Parsons Bed: Room & Board or West Elm?

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Q: After months of hemming and hawing, my husband and I recently bought the king sized Parsons Bed from Room and Board (shown above, left) for about $1,100 after shipping. It is set to be delivered next Tuesday. Last night I opened my new West Elm catalog to see their new 2x2 Metal Bed (shown above, right), which appears to be a near copy of the Parsons bed at half the price ($550 after shipping).

I'm wondering if it is worth the effort to refuse delivery, eat the shipping costs, and go for the West Elm bed. We have tested the Parsons bed and were very happy with how sturdy and solid it felt. We have no West Elm nearby, so we can't test the 2x2 out anytime soon. Has anyone seen both beds in person?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.