Dear AT, Since it's bedroom month, I thought I'd send along some photos of my new bed along with a plea for advice. I bought this bed a few weeks ago on Craigslist for only 75 bucks. It was hand made out of steel by a woman here in sf who used to be a furniture designer. She told me this bed was the prototype for a bed she later produced for several clients. It was a bit beat up and rusty... and admit that it got a bit worse while sitting out on the deck this last week waiting for a good polishing when it started raining a tiny bit. Oops!
In the end, it only took three of us a little more than an hour to scrub away the grime. Well, most of the grime. We got a little tired. After dragging it into the house and setting the whole thing up... I love it. I love my new bed. It's just that now I hate the rest of the house. The new bed is higher off the ground than I thought it would be, and I'm really used to sleeping on a low futon. This also brings a totally new perspective on the room, and raises so many questions. Like: 1. Does that rug need to go? it looks so weird now. Is it ok to have the bed on the bare floor? Or do I just need a different rug? 1.b. Can I still store stuff under the bed? 1.c. Are there some kind of feet I can attach to the legs? Rubber or the like? Those temporary cardboard feet don't look very nice, but keep any residual rust off the carpet for now. 2. What do I do with my duvet? it's not a platform bed, so I can't tuck it in, but it seems to hang oddly over the sides of the new bed. Hmm. 3. Oh that bedside table really has to go. And ideas? it's a pretty small space right there. Oh yes, and I also have no money. 4. Need to lower those photos over the bedside table! 5. Should I make a headboard? As in, the piece-of-wood-covered-in-fabric? Do I attach it to the bedframe? 6. Yes, everything on the dresser needs re-arranging, and that floor lamp is going to a new home. Still not happy with the shade on that table lamp. Hmm. Thanks in advance for any advice! Low-cost solutions always receive extra brownie points. Or extra brownies! ~dana