Good Questions: Dana's New Bed Perplexer

Good Questions: Dana's New Bed Perplexer

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 21, 2006

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

Dear Dana,

We're only going to bite off the rug issue. We would recommend getting rid of the rug for two reasons: one, it is sort of wasted under the bed and two, it - combined with the bedframe - really gives a cold feeling to the bedroom. We'd like to see the cool bedframe against your wood floors and see something a little more colorful in the way of rugs on either side of the bed. We also think that you are a perfect candidate for Angela Adams studio rugs (which remind us of the great colors in your bathroom!).

Anyone else??

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