It all started with the mattress. When my husband and I were newlyweds seven years ago, we were just finishing up college and working part-time jobs. We bought the cheapest, most inexpensive mattress one could buy at the Art Van Clearance Center. As it turns out, it's not even a standard full size mattress - my feet hang off the end, and I'm only 5'6".
We finally had enough of that under-sized mattress, and the squeaky metal bed frame that went with it. We were on a budget, and I spent a few weeks researching what I wanted.
#1: a mattress with pocket coils and a pillow top. The pocket coils are supposed to prevent up and down movements being transferred from one side of the bed to the other.
#2: a bed frame with headboard that is actually attractive. Our previous bed frame was a simple, metal frame, and the headboard was attached separately. I think this contributed to the squeaking. I wanted a frame where the headboard was a part of the frame. I also wanted an upholstered headboard with a mid-century vibe to fit with our 1959 ranch house.
#3: everything, the bed including the bedding, couldn't be over $1,000.
#4: everything had to be new. I am all for buying second-hand; accepting hand-me-downs; thrifting, etc.; BUT! Not when it comes to beds. I have heard of way too many people having bed bugs, and it's a risk I'm not willing to take. So new furniture and mattress it is.
I decided on the Stacy Queen Platform Bed in gray*. Most upholstered beds in my price range were a faux leather material that I did not like, and this was one of the few that was upholstered fabric. Additionally, it was gray like I was hoping for, and even the legs of the bed look great with the mid-century feel that I'm going for.
It occurred to me that a platform bed would help me stay on budget, since I wouldn't have to buy a box spring to go with the mattress. The Stacy platform bed comes with 12 slats (vs. other beds that only came with 4 slats), which helps with stability.
This bed frame was $526. I got it for $263 on Amazon*, with $89 shipping.
The next step was the mattress. Many mattresses, even on Amazon, come in a set with a box spring. I did not need a box spring, so that narrowed the search. Only wanting pocket coils also narrowed the search. I picked the Classic Brands Gramercy 14 Inch Hybrid Cool Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattress, Queen Size*. The coils are separated by their own little pockets; it is a 14" mattress topped with 6 layers of pillow top fibers, foam, and cool gel memory foam. It shipped free with Amazon Prime for $549.78. When we tried it out, I couldn't feel any movement from the other side of the bed. Amazing.
Finally, I needed a mattress pad; a comforter; and sheets. I chose the Utopia Bedding Fitted Mattress Cover ($17.99); the 1500 thread count, 4 piece bed sheet set in gray* for $25; and the Cozy Beddings Reversible Down Alternative Comforter Set, Full/Queen, Green/Sage* for $56.99. I got free shipping on all of these items.
The throw pillow is a cover that I already owned. It's actually my own design, which you can find on Society6 for $20.
The grand total of everything, including shipping, was $1,001.76. I was $1.76 over budget, and I am totally okay with that. This bed is also kitty-approved:
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