IKEA FJELLSE hack: From Cheap to Chic

Moving can be really stressful, especially when you have to furnish your new place on a tight budget.  I’m only going to be in DC for a year, so I knew I couldn’t invest money in really nice furniture.  So of course, IKEA is a good place to start if you don’t want to hurt your wallet TOO much.  DIY crafts are usually a good way to save money and have some fun, so I thought maybe I could put some of those pinterest ideas to use!

First off, if you’ve never heard of IKEA hackers, you have now.  It’s an awesome site where people post DIY projects they’ve done using IKEA furniture.  I searched “FJELLSE” because hey, it’s the cheapest bed frame you can get at a measly $50!   Turns out, a bunch of people have upholstered this cheap bed frame and transformed it into something chic.  Upholstered bed frames give a really gorgeous look to any bed, and they can run up to $1,000+ when you buy them at the store.  Here’s how you can do it for much MUCH less.

 I found instructions from another blogger at and basically followed what he did.  I was kind of lazy and didn’t want to spend as much money so I scratched the plywood part (ok, I just didn’t want to work with wood, haha).  I used polyester batting for a full-size quilt/comforter from Jo-ann’s which happened to be 40% off (if it isn’t, there are ALWAYS equivalent coupons you can use!).  I got myself a staple gun, bought 3 yards of fabric from IKEA while I was there, and I was on my way to doing my first real big girl DIY project.  Mine is not as involved or perfected like those done by others, but for those of you who are new at this or are lazy (or both), you can still do a variation of this!  It’s not that bad and only took a couple of hours. :)

Follow the transformation of my bed:






Ta da!  Happy crafting, friends!

xx Monica

5 thoughts on “IKEA FJELLSE hack: From Cheap to Chic

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