Ikea GJÖRA – an empty bedframe?

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GJÖRA bedframe from Ikea. Photo: IKEA

IKEA recently announced a new bedframe among several new items for what is coming this spring. The bedframe/bedboard is called GJÖRA and will appear in shops sometime in Februari.

It is a bit different to normal bedframes. The bedframe is “empty”.

What is the point of a bedframe that is just a frame and not containing anything but empty air? If you put it in front of a window, like in the above picture, of course it doesn’t cover the window and the light, which is good (I am otherwise totally against putting beds in front of windows). But what is the point of the frame? To hang things on it? Your clothes? Decorative items? An extra blanket or throw?

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Ikea GÖRA bedframe. Photo: IKEA

I certainly wouldn’t like to have my clothes hanging from the bedframe. Neither on the short side, nor on the tall side. The tall side, by the way, is a bit over-powering and very high.

If the frame is empty, you can as well have a bed without a frame, right? Isn’t the purpose of a bedframe to keep bed-linen in the bed, pillows on the bed and not falling out and to the floor and to protect the wall behind it (if you don’t have enormous bedrooms where the bed can be freestanding on the floor)? If the frame is “empty”, then what?

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Ikea GJÖRA bedframe. Photo: IKEA

One of the press-pictures shows it with a kind of curtain on the tall side. Now we are back to olden times when curtains obscured the bed from its surroundings and its content from the room it was in. Google “beds with curtains” for examples.

Instead of hanging the curtain as in the above picture, if it had a textile covering that was put onto the frame and drawn flat from top to bottom, then I would understand this kind of bedframe. The bed itself and the wood it is made of looks nice enough. But the empty bedframes? No thanks. Neither practical, nor useful, nor nice. I can too easily imagine the mess they would create with all the stuff hanging from them. Or falling down into the bed in the middle of the night disturbing sleep.

Sorry Ikea, but this I don’t like.

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Bed in front of window

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

A trend you see more and more of in various interior design solutions and articles is the bed placed in front of a window.

That is a trend I don’t understand… unless there isn’t space enough to place it in another direction of course. But usually there is… The bed above is also placed with the head towards the radiator. Not sure I would like to have the radiator that close to my head…

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

The bed above might not be possible to place with head towards the wall, depending on how long it is, but this placement is really awkward as I see it. Not only is it in front of a window, but it also has a headboard blocking one of the windows, and hardly any space for bedside tables.

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

Here is the same problem. You block one of the windows which becomes impossible to open or to place plants or decorations in. Personally I wouldn’t want to have the bed placed like this and the window behind my head when asleep – headboard or not on the bed.

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Bed in front of window. Image borrowed from the internet.

The above could work despite the placement of the bed and the headboard in front of a window. The two windows to the left and right could make it OK – if you closed the drapes behind the headboard on the middle window.

If you are into Feng Shui, read this about the placement of beds in front of a window.

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Got myself a bedframe


My present bed has until recently not had a bedframe, nor a headboard. Just ugly metal legs, hidden by the bedspread. Because the bed is 120 cms wide it has been hard to find a bedframe and/or a headboard for it. I’ve always liked the MALM bed that Ikea has. I had one in oakveneer that was 180 cms wide when I moved here. That was too wide. Took up the entire room and made me crazy every time I made the bed or removed the bedspread (that is twice daily). So I sold that and got this one.

Recently I asked Ikea via their webside why they didn’t have a Malm bed in 120 cms width and suggested that they should make one. There is none to be found on their websites. To my surprise I got a reply that they DO have it in 120 cms width, in white and in brownish-black. They just needed to know which warehouse I would like to buy it from and they could check availability there. Had the reply the next day, 16 white ones in stock at my regular Ikea. Went there as soon as I had time for it, bought the white 120 cms wide bedframe and got it delivered the next day.

With the help of my neighbor got it assembled. Took a couple of hours and some of it was a bit tricky. This is the result. I hope it will not fall apart…


(The zebra patterned bedsheets are old and I’ve had them since long before zebra patterns got really popular).

Have archived the ugly metal legs, and also had to take down one of the small wall shelves as it was in the way of the headboard. The decoration on the wall behind the head-board will be removed when I will paint the walls later on. I also need to find a solution for the bedspread. This does not look good… I am happy with the bedframe with headboard though.


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My four beds

Through my grown life I am so far only on my fourth bed. Comfortable beds are important. I’ve always had quite large beds, except for now.


Number one. Bed in 1975

This was the first one. Transported from my fathers flat when I moved back to Sweden in 1974 after a couple of years in Israel and got my own flat. It was 110 cm wide if I remember correctly. Nothing fancy. Just a mattress on a wooden basis.

Looking at things around the bed, the only thing that still exists is the tin candelabra at the lefthand bedside table. And the palestinian shawl on the wall which is somewhere in a drawer.


Number two. Bed in 1978

In 1978 (?) I bought a new bed. 180 cm wide, 2×90 cm mattresses. Bed in massive pine. It was a good bed. Very stable. At first it had foam-mattresses that were placed on pine-boards at the bottom of the bed. Later, after we moved to the row house, we exchanged those for real good spring mattresses.

The brass lamp still exists and the drawings on the wall to the left. The bedcover too. The rest is gone.

Number two.

Number two.

The pine bed went with me when I moved to Vårby Gård after J. and I separated. The pillowcases in this picture still exist. And the curtains and the black and white wall hanging. The rest is gone.


Number three.

I eventually tired of the pine bed and exchanged it for a 180 cm wide MALM bed from Ikea in oak veneer. Plus two bedside tables in the same series. Everything in this picture from 2007 still exist except the bed and the upper mattresses. I exchanged the two of them for one large one as I now had the entire bed for myself and didn’t want to get stuck between two mattresses….


Number three.

Still the same bed in 2008. Another bed-spread and other pillow-cases but the rest is the same.

On November 1st 2009 I moved to my present flat. Bed came with me. Turned out the bedroom in my present flat was much smaller than the previous ones.

After about a year, with a bed that was too big for the room, I came to the conclusion that I had to get a smaller bed. Reluctantly, as I really like having a big bed. But it was difficult to make up the bed with the 180 cm wide one. There was too little space around it. I choose between getting 160 cm, or 140 cm or 120 cm. In the end I bought a 120 cm wide bed. I sold the MALM bed and the almost new upper mattress, but took the old spring mattresses to the dump as they were really on their last leg. It was easy to sell the bed and the upper mattress.


Number four. Picture from January 2014.

Number four is a spring bed on ugly metall legs and 120 cm wide (had the wooden legs in the beginning, but they kept falling off, so returned them and changed to metal ones instead). Upper mattress  is one of those that adapts to your body when you lay on it. I regret buying that one. It is too soft and too warm. Have been seriously thinking of getting another upper mattress. Problem is they are expensive.

Need to do something about the green walls one of these days. I have never liked green. We will see what it will be in the end. Most of my previous bedrooms have had light blue walls. I might still choose blue, but not light blue. Considering a darker blue. Or grey.

Maybe another bed too… a bit wider. I still miss my 180 cm wide bed. 120 cm is too narrow in my opinion. Even for one person. Always feel like I will fall off the bed when turning around in it. 20 cm more wouldn’t make such a big difference in the room. Maybe even 160 cm wide…? That is 40 cm more than now. I would still not be able to have bedside tables. There isn’t space for those with the 120 cm bed either.

The bedside tables still exist though. Now serving as a tall drawer, standing one on top of the other. That works too.


Number four.

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