Disassemble Instructions: IKEA MALM Bed Frame


Follow these six steps to take apart your IKEA MALM bed frame: 

Step 1: Unscrew Crossbrace

First Remove the mattress, bedding and slats. Roll up the slats and secure them for moving. 

Unscrew the crossbrace screws then remove crossbrace.

Leave the mounting plates on the headboard and footboard in place.


Step 2: Remove Mid-Beam 

Pop the midbeam out of the mounting plates. 


Step 3: Loosen Hex Bolts

Using the IKEA wrench tool loosen the hex bolts on each corner of the frame.


Step 4: Remove U-Shape Hardware

Loosen up and remove the U-shape hardware with your finger.


Step 5: Remove The Headboard

Carefully fist hammer the headboard from the side rail.

It's helpful having a friend to dis-assemble the bed with you at this point. Or find a step-stool/shoe box to hold up the side rail when the headboard is completely part from the bed sides.


Step 6: Remove The Footboard

Carefully fist hammer the footboard from the side rail. 



At this point you should have the following loose hardware:

- malm wrench
- U (half moon) shape hardware
- Hex Bolt
- crossbrace screws


And if you need replacement parts, see IKEA MALM Bed Frame Replacement Parts

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George - March 9, 2019

Which direction does the arrow on the hex fasteners go to dissasemble?

Ruth - March 9, 2019

How do I pop the mid beam out of the plates please

Daniel - March 9, 2019

The instructions were simple and easy to follow. The Hex bolts SUCKED to take out though

praveen - March 9, 2019

One 8x screws are very tight and not moving at all. What to do

David - March 9, 2019

Some beds have spindle shaped fasteners instead of the fasteners that take the u-shaped half circle. For these, rotate (using allen wrench) until the arrow is pointed toward the piece it’s attached to. ALSO for high frames, the side brace covers one fastener and has to be removed.

Ivy - March 9, 2019

Thanks for the info! Made taking the bed apart painless. And if anyone else ever needs to know, you can take the bed apart without the malm wrench, but you’ll definitely need some type of pliers that will grip the bolt edges in order to loosen them.

Jefferson - May 31, 2015

Please invest in making videos for the instructions.


Deniz - May 3, 2015

I have a green cone fire place that is a hema then it looks like an upside down r an a large d I have pic on my face book is any one inrseetted? It cane out of a house that was builted in the 50s can some one tell me what brand I have and what does it go for Thank you

Tom - November 29, 2014

Instructions were very simple to understand.
Only downside was that I placed my metal Slat bar over the corner U hardware circles.
So had to unscrew and remove the Metal Slat bar from the 2 side boards.
Placed them at the spot lower so in the future I wont have this problem again.
MALM High Bed Frame.
Thank you.

Sam K - September 27, 2014

thanks so much for these instructions! simple, perfect, done in 30 mins or less

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