How I Made a $199 IKEA Bed Look Designer


When your ideal bed is north of $3,000 but the midrange $700 choice leaves much to be desired, what would you do? I jumped into a great deal bed, for less than $200, and bravely took on IKEA, which is a haven for screws, wood slats, and Allen wrenches.

I was looking for a black iron bed, and luckily I ran across the IKEA Sagstua Bed while on a mission to locate one that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. There was much anxiety over furniture delivery delays and the amount of people in line at IKEA because the Brooklyn IKEA location has a very long and winding check-out lane. But when I located the bed in the shop, I marked “click and collect” on the screen in record time. Take note to yourself: I might never set foot in an IKEA again now that I've found out how much easier and faster it is to just "click and collect."

With its minimal, yet vintage-inspired curved lines and subtle gold detail, the Sagstua Bed on its own looks more expensive than its price tag indicates.

Once it was close to four-and-a-half hours since I began opening cardboard boxes, I began praying that everything would be in place (spoiler: they were). The Sagstua Bed appears to be a lot more costly than its price tag would imply because of its basic yet vintage-inspired curving forms and subtle gold-tinted ornamentation. The $199 IKEA bed, after a few months of style and styling, is now adorned with designs that make it appear genuinely designer-worthy.

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An eye-catching, sophisticated look can be achieved with simple styling techniques.

Nothing cluttered when you think of a designer-styled bedroom. The room itself is devoid of unread books and a full glass of water, but that's not all; the nightstands are empty as well. These can include rugs, draperies, lights, and, possibly, artwork and nightstands. Objects that are not part of the décor will not be found in a designer bedroom, and they definitely will not be items strewn around.

In order to get the designer look at a cheap price, I kept the style of the bed basic. Neither excessive artwork nor bedside accoutrements should be used. A good place to start is just the bedding (with sconces and a mirror to highlight the gold on the bed frame), old-fashioned nightstands, and drapes.

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Don’t Put Anything Under Your Bed

Peek underneath the IKEA bed as nothing is underneath.

Regardless of whether an expensive or a budget bed, one easy way to seem cheap and unkempt is to cram everything you can beneath your bed. In certain instances, you might use a bed skirt to camouflage the issue. If you can prevent it, keep your space under your bed free of clutter to boost the quality of your mattress.

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Splurge On Something Else

Instead of buying the bed, use your savings to spend elsewhere. When a single element is raised, the whole room is elevated as well. I believe that is the curtains. The beautifully weighted Greek key drapery has a great look when it hangs, fits well in the area, and when it frames the bed, everything comes together to provide a wonderful finished effect. If you want to be really extravagant, you may spend the extra money on these: bedside sconces that are hard-wired, antique nightstands, or an amazing vintage rug.

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Add Custom Accent Pillows

Custom accent pillows on IKEA bed.

As we have said, spending on bespoke decorative pillows may be an excellent investment. I spent extra on a single bespoke bolster pillow and purchased accent pillows at a budget-friendly price from a big shop. An reasonable indulgence since I only got one, and one you notice front and center while gazing at my bed. The bed frame will blend in with the cloth when no one is looking because it's all custom designed and handmade.

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Layer Your Bedding

White comforter on bed.

Even if you have only a sheet and a cover on an IKEA bed, it will most likely seem like it's from college. Instead, consider your favorite hotel bed. There are two layers here. A minimum of a bedspread, blanket, and duvet are provided. To give your bed a luxurious feel, replicate this on your own bed. And don't hold back—invest in the fluffiest duvet to deliver a plush appearance to your bed and continue to pile on your winter wardrobe.

Stop for a second to consider whether the $3,000 bed is really worth it. Do you imagine about spending under $200 at IKEA and go all out on designer fabrics, soft cushions, and bedding to make your new place as comfy as possible?

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