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Ikea Stora Loftbed

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Solid wood. Ideal with a bed shelf and a desktop underneath

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      16.08.2012 12:27
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      Exciting at first but not really very practical

      When I was a younger I always wanted one of these loft beds but the ceilings in my bedroom weren't high enough for it to fit. When I moved into a furnished flat that had one I was pleased that I could sleep in one at last. Sadly it hasn't lived up to my expectations.

      Obviously you need a bedroom with a very high ceiling so you will still have enough room to sit up without hitting your head. If you are scared of heights then this is not the bed for you as it really is very high up - much taller than a normal bunk bed for example so you really would not want to fall out of it. For this reason I would say it is not suitable for children but it would be good for a teenager.

      The ladder is angled which is good as it makes it much easier to climb than a vertical ladder. The main issue I have with this bed is that it is very creaky. It creaks quite loudly when I turn over in my sleep and this has woken me up on more than one occasion. One other annoying issue is the lack of a head board of some description. There are two horizontal planks of wood that surround the top of the bed on all sides and pillows can slide through this gap. I have to wedge another pillow in to block the gap so the pillows I'm using don't slide through and fall out of the bed. Also, due to the height, it gets hot up there on hot days or if you have had the central heating on for a while whereas you would not experience this in a normal bed.

      The main light in my bedroom is above the bed so turning this on does nothing to light the room below. The fact that the wood of the bed is also black means that it can seem quite dark at times. On the plus side, there is enough room for a chest of drawers and a desk and chair underneath that I would otherwise have no room for at all.

      Assembly is definitely a two (or more) person job as it was quite challenging due to the large number of different wooden planks and the size of them and having to work at height and get the mattress up there etc. In addition, my bed is screwed into the wall and the floor in more than one place for stability so you need the DIY skills/equipment to be able to do this.

      In conclusion this bed was exciting at first due to the novelty factor but now that it has worn off there are practical issues which irritate me, as discussed above. I would say that this bed is best suited for a teenager or a student with limited bedroom space for other furniture. It is too high to be suitable for children in my opinion. If you are thinking of buying one, make sure the things I have mentioned above will not bother you and try out a example bed in an Ikea shop first to see how you get on with it.

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        20.04.2009 07:30

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        Poor materials, poor construction, deceptive advertising

        This product (and Ikea customer service) is terrible.

        Ikea's website and advertisements provide no information on maximum weight that this full-bed can hold. After buying it for my husband and me to use in our NYC apartment, I paid a handyman to assemble it. Only then did I see a warning label on the bed, which states that more than one person is prohibited. It is disturbing that Ikea chooses to hide this information inside the box. There was no way I could have found this information until I brought home the heavy boxes and began to assemble.

        Next, this bed is extremely wobbly - did not feel safe.

        My husband and I decided to return it. During disassembly, a wooden slab BROKE!

        Ikea would NOT allow a return, because the bed had been assembled! Customer service was rude and unhelpful. I was shocked. I will never buy Ikea again.

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      Solid wood. Ideal with a bed shelf and a desktop underneath

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