Awesome Ikea Hack of the Week: A high-gloss red headboard

For some reason, our brains are tuned to believe red is sexy. So, what’s the best place to add some red? That would be the bedroom, my friends.

Today’s Ikea hack is a toned-down version of one I found for you. The original incorporates LED lighting, but for the life of me, I can’t convince myself that playing with electrical wires is a good idea.

So instead, here’s an Ikea hack that will add some sexy red to the bedroom in your Toronto apartment. This fits a queen size bed. For a king, add two more shelves and a longer 2×2.


  1. The parts. You’ll need

  • Lack shelves in high-gloss red x6 – $29.99 each
  • battens or 2x2s, try this – about $15.00
  • metal mending plate x 10, try this – $29.70
  • wall anchors
  • screws
  • drill
  • level


  1. Do it.

The first step is to make the headboard itself. Attach the six shelves together using the mending plates and screws. Make sure they all align perfectly along their short edge.

Regarding the 2×2 board, you’ll need one board that’s about 50” long, plus at least four that are 2x2x2.

Now create the batten using the 50” 2×2 board. You can use a single piece of it that will run horizontally across the back of the headboard. Attach it to all six shelves, but it shouldn’t run all the way to each end of the headboard.

Next, you’re going to have to attach this thing to the wall. Use the 2x2x2 blocks to do this. The headboard will actually rest on the floor, but the blocks will keep it in place. First, drill very long screws (3” to 4”) all the way through the blocks. Do it in the same location on each block to make the next step easier.

Measure where to place the wall anchors so the blocks will all line up in a straight line behind your bed, and will fit right under the batten you attached to the back of the headboard. Screw them in place.

Now just mount the headboard, replace the bed, and call someone sexy for a good time at your place.


Source: Ikea Hackers

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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