Help me find the bed of my dreams!
February 20, 2012 7:43 PM   Subscribe

Despite my minimalist style in general I have wanted a bed like the one in this article for as long as I can remember. Can you help me find one that doesn't cost $1000?

I'm a grown-up now, like no more college, real job, health insurance type grown-up. I need to get my mattresses off the floor and now I want my dream bed.

Pottery Barn has one that would be perfect! It also costs $800 + $150 delivery fee. That is a few hundred more than I can really spend.

Restoration Hardware is a little closer to the price range but I don't like the sold metal piece.

Things I like about it... The rounded corners (no finials!), the horizontal top (no curves, up or down), the straight, vertical bars.

I've looked all over amazon, ikea, overstock, nothing is quite right. I live in Austin, TX and don't care if it is on or offline. If you can just give me other stores I should be browsing I will happily do that. I've just never bought grown-up furniture before so I don't know where to start.

If you tell me I will have to spend $1000 and get the Pottery Barn one I'll do that too.
posted by magnetsphere to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Is this Ikea bed close? It's not totally horizontal on top, but it's pretty close.
posted by MadamM at 7:51 PM on February 20, 2012

Would a full-size one work, or does it need to be queen/king?
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:51 PM on February 20, 2012

Probably not super-helpful, but: a friend of mine found an antique bed just like this at a flea market in rural Minnesota for $100. You might want to check antique stores.
posted by lunasol at 7:53 PM on February 20, 2012 [3 favorites]

Charles P. Rogers has a queen iron for $800, with free shipping at the moment.
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:54 PM on February 20, 2012

Wesley Allen make nice looking and affordable metal beds. The workmanship is excellent for the price.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:55 PM on February 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

I think you should shop secondhand. I searched "brass bed" on eBay and turned up at least three good matches on the first page of results, two of which were under $300. They were all listed for "local pickup only" in places far from Austin, but if you search persistently, you may find something within easy driving distance. A better plan might be to talk to local used furniture dealers and ask them to keep an eye out for you, if they don't have just the right thing in stock. You'll pay them a premium as middlemen, of course, but the total could still be within your budget.
posted by Orinda at 7:57 PM on February 20, 2012

I Googled shabby chic bed frame and this came up.*nav_material/iron-metal*nav_type/conventional-beds*&currIndex=0&pageSize=32&currSort=item_score&sortDirection=desc

There's a few cute ones that are in the ballpark.-j03's wife
posted by j03 at 7:58 PM on February 20, 2012

How do these look?
posted by gregr at 8:00 PM on February 20, 2012

How about this?
posted by Orinda at 8:01 PM on February 20, 2012

Penney's has a few iron beds with rounded edges; here's an example.
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:01 PM on February 20, 2012

Or this?
posted by Orinda at 8:02 PM on February 20, 2012

You guys are awesome! For the record, definitely has to be queen. The first thing I bought when graduating was a brand new, actually comfortable, queen mattress set that isn't going anywhere.
posted by magnetsphere at 8:05 PM on February 20, 2012

Try searching for iron bed. This website looks to have a great selection in your price range.
posted by JujuB at 8:07 PM on February 20, 2012

Apparently Humble Abode is where I want to be! The Wesley Allen Laredo Iron bed is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for and for $400. Now I feel like an idiot for not finding it myself. I also can't explain how excited I am right now.
posted by magnetsphere at 8:14 PM on February 20, 2012 [2 favorites]

Craigslist also has nice options if you can arrange to pick something up
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve at 8:20 PM on February 20, 2012

I was just going to add, if it isn't urgent you really may want to check out craigslist. I've been amazed some of the stuff you can get (in like-new condition) with a bit of hunting... I purchased a PERFECT Italian leather sofa that cost the owner $1,300 a year before, for $200, and a rosewood four-post queen bed for $160.

The one you are looking at looks really nice, but just in case you want mor options, can't hurt to check. Iron especially tends to wear well and not make much difference buying used.
posted by celtalitha at 9:10 PM on February 20, 2012 [2 favorites]

If you're up for a DIY project, my husband made our headboard out of iron gas pipe. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the whole thing, but you can see a bit of it in this photo.
posted by workerant at 7:29 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

If it helps you bite the bullet and spend the money, I splurged on a Pottery Barn bed 15 years ago and it's the one thing in my apartment that I care at all about. When considering moving across the country, I realized that I could get rid of all my other belongings but would still have to rent a U-Haul to move the bed because leaving it behind is not an option. Totally worth the money. And I don't say that lightly - I'm a total cheapskate.
posted by valeries at 8:36 AM on February 21, 2012

Try out the bed first! You may like the look but not the actual feel. In that case, you might like this.
posted by hmo at 9:04 AM on February 21, 2012

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