In the last almost 4 years we’ve been married, we’ve never really gotten around to buying bedroom furniture. For the most part, that’s been fine. It’s not a room that most people see (well, except blog readers and us!). We bought the essentials, a queen mattress and box spring, and a metal frame to pick them up off the floor, an inexpensive dresser, and a freestanding full length mirror from Target. Combined with a handed down armoire and nightstand, and we had the basics. Other rooms ranked much higher on the furnishing priority list.
As the last few years have gone by, though, my satisfaction waned with the situation. I really wanted a bed. A real bed. With a headboard to lean against to read, and a footboard to keep the comforter off the floor (and ahem, out from under Guinness’ lounging furry self).
I tried really hard to convince myself not to give in, to wait until we were ready to buy an actual bedroom set. It’s inefficient to bring in an imperfect piece of furniture only to replace in a few years. But the last couple years since we’ve been in this house has made clear that we aren’t getting much closer to shopping for that bedroom set. New priorities – house related, and non-house related – keep cropping up. And that nagging want for a real bed remained.
So, after months of trolling Craig’s List, and a few listings that I lost out on to someone faster, this weekend we found, saw, and bought a bed frame!
I’d been looking for a slatted mission/shaker style bed, preferably with an arched head- and footboard. Those don’t seem to come up very often. I saw this one, though, the price was right, and it was awfully close to the target.
After we got it all set up, I was really glad we did it. It is delightful to have side rails that take the place of a bed skirt. What with sharing a bedroom with this character:
ease of vacuuming is a big plus. The too-long bedskirt that we’ve used for the last few years was not a win on that count; it needed to be hoisted up to vacuum under. Plus, it just looked sloppy and too big. It just wasn’t working for me. The footboard keeps the comforter from slipping off the foot of the bed and becoming a de facto dog bed, and the headboard keeps the pillows from doing the same thing at the head. Reading in bed is a lot more comfortable, too.
There were a few things that surprised me, though.
– the headboard is really tall!
– it’s a lot bigger than the bare metal frame was. There’s less room to walk around, even though it’s exactly the same mattress & box spring we’ve always had. I was not anticipating that.
– we’ll need even tinier night stands than I’d expected as a result.
All in all, though, a very exciting second hand purchase! Another score for Craig’s List.