Small Bedroom Makeover, Ikea Leirvik

Earlier this year, you might have remembered that I panelled my guest bedroom. Well, I finally got around to styling and decorating it. Panelling the bedroom was a big job, but it has made such a difference. I purchased the Ikea Leirvik bed to go inside my small guest bedroom.

My workload was a little crazy before lockdown, and the bedroom had once again become a dumping ground. With some extra time during the lockdown, I decided to clear it out and add some new items to the room.

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IKEA Leirvik Bedframe

With most retail stores closed for safety reasons, I decided to use the time to research the items I wanted for the room. I was able to get an Ikea home delivery. I had a small budget, so I decided to get the standard double Ikea Leirvik bed frame. I loved how this frame allowed you to see the panelling behind it.

It has a rustic cottage feel to it too. I was able to use the old mattress on the frame, and that saved me some money. Assembling the frame was easy. I was a bit intimidated to assemble the bed frame myself, as I am prone to the Ikea assembly rage.

It took me an hour to set up the bed. At the moment there is no squeaking. When reading reviews, people did mention a squeak. However, if the bolts are not tightened correctly and become loose, then the Ikea Leirvik will squeak. I made sure to retain the Allen key to tighten the screws in the future.

Small Bedroom Makeover, Ikea Leirvik
Small Bedroom Makeover, Ikea Leirvik

How do I stop my IKEA Leirvik bed from squeaking?

To stop the Ikea Leirvik from squeaking, you need to tighten the screws on each corner at the side panels. Use the Allen key provided to tighten the bolts. It is hard to get your hard in here, but tighten these screws as tight as you can.

If your bed is already assembled, remove your mattress, slats and inspect the four corners of the bed. Tighten any loose screws to stop the bed from moving and squeaking before adding your slats and mattress back on.

When assembling my Ikea Leirvik, I followed this step by step video, where he mentioned tightening these bolts to prevent the bed from squeaking.

*update July 2021, I had my mam staying in the guest room for a few months, and I can report that there has been no squeaking of the bed frame and it remains solid.

Small Bedroom Makeover, Ikea Leirvik
Small Bedroom Makeover, Ikea Leirvik

Styling The Small Guest Room

I am a home decor hoarder. I have a little cabinet full of home decor items that I use in my home. I decided to rummage there to find items for the room. Overall, I wanted this room to feel calm.

As it is a guest bedroom, I wanted it to have some personality but not too much of my own. I used the Ikea Kubbis rack to hand some of my trinkets. I hung the straw hat that I got in France, my old vintage style camera and a wicker bag to style the hook.

I styled it with baskets, throws and faux flowers. I added the Ikea Morum rug underneath the bed. I don’t have a lot of rugs in my home, because the cats tend to scratch them. However, I love the warmth and texture they give to a room.

I also added a console table that I was using upstairs. As my guest bedroom is a small space, this table sits perfectly in the space and is practical too. I purchased this console table from Harvey Norman six years ago. I love how the colour nicely contrasts with the panelling.

Small guest bedroom makeover
Ikea Kubbis
cottage bedroom decor
Ikea Kubbis
small bedroom decor ideas

If you would like to see how I panelled the room, check out this video below.

If you would like to see how I styled my bedroom, then check out this YouTube video. I love images, but sometimes a video shows more of the space and the progress of creating the room. I hope you enjoy the video and please subscribe to my channel if you enjoy these videos.

I hope you got some inspiration from this post. Please share on your socials if you enjoyed it. It can be hard to style a small space. Check out this post for ideas on styling your room.

Thanks for reading,
Chat soon,



  1. daintydressdiaries
    July 22, 2020 / 10:40 am

    Hi Elina, I purchased that from homestore and more about 5/6 years ago, unfortunately I do not have a link to it x

  2. Eliana
    July 16, 2020 / 5:36 am

    Hello Catherine I love watching your videos at YouTube. I also love cats and I think Blondie and Pepsi are adorable.
    I would love to know about the floral quilt you have on the video you installed the beadboard panelling. Where did you buy it? And what is the brand ?
    I became a big fan of your videos. It is the same decoration style I like.
    Thank you very much

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