IKEA Tarva Bed Assembly MidBeam Missing – What To Do?

ikea tarva bed assembly midbeam missing
ikea tarva bed assembly midbeam missing

IKEA Tarva bed’s modern design is based on Scandinavian furniture tradition.

With its untreated wood finish, this simple design gives your bedroom a timeless expression that mixes well with various other designs and style furniture to give your house a modern yet classic warm vibe.

Made of untreated wood, the IKEA Tarva gives you an open hand to decide what finish from oil, lacquer, and paint would suit your other furniture best, making it one of the best options in the market to add to your personalized bedroom.

In addition, the bed frame is higher from ground level compared to other frames doing cleaning and vacuuming under the bed, so much more convenient and easy for you.

The bed comes with all its essentials, including the slatted bed base and the mid-beam. They are both included in the affordable price of the Tarva bed frame but are packaged separately to be delivered or picked up.

The slatted bed base provides support and stability to the mattress that goes over the bed frame to prevent indentations and accidents over the mattress.

It also allows the mattress to adjust to the user’s body weight, making the night comfortable for the night you.

IKEA Tarva Mid Beam 

The center beam also referred to as the mid beam, provides the required stability to the bed frame and keeps the slatted bed base braced to hold up the mattress in its place.

Made of galvanized steel or pine wood, the mid-beam gives the Tarva bed frame adequate balance and stability.

Assembling the IKEA bed is a simple process, especially when you have all the furniture parts together in one place.

Although assembling requires a little effort and guidance, some helpful hands, too, if you are doing it for the first time, can be easily taken from YouTube videos or the user guide manual with IKEA ready-to-assemble furniture.

If you have recently purchased an IKEA Tarva bed and are having trouble assembling it because the mid beam is missing, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This is a common problem with this particular model.

As mentioned above, the mid-beam is packaged separately, so there are chances that you either entirely forget to pick it up from the store or lose it around your house.

Whatever happens, don’t panic, as the bed can also be assembled without the mid-beam.

In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to troubleshoot the issue and assemble your bed without the mid-beam.

Although any bed frame, be that Ikea Tarva or a bed from your local store, is not ideal to use if it has a missing mid-beam, and assembling it without mid beam could result in instability, damage, and accidents due to extra weight and pressure. 

However, if you have guests over and don’t want your place to look messy with all the unassembled furniture, you can temporarily assemble the bed without using the mid-beam.

In most cases, the mid beam is an essential part of the IKEA Tarva bed and is necessary for proper assembly.

If you find that your IKEA Tarva bed is missing the mid-beam during assembly, here’s how you can troubleshoot the problem.

IKEA Tarva Bed Assembly Mid Beam Missing – What To Do?

Check for Absent Parts

First, check to see if the mid beam is in the box with the other parts. Sometimes it can be overlooked and end up at the bottom of the box.

If it is not in the box, check to see if any other pieces are damaged or missing. It is possible that the mid-beam was damaged during shipping and will need to be replaced.

If you can’t find the mid-beam in the box, check to see if it’s been misplaced elsewhere in your home.

It’s possible that it was left out during the initial assembly process. If you’re missing this part, it’s important to take steps to find it or get a replacement as soon as possible.

Another possibility is that you find the mid-beam damaged within the package. Fortunately, IKEA replaces items and furniture parts that get damaged during shipping.

IKEA takes the responsibility of replacing any of the components of their products that are not shipped with the item or are broken/damaged when received.

They would require a six-digit code on your shipment to confirm and replace the product immediately.

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It is therefore recommended to check your shipment just as it arrives so you know if any of the parts are missing. 

You can immediately inform them by calling IKEA support, and they will send you another free of cost.

However, if you have misplaced it yourself or damaged it because of your carelessness, then IKEA wouldn’t be responsible for providing you with another mid-beam.

Nevertheless, you can purchase a new one from IKEA or any other local hardware shop. 

Assemble Without Mid Beam 

Here’s how you can assemble the bed without the mid beam

Assembling your IKEA Tarva bed without the mid-beam can be tricky, but it is possible. First, assemble the bed frame without the mid-beam. Then, place the mattress on top of the frame.

Finally, use bedding to secure the mattress in place. This prevents the mattress from getting damaged. Below are detailed steps to assemble the unit with a missing piece.

However, it’s important to note that the bed will be less stable without the mid-beam. To assemble the bed without the mid beam, follow these steps:

  1. Assemble the headboard and footboard according to the instructions.
  2. Attach each side rail to the headboard and footboard.
  3. Tighten all the screws
  4. Place the 17-slatted bed base
  5. Place the mattress on the slatted bed base
  6. If you have a box spring, place it on the mattress

Although you can assemble the IKEA Tarva bed without the mid-beam following the methods mentioned above, the bed’s stability greatly depends on the measurements of the bed.

If assembled without the mid-beam, the Tarva single and standard-size bed would have greater stability than the queen and king-sized Tarva beds without mid-beam.

If your Tarva bed is large-sized, assembling it without the mid-beam may be dangerous as it may cause the mattress and the slatted bed base to sag in or even collapse if a greater amount of loads are placed on it.

For instance, all the siblings sitting together on the bed to play may cause the bed to collapse if there is no center beam for the stability of the bed.

However, if you decide to assemble your bed without the center support, follow the assembly instructions carefully and ensure all the other parts are appropriately tightened. 

In such conditions, if possible, you should use the extra support brackets to the screws and other attaching parts (often included in IKEA furniture kits) to add stability.

Even though you can still use the bed without the mid-beam, it’s not ideal. The bed will be less stable and more likely to shift or become damaged.


The bed will be less stable and may not last as long without this important piece.

If you’re missing the mid-beam for your IKEA Tarva bed, don’t despair! With a little effort, we hope you find the missing piece or contact IKEA customer service for a replacement.

Use an Alternative Solution

If you are not entirely satisfied assembling the bed without mid beam, you can try another way out that would provide stability to the bed frame.

One way out is to use a metallic or wooden piece of the same width, height, and shape as the original mid-beam and attach it to the place of the mid-beam. 

Ensure that you lock it up in the place of mid-beam. This will provide adequate support for the bed frame and mattress.

 This may not be the safest thing to do and is also not an ideal way to assemble your bed, but it does provide a little stability and support to the bed frame.

The second option is to use the furniture straps. Though these straps are used for additional support while assembling furniture, here, where there is a missing mid beam, these furniture straps can serve as the main stability component.  

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This isn’t as stable as using a mid-beam, but it might be enough for you until you can get a new mid-beam. 

 If you choose this option, check the wooden or metallic support regularly to ensure it remains secure and steady.

It is recommended to use the bed with precaution and avoid extensive tossing and jumping on the bed for your safety benefits. 

Contact IKEA

Contact IKEA customer service if you can’t find the mid-beam. They will be able to help you troubleshoot the problem and determine if you need a replacement part.

They may send you a replacement part or help you troubleshoot the problem further.

In the meantime, you can still use the bed by following the abovementioned steps.

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