cute rug?

    • anne

      Thanks Kim! I know . . I love that rug! Unfortunately, I didn’t buy it. My friend Lucy did. If I find out, I’ll come back and post it here.
      xo anne

  5. Why, I love the idea of this space-saving bed project! Her daughter looks so excited with her new bed and playpen, and any kids bedding sets would compliment with the color green that you chose.

  6. Wonderful example of a perfect family! I like the idea of renovating the rooms as a form of family bonding. Aside from the perfect bonding that you made in here, the beds caught my eye. I might also do the same thing in my salcedo village apartment. I hope my kids would love it.

  7. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  8. This is such a brilliant idea! I agree, it’s always fun to DIY your stuff at home especially with your family. It creates a unique family bonding. I love the IKEA Latt Table in hot pink and I’m sure my daughter too.

  9. This is great! Your DIY bed is a different style that I would love to try at home. After we had our basement remodeled, we were thinking of anything we could put in the large space. Since it’s supposed to be a lounge, we might just make that kind of bed for our daughter! Thank you! The Panyl is amazing, I’m sure it’ll make our work easier!

    • anne

      It definitely will! What a great hangout space for your daughter!

  10. Your daughter’s really cute on the 16th picture! Thanks for the DIY. We just bought a new bed for our daughter, but she wants to design it with butterflies. I’ll try the Panyl for that, thank you!

    • anne

      Great idea Alexandra! I’m sure it will turn out beautifully!

  11. A good idea to redesign a kid’s bedroom. Are there also decorating ideas applicable for kid’s pool as well? Just to make it look more lively.

    • anne

      Oh that would be wonderful Morgan. I assume you mean the outside of the kids’ pool. Imagine cutting out whales, starfish, dolphins and other simple shapes out of Panyl. How fun!

  12. I just love DIY furniture! Now’s my time to enjoy making them, because we’re pest-free! In our last house, we were afraid that the termites might destroy all the furniture so we took it minimalist style!

    • anne

      Well, I’m certainly happy to hear that. Definitely give this one a whirl!

  13. Even if you’re not using Ikea bed in here, you can always revamp any furniture at home. I’m also excited to try this on our dining table, with fruits at the back of each chair and leaves beneath the glass on our table. Talking about family bonding!

  14. Nice bed customization you’ve done there. The bright colors give new life to the furniture. Maybe I should do that for my own furniture.

  15. Looks like I have a new idea to spice up that old console cabinet I have in the attic. Now all I need is to get me some of those panyl strips to use…

  16. Saw this panyl also online. It’s very versatile, you can use it in any craft that you want to create without risking the project in case you make a mistake.

  17. I always enjoy to see a family bonding like this. Not only that it saves you money, you would also get to spend quality time with your children.

  18. One good way to bond with your family is to do things together, just like what you did here. This includes, shopping stuff and furniture together and designing your own “home” just like what a family will supposed to do. I love it, I can see how you guys enjoyed the job and the outcome of your work.

  19. Developing your child’s idea about interior design can boost their creativity and resourcefulness to build a better idea on how to make things more good to look at.

  20. Anonymous

    Is that a reversible ikea kura bed?

    • anne

      I’m not sure if its reversible. I didn’t make it – this is a friend of mine. It is the Ikea Kura Bed, for sure, though.

  21. Kristin

    Love this idea for the bed and involving children’s passions and having them help! Also, slightly obsessed with that rug. Can you please tell me where it is from?!!

    • Hi Kristin,
      Thanks so mcuh. The rug came from a large carpet store/outlet in Brooklyn NY over 5 years ago. I’m so sorry I don’t have a specific resource for you. . . xo anne

  22. Cate

    What thickness of mattress did you use? I would be okay adding guardrails so I can use a thicker mattress than IKEA recommends. (I have only found one brand of eco-friendly bunk bed mattresses.) Thanks!

    • HI Cate, I’m not sure what thickness they used. I would stick to what IKEA recommends. . .

  23. Denise

    Hi! How much Panel was required for this project?

    • Hi Denise, The amount of PANYL this took was a KURA 7-panyl set (pre-cut) for the green background, and 2 linear feet (meaning a 2 ft x 4 ft piece) of driftwood for the cut out leaf shapes. I hope you give it a whirl!

  24. Pingback: 20 Awesome IKEA Hacks for Kids' Beds - Hative

  25. Pingback: 20+ Awesome IKEA Hacks for Kids' Beds - Flux Decor

  26. Jennifer

    Hi! I love this! I’m looking for the bookcase like the one under your Kura bed. It looks like it fits perfectly. Did it come from Ikea and do you know the name of it? I have been searching, but I can’t find it. Thanks!

    • Hi! Unfortunately this isn’t my family’s bedroom so I’m not sure. i will email her and try to find out.

      • Jennifer Verde

        Thank you!

  27. Pingback: Cool IKEA Hacks for Kids Beds

Leave a Comment