This is a re-post from an old blog of mine. It was, hands down, the most popular and helpful post so I’m hoping I can help some people out by posting it again. There are no changes to the review itself, just a few updates here and there (in bold). I’ve also added my watermark to the pictures. Enjoy 🙂
The Vanvik bed debuted at IKEA almost two years ago, and seems to be moderately popular. It comes in two versions: Blekinge White or Hovby white/black; and in two sizes: full/double or queen. There is a price difference of $20.00 between the two sizes, with the queen as the most expensive of the two($399.00). (Update – The Hovby white/black is no longer available, and that is the bed we have. Sad face)
The main difference between the Blekinge and Hovby versions – besides the fact that one has a floral pattern and the other is solid white – is that the Blekinge features a built-in bedskirt. The Hovby has no skirt. We purchased the Hovby version, in a queen, back in the fall of last year.
IKEA suggests you pair the Vanvik bed with their Hemnes line of bedroom furniture. We ended up choosing 2 Hemnes nighstands (both in white) but the rest of our bedroom furniture is from the Aspelund line. I’ll review all of those separately, later down the road. Back to the point – I agree that the Hemnes line works well with it, but Apselund does too. Basically anything that is black, white or gray is going to look great with it.
Now, to the nitty gritty! From here forward, the review only applies to the Hovby version of the bed.
Getting the Bed Home
Bring a large vehicle with you if you’re going to buy this bed. It comes in one very large box. The box contains: the padded headboard, the side rails, legs for the bed, all hardware, slip cover for the headboard and rails and the directions. The center support beam and additional smaller beams are sold separately. Only get the center support beam. Please get slats. I don’t care what kind you get, just get some. You won’t have to worry about your box spring/mattress falling through the frame if you just get the slats to begin with. We purchased the Sultan Luroy slats – only $30.00. You will need two of these, regardless of which model you choose.
When you get home and unpack everything, please note that the side rails and headboard are padded – which means you don’t want to snag the padding on rough flooring, hardware, etc… It’s not so fragile that it will fall off at the drop of a hat, but the smoother you can keep it, the better. You’ll thank yourself when you’re slipping the slip cover over it.
Like with anything you buy from IKEA, the directions contain no English. Instead, they have pictures of strange jelly-looking men, who vaguely resemble Grimace, holding various tools and pointing at various things they want you to do. Trust these men. They know what they are doing. Sometimes you run into an IKEA product where the directions are wrong; that is not the case here.
However, you will likely end up with extra pieces of the hardware. I did. That’s okay though. Just keep the extra pieces for other projects later.
Assembly was very easy. The hardest part was screwing through the layers of padding when attaching the side rails to the headboard. Overall, assembly probably took 60-90 minutes. I did this by myself because my husband wasn’t home at the time. If I can do it, then you can do it.
One tip for putting the cover on – dampen a washcloth and wipe it on places where you will be tugging. It will help you grip better. That cover is a $@)(*%@ to get on the headboard. Good luck with it. Putting the covers on the side rails, though, is a piece of cake – because they just attach with velcro.
Since you were smart and got those slats I mentioned earlier, just ignore the part in the directions about attaching the flimsy, metal zig-zag things. After you have put the center beam in, lay the slats on the frame. Inside your pack of hardware, there are small, tan plastic nubs. These help fasten the slats down. And once those are fastened, go ahead and toss your box spring on there.
HOWEVER, before you put your box spring on, decide what color you want it to display and go buy that sheet immediately. You will regret it if you don’t do this now because you’ll have to drag the mattress off the box spring, pop the box spring off and put the sheet on. It’s much easier to take care of it now. We chose a black sheet.
Once you’ve got the box spring covered, place it on the frame. Then put your mattress on. You may or may not have a slight over-hang of your mattress over the box spring. We do but that is because we have a pillow-top and it will not lay flat against the headboard. It’s not a big deal, though, so if this happens to you don’t worry about it.
Okay, now you are ready to enjoy your bed!
Use of the Bed
We have been using the bed for approximately 6 months now and, so far, have experienced zero problems with it. Any problems we did have with it were due to the slat issue. Here’s a short list of pros and cons:
- The padded headboard is very comfortable to lean against. It is also tall enough where if you ever decided to not use a box spring, it wouldn’t look weird sticking out above the top of the mattress.
- I love not having a bed skirt. It forces us to keep under the bed nice and clean, and it also eliminates something else to launder when stripping the bed.
- I love the height of the bed – but if you’re the type of person who prefers platforms, you probably wouldn’t like it
- The floral pattern is very nice – it’s not too feminine but does have that touch to it. It has shades of gray, as well, so that softens all the petals and flowers.
- It’s very sturdy – I have pushed it all around the bedroom between cleaning and re-arranging furniture and have not experienced any warping or twisting on the frame at all
- Because the cover is made of cloth, it collects dust. I lint-roller the cover every couple weeks. I have a cat and a dog, though – if you don’t have pets, you probably wouldn’t have to clean it as often. (Update: I actually vacuum it, now, like every other month. Just to keep on top of the dust.)
That is pretty much it! So, overall, I would definitely say the bed was worth the $399.00. Especially for an IKEA product which, for as much as I love IKEA, can sometimes prove to not hold up so well overtime.
The following photos are how the bed is today – slats and all!
(Ignore the dog treats off to the side there…)
Do you own the IKEA Vanvik bed? If so, what has been your experience with it? Leave a comment below!