Seeking simple four-poster beds
September 5, 2012 1:17 PM   Subscribe

My wife and I really love this simple, wooden four-poster bed from the design showroom SUITE New York. Unfortunately, it costs over $8,000, which is a good bit more than we'd like to pay. Can you recommend any cheaper beds in a similar style, or stores/designers which might carry something like this? (We live in NYC.) Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
How close are you to Vermont? (Prices shown include shipping).
posted by tilde at 1:20 PM on September 5, 2012 [2 favorites]

Room and Board. I found the salespeople in the Soho store very helpful when I bought my bed from there.
posted by John Cohen at 1:24 PM on September 5, 2012

Pottery Barn farmhouse bed.
posted by 8dot3 at 1:27 PM on September 5, 2012

Seconding Room & Board; looks like something I'd expect to see there.
posted by primethyme at 1:28 PM on September 5, 2012

John Cohen's idea is about half the price as the one I found.
posted by 8dot3 at 1:28 PM on September 5, 2012

Crate and Barrel has the Pavillion Canopy Bed at their outlet. Queen is $1199 and King is $1399
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:37 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Here is one that is made of solid hardwood by a New Mexico manufacturer. You can buy it from this website, and if you don't like the pictured headboard there are a number of different options you can pick from (including no headboard). Should be under $1,000 even if you pick the more expensive options.

I have a simpler (non-four-poster) maple platform bed from the same company and it's very solidly constructed although the design is pretty basic.
posted by enn at 1:40 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Are you handy? You can get the platform bed from Ikea and screw 2X4s to the frame. Home Depot or Lowes will cut them to the length you want.
posted by Yellow at 1:41 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

This is similar.
posted by essexjan at 1:58 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I build furniture (good stuff), so here's my 2 cents:

At $8K for the original, you're not paying for the bed, you're paying for the privilege of shopping at a fashionable boutique furniture store. There's nothing about the bed itself that can possibly justify that price.

Tilde's Vermont suggestion is probably the best-built, and also the best option if you want a natural wood finish. But it's still about three grand for a queen.

The similar-looking ones from Room & Board are all steel, not wood.

The ones from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn are decently well made (not great) but painted.

The one made in New Mexico is junk; there's simply not enough wood there to make a sound structure. At less than $1K, I suspect the fit and finish is pretty bad.

I don't see anything in IKEA's catalog that would be worth modifying to achieve this look, either.
posted by jon1270 at 2:18 PM on September 5, 2012 [5 favorites]

The discontinued Ikea Edland is similar, and solid wood. It's probably not the sturdiest thing, as it is Ikea furniture, but should be pretty easy to find on Craigslist.
posted by sawdustbear at 2:31 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I've had good luck getting furniture custom built in NYC. Post something on Craigslist and see what you come up with? Or MeMail me for a rec.
posted by snickerdoodle at 2:52 PM on September 5, 2012

+1 for the Architecture bed at Room & Board. West Elm briefly made a knockoff. I bought it and regret it. Sure, I saved money, but there is no substitute for the real Architecture bed (except for maybe the Portica Bed, also from Room & Board)
posted by 2oh1 at 3:49 PM on September 5, 2012

Have someone build it for you. Or, if you have the space, tools, and inclination, give it a go yourself. But there are tons of folks in NYC who would build this for a fair price.
posted by barnone at 4:11 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Amish Modern Shaker Canopy Bed - about $1k
posted by barnone at 4:31 PM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Thank you for all the recommendations. We bought our last couch at Room & Board and have been very pleased. However, we do prefer wood to metal.

We have no desire to build a bed ourselves, or hack something together from Ikea parts. We also have no desire to buy something from a fashionable boutique and pay for the privilege, hence our question in the first place! Again, really appreciate all these suggestions.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 4:50 PM on September 5, 2012

Here's a nice one for about $3,000. But I have no idea if they'd ship it from Portland, OR.
posted by bennett being thrown at 6:56 PM on September 5, 2012

We bought a great king size canopy bed at - it's sold out now but I see another with good reviews. I realize it's not the colour you were after but if it's the minimalist canopy aspect that appeals to you, you might like this.
posted by Dragonness at 9:03 PM on September 5, 2012

Ikea do something very similar in design ... google image search ikea 4 poster bed and the first few images are what I bought ... but it doesn't seem to be available on their online catalog.

I can confirm that it was damn comfy ... but the quality of the materials was not the best ... solid enough, but not exactly hardwood.
posted by jannw at 3:34 AM on September 6, 2012

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