August 6, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Well, if you follow the blog’s facebook page, you’ll know that I finally have a new bed.
Remember my little poll wherein I asked which bed would best fit my space?
Well, the planets aligned and the Craigslist Gods answered my prayers.
(More like, I batted my eyelashes, gave the reasons for my decision (while pushing out my bottom lip), and my husband said yes. What? I’m not above begging.)
Thanks to my husband, we were able to get the bed that most of you voted for.
Actually, you just voted for the one I loved all along.
This bed met all of my requirements:
- Dark wood
- Tall headboard with curves to fit under my odd window, but not be another straight line in the room
- the bed included a footboard
- and it was sort of in my budget (I was hoping for $100 or less, they were asking $200 – we met in the middle)
Here is how it all went down:
Ahh, the empty space…
No posts…, quadruple check!
I love it…
Uh, not so much.
Well, as we were putting the bed together, there were a few things we noticed immediately that made us not too pleased. (Sorry, I don’t have photos of these annoyances, as there was quite a bit of tension between my husband and me. I wanted the bed, he said the one we had was fine, but trusted me on my purchase.)
The first thing we noticed was that the bed frame and the wooden part of the bed are not attached to each other. Meaning the metal bed frame that holds the box spring and mattress is not attached to the pretty, wooden part of the bed. So it is like a bed island with a wooden moat. I have never seen this sort of arrangement in a bed frame. Maybe I just don’t purchase enough beds?
Examples of what I thought the bed assembly would look like:
But no, my bed looks like this (again, this is not my actual bed, but an example):
There is nothing to connect the two.
Very odd, indeed.
Oh, well, snafu #1.
Secondly, due to this odd arrangement, the bed sits too low for our liking.
Notice that the mattress’ height is much lower than the adjacent nightstands?
Perhaps five bed risers are the quick solution?
NO UNDERBED STORAGE!
That’s right, the new, wooden frame sits a mere two inches from the floor.
This is a major disappointment to us both.
All of the things perched at the end of our new bed lived under our previous bed.
I hadn’t anticipated that. I saw the bed unassembled and made the assumption (big mistake) that the bed was higher from the ground when assembled.
My husband was extremely mad at me, but he could see how upset I was about ‘the one’ not being as perfect as I had envisioned (okay, hoped).
To his credit, Chris, my husband, kept his anger in check (not that he has an anger problem) and gave me the biggest hug and swore to tease me for the rest of our lives about ‘that time I made him buy the bed he didn’t want and that we didn’t need‘.
Ugh, gotta love him.
But, he did agree that the bed looks nicer, fits the room better, and that the wood design (marquetry? inlaid?) is handsome.
I agree, I think the style of the bed is perfect. I love the mix of feminine (curves) and masculine (dark wood stain (I chose my wording carefully there)).
The room without the posts feels so much larger and more inviting.
Before, the posts were like the bars on a cage.
All in all, the bed is a keeper, we just need to find another spot for my husband’s out-of-season clothing and his guitars and their accessories. It will just take more tweaking that we hadn’t initially anticipated. It only adds to the list of things to be accomplished.
So, what are your thoughts? Have you ever owned or known of a bed that ‘fits’ together in this fashion?