The first step in transforming your IKEA bedframe is preparing the rattan. It usually comes in a roll and will be stuck in a rounded or folded shape. You’ll need to soak the material to flatten it and get accurate measurements so it fits your headboard properly. This process also prevents the rattan from looking baggy when you attach it to your furniture. It expands when wet, so as long as you staple it to the bedframe before it dries, the finished product will be taut. That way, your work looks professionally done.
In her TikTok video, Natalie uses a bathtub to soak her rattan so she can completely submerge the large pieces. If your roll has an abundant amount of rattan, you can make a rough cut to remove it from the spindle. Fill the tub with warm water and leave the piece to soak for about 30 minutes. You don’t want to do any longer than that because it can change the color of the rattan or cause it to break easier. Once the time is up, you can cut it to the proper dimensions to fit the height and length of your headboard with an inch of wiggle room.