We’re in full-on big boy/guest room planning these days. It’s t-minus 11 days until Eli’s big 0-3 birthday, and I’m hopeful we can pull this thing together before then.
If you remember from last week’s post, Eli’s room currently looks like this.
We also don’t have a guest room, but get a lot of visitors.
So, we’ve decided to upgrade both Eli’s and our guests’ experiences. Hopefully, we can make Eli’s room one that will work for a 3-year-old and our friends/family coming into town.
The only piece of furniture we need to purchase is the bed. We already have a dresser and some great vintage side tables (more on those later!)
I was originally drawn to this bed for it’s clean lines and beautiful wood tone. But since his side tables are also a warm wood color, I feel like the bed needs to add some contrast. Also, I don’t want to spend $1,500 on a bed right now…(but, how gorgeous is this bed??)
So, I decided to go the iron bed frame route, which I’m very much drawn to these days. They add some character, and work in a small room. They feel more light to me, instead of a solid wood frame that would take up valuable visual space in a small room. And, the black adds the contrast I’m looking for. You can’t go wrong with black, I don’t think! I love the room below.
Here are the top three options I’ve found in my hunting. They’re all under $300 (the two Target beds are an additional 10% off right now – score!) There were obviously more options from other online sources, but I’m a commitment phobe. If I buy one of these and don’t like it, I can just return it to the store – no return shipping costs. Online shopping is great, but big ticket purchases like furniture always make me nervous…
This one is beautiful, and a good price point (it’s also the bed in the inspo picture above), but I think the details on this one are a bit too traditional for what I’m going for.
This one has less traditional detailing and could be a winner. The lines are nice and clean. The frame looks like it is painted metal, though, so that seems like it might look cheap (because, well, it is cheap.)
I LOVE the more modern look of this one…I also like that it doesn’t have a food board, making the bed take up even less visual space in the room. The only thing I worry about with this one is if the metal slats are too far apart on the headboard. Would pillows fall through the openings? I think I’m going to have to head to Ikea and try it out for myself. That thing is beautiful.
Or, do I start trolling Craigslist to find a cool vintage bed? I love the patina of the one above…maybe I’ll start searching to see if there’s anything interesting.
Which is your favorite? Any other sources you can pass along?