Monday, 22 January 2018

Mia's new Stuva loft bed from Ikea




Recently we were talking about how we should get Harry a desk for his room, so over Christmas we took a trip to Ikea with the plan to measure up some desks and see what we could find.

When Mia heard about our plans, she of course made it known that she also would like a desk for her room. Unfortunately her room is quite a bit smaller, and there just isn't the space. But when we visited Ikea, the Stuva loft bed caught our eye, and we decided that it would be perfect for her space. I had a similar bed when I was younger and I loved it, and as we predicted when we showed her the picture in the catalogue her little eyes lit up and she was so excited.

We spent a happy couple of hours on the Ikea website working out the combination that we wanted and making sure that we had added all the bits and pieces. You can build the bed in several different configurations. We decided to have the desk sticking out at an angle with the wardrobe doors opening underneath as there wasn't much space to the right for the doors to open outwards, but you can also have the doors on the other side and the desk directly underneath the bed, which takes up less floor space.

Ikea Stuva loft bed in girl's bedroom

Putting the Stuva together was a big job, and it took us a whole day to assemble. You definitely need two (fairly strong!) adults as you have to lift the top part up and over onto the shelf unit, and although it's designed for small rooms you do need quite a bit of floor space for the assembly. There's also no way that it's going to fit out of her bedroom door, let alone down the stairs, so it's not a piece of furniture to buy if you are planning on moving house in the near future!

I've condensed the build down into just six minutes in the video below, I edited out lots of shots of us looking puzzled as we examined the instructions, and faffing about trying to work out which way the pieces need to go!


As soon as we were finished Mia was desperate to get organising. I love how she's arranged her shelves with her favourite things on display, and it was also a good opportunity for a bit of a clear out.

Ikea Stuva loft bed review

We also purchased a pink Stickat bed pocket which hangs over the side and can store her water bottle and book. We also bought some Slakting inserts which are perfectly designed to fit into the drawers. There are also lots of other pieces of furniture in the Stuva range which would co-ordinate really well. We also had just enough space to the side to add a Trofast unit with plastic doors which is perfect for storing all her teddies.

Stuva loft bed from Ikea assembly

The bed is really cosy and comfortable, if a bit of a pain to climb up to when I want to change the sheets or kiss her good night. I'm afraid that I've not been making the bed each morning as I usually do - you can't see that it's not made from the floor anyway! We have a wireless light switch so that she can turn the lights on and off from her bed, but we might look into putting her up a small shelf as well.

Bed in an Ikea Stuva loft bed

She has had no problems climbing up and down. I must admit that I find it a bit awkward myself as the ladder is so steep, but it certainly feels stable and I'm not worried that it's going to fall apart on me, so it would do for adults to sleep in too. The desk is lovely and she's been enjoying sitting down and doing her colouring or reading. The wardrobe is a good size too, she already has a generous wardrobe for her clothes so it's perfect to store her princess dresses and other dressing up bits.

Ikea Stuva loft bed for a child review

It was definitely the best solution for her space and will hopefully grow with her and last for a good few years yet. I'd definitely recommend if you are looking for furniture for a smaller bedroom.

22 comments:

  1. This looks a fantastic bed...I have been thinking about something like this for my youngest. Her bedroom is tiny and she has been asking for a desk.

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  2. What a great bed and fantastic use of space! My son has bunk beds and LOVES being up high.

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  3. Hi, I have a question I am hoping you can answer... we are looking into this bed for our girls who share a space, but I can’t find the dimensions from the floor to the top of the mattress. Trying to determine how much head space there would be. Hope you can help!

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    1. Hello! The space under the bed is about 141cm, I hope that helps!

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  4. This looks amazing! I was just wondering the height of your ceilings as this is a thought for me but I’m worried about the ceiling space!

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    1. Our ceiling height is nearly 250cm. There is plenty of room above the bed, and I can sit up in it comfortably (I am quite short though)

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  5. Brilliant team work you make it so easy wish you lived next door to me .Ive made my mind up I’m getting one of these now for my daughter.Thanks for sharing this 👍

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  6. im a 12 year old girl and i want to know is there enough space for me in the bed

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    1. Yes there will be plenty of space for you in the bed, I'm an adult and I've slept up there! We have quite high ceilings and I'm able to sit up in it.

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  7. Hallo. I am a little bit concerned about tje mattress ikea proposed which is afoam mattress.i am considering buying a spring mattress but maybe that would be too heavy. What kind of mattress are u using and are u happy with it?

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    1. We use a foam mattress from Ikea which is probably the one that you mention. It's very comfortable (I've slept on it a few times). You do need to be careful not to choose a mattress which is too high as that can make the bed unsafe.

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  8. How convenient/safe for kids is the climb up and down with the vertical stairs ?

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    1. The children cope absolutely fine with it and I don't have any concerns about safety. I do find it a bit awkward to get up it myself though!

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  9. How deep is it from where the mattress lays to the top of the top rail? Also is it wobbly at all? My 2 daughters share a small room and I was thinking of getting 2 of these so they can have their toys on the floor yet and then desks when they are out of the toy stage. Bunk beds just havent worked well for us as they constantly fight over who gets the top bunk and storage is sooo limited in our apartment.

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    1. From the bottom of where the mattress lays to the top of the rail it is 36cm and our mattress is 20cm deep. It's not wobbly, I'm often climbing up in there to put my daughter to bed and to change the sheets and I don't feel unsafe. It would be a great solution for your daughters, the only thing that I would say is that you do need quite a lot of room to assemble it and it wouldn't fit through a door once assembled so it needs to be built in the room. If you were trying to build two in a small room it might be a bit of a squeeze. There's a link to my video in the post above which might give you an idea of the space needed for assembly. I hope that helps!

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  10. I am thinking about this option and I know you have been asked this a lot in the comments but I am looking at this for my daughter and she is quite tall and I would hope to have this bed for a while and I was wandering if you knew the distance from the mattress to the ceiling? It is just we have ceilings that are 140cm and I am not sure if there would be enough room for her to sit up in the bed.

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    1. Hello! The height of the bed from the floor to the top of the mattress is about 165cm (the actual sides of the bed come up higher than this). Our ceilings are 250cm, so quite high, and so there is plenty of room above the bed in our house. I can easily sit upright in the bed (although admittedly I'm not that tall, I'm about 162cm tall). I hope that helps, let me know if I can give you any more information!

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this, it really helped me make up my mind on getting one for my daughter's Birthday! Time-lapse of build was really great too - at least I know to set aside a whole day now ;)

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  12. Thank you so much for your review! I am thinking of getting this bed for my 9 y/o daughter; we are currently unable to go into an actual ikea..do you think the desk part would be a good size that might also last a few years, or is it just for small children? She is 138cm. Thank you :)

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    1. I'm glad it was useful! I think that the desk is a very good size, I'm 162 cm and I can sit comfortably at it and don't need to worry about my head. We do have a child sized desk chair for it (I think it's the Orfjall), again I could use the chair comfortably too so it's not too small.

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