How I Made It: Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Hack

Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Headboard Hack

Hey Guys!

Today I'm here with the Ikea Tarva Bed headboard hack from my boho bedroom. A solid wood bed frame gets expensive. Luckily, IKEA has the solid pine Tarva bed. I find the design a little blah, though. I wanted something reminiscent of mid century design (and unfortunately those never turn up in the right size on Craigslist for me).

If you're a fan of midcentury furniture, you'll probably have come across many slatted benches and coffee tables. I like the airiness of them. And better yet, the slatted design allows for air flow. Super important to factor in when your bed is situated over the only vent in the room. Several things to consider later and I came to the conclusion that an IKEA Tarva Bed Hack was a must.

If you like this bed I created and don't like complicated DIYs, this is a match made in heaven!

Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Headboard Hack

Here's What I Used:


IKEA Tarva Bed in the Queen size

Wood Glue

Minwax stain in special walnut

Minwax Polyurethane

2 Paint Brushes

A power drill with phillips head bit and screws

1 x 2 Pine lumber (choose a quality you're comfortable with, but note that the frame is pine. so if you want it to match, you should go with pine in a 1 x 2 size)

How I Made It: Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Hack


Follow the assembly directions for just the headboard, omitting this part:

skip this step

Cut the 1 x 2s down to 64 inches. This will leave a bit of overhang on either side of the headboard frame.

Stain and Seal all of the included parts minus the slats in the headboard and the 1 x 2's. We won't be using those slats and will be using our own for a more mid century look.

Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Headboard Hack

Lie the headboard face up on a flat surface and wood glue the 1 x 2s onto the face of the headboard. Start from the top, and use the excess pieces of 1x2 as markers between the slats.

My lumber got rained on in transit so it warped a bit. I find it okay, not really noticeable, and adds that "real life" touch to a true DIY. So be easy on yourself if things don't turn out perfect.

Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Headboard Hack

Once the glue dries, flip the headboard over and drill into the back of each slat through the frame of the headboard to ensure they stay in place. Mid Century Inspired IKEA Tarva Bed Headboard Hack

Then finish assembling the bed according to the directions.

It's super easy, but still custom enough not to scream, "Hey! Look at me! I'm an IKEA bed!" Not that there's anything wrong with IKEA beds, they just don't always fit into a vintage-y/boho-ey space.

And here's how the bed turned out:


IKEA Tarva Bed Headboard Hack Mid Century Style

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PS, I'm certain this could be done with the FJELLSE, just note it only comes in a Full/Double, and that's just a tad tight for my hubby and I (hence the "wrong size" authentic mid century beds I find on Craigslist).

PSS, give this post a share for me, please? I love to share my creations with friends of those who come here!

I really appreciate you being here. <3

7 comments

  1. Love the bed. What size screws did you use?

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  2. Hi! Wonderful DIY.
    Can you share
    1. What size screws you used to drill the slats into the headboard and how many?
    2. How many pieces of lumber did you buy? It looks like you cut the original pieces in half lengthwise?
    Thanks!

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  3. corinna.ah@gmail.comJanuary 8, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    They were 1 and 1/2 inch long screws. I no longer have the box and this was a while ago so I don't have any other information on them- sorry!

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  4. corinna.ah@gmail.comJanuary 8, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    The number of slats you see are the number of pieces I bought. There was about 7 inches that I had to cut off of each piece. The screws I used are 1 and 1/2 inch long but this was a while ago and I no longer have the box so I don't have any other details on them- sorry!

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  5. that's beautiful, I'm thinking of getting the tarva twin.. Im not a DIYer when it comes to assembly.. but you have inspired me. and I love the mid century look

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  6. The diagonal bed spread is gorgeous. Where did it come from?

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  7. Thanks, I just made this and it looks amazing - very mid century and looks better quality than I thought it would. I did it with a double bed, so I cut the wood slats to 58" and used 10 of them. I secured the top slat first and used a small book to space the slats, glued them, and then screwed them in from behind. I had to use 2" screws (1.5" were too short).

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