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The word affordable usually sends me off to do a quick search of IKEA:Malm Headboardhttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90160503paired with the Engan Bed Frame:http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99861533Total price: $250Heimdal Steel Frame ($129):http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S69849769with a piece of purchased veneer from the local lumbar yard/home improvement store to cover the backboard.Total cost, likely around $150.Just two hacks to start with.
I immediately thought of the Engan frame too... which is weird, 'cause it looks NOTHING like what they asked for, but I think it's a really nice sleek-ish frame. But yeah, if they've the time and skills, Heimdal would be the bestestest choice. :) AWESOME JOB W/the linking SARAH! :)
How about a bed from Ikea (like the HEIMDAL) with a headboard from somewhere else? Maybe a handyperson or lumberyard can cut a piece and stain it for you? I do like the darker wood.The Malm Headboard is a good idea... if you can stain the veneer. Maybe contact Ikea and see if that's possible.
You could also modify this bed from overstock to make something similar, although it has a footboard, unlike the open ended style of the R&B bed.http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Plaza-Queen-size-Platform-Bed/4068165/product.html
The CB2 Tatami bed is similar (but different woodtone): http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=400&f=4258Also, consider getting a very simple platform bed and making a wall-mounted headboard from stained plywood. The headboard of the Copenhagen bed seems a little flimsy to me. I mean, it's good quality, but it's attached with two metal brackets and the whole thing sort of wobbles if you lean against it.
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