I’ve been bed shopping lately. “Lately” being a relative term, because it feels like much, much longer than that. It started off innocently enough, with Adam and I on our floor mattress, dreaming about what bed would be the one to finally lift us up off the concrete. Our bedroom is rustic and fairly masculine, and it has all the traditional elements you need for a great room – wood, stone, metal, white, some color, and plants. The only thing it was missing was leather. A leather bed would be perfect.
I ran across a huge stumbling block on my search for a leather bed though. Turns out real, rustic, sexy leather is WAY out of our price range. Adam and I talked about making one on our own, but honestly, neither one of has the energy for that right now.
So I started looking for alternatives, and ran across the Arne bed from West Elm.
This bed seemed like a good compromise. It was wood, but it had leather cushions on the headboard. I also really liked the simple slatted wood headboard and MCM aesthetic, it would look great next to the white spindle leg nightstands in our room. The price for this bed in a king is $1,600 (you can also buy it without the cushions for $1,200), and when you add in tax and shipping the price borders on two grand. So I decided to stalk our local West Elm outlet for a drastically cheaper one while I was looking at other options.
Here are a few of my favorites….
(Also know as the Glidden Platform Bed on Wayfair)
(I *almost* bought this one because the price only $1,050 for a great looking king size leather bed…then I realized its not leather, it’s upholstery. It’s a great fake though, it had me fooled!)
Then I came across this one, which was being sold everywhere for about $550 for a king.
I thought it was a pretty decent look-a-like to the West Elm bed, and when I came across it on totallyfurniture.com for $400 (including tax and shipping!) I pulled the trigger.
It arrived in three small boxes and a hundred pieces, but it went together pretty easily. The quality isn’t the best, but it’s not the worst either…and for $400 Adam and I didn’t even care because we were getting off the floor.
Not a bad knock-off, right?
Next, it was time to conquer the bedding.
So here’s the thing about the bedding…I don’t love the way it turned out and I’m changing most of it, so this is more of a first draft.
So let’s chat about all the elements, starting with the leather pillows.
What I was trying to do was copy the West Elm bed with the leather cushions, only for a much cheaper price. So I bought three of these 24 x24 faux leather pillows from Amazon for $36 each. Real leather ones were insanely expensive, and these looked like a great fake and have amazing reviews.
They are a great fake, but they are too tall and hide pretty much all of the headboard (which is so much shorter than I thought it would be…or maybe we just have a super thick mattress? Either way). Also, the fake leather against the wood headboard to too slick, they slide all over and refuse to stay on the bed. So I’m returning them.
The sheets are from a company called Saatva, and they sent them to me (free of charge) to review on the blog. They aren’t cheap sheets, a queen set is $195 and a king is $215. Admittedly, this isn’t a price point I would have considered if I were paying for them. I’ve always bought cheap sheets…and I now realize that my sheets have always sucked.
These sheets are SO SOFT. They’re organic and fair trade, plus cozy, breathable, and perfect. They’ve completely ruined me. FYI, they would make an awesome Christmas gift for frugal parents who would never splurge on their own.
Saatva also sent pillows to try, and I really like these as well. It’s hard to recommend pillows because everyone has different pillow preferences (I’m a latex foam kinda girl), but it’s hard to imagine someone not liking these. The pillow is made of shredded latex foam wrapped in a layer of cloudlike cushioning, and its supportive, soft, and surprisingly heavy.
Next up we have the blue and white striped lumbar pillow.
You may have noticed that it looks a little funny, and that’s because it’s not a pillow, it’s a rug.
I wanted a really textured, thick, extra long kilim style pillow, but I couldn’t find one that I liked and was in my price range (this was the theme of all my bedroom shopping). I did find this 2×3 rug though…which when you fold it in half, fill full of stuffing, and sew it closed becomes a beautiful pillow. I haven’t gotten around to actually making it yet though, so this is purely hypothetical. I really like the texture, it’s not scratchy, and the colors are perfect, so I bought another one and plan to (somehow) make two rug-sham pillows for against the headboard. Then a leather lumbar will go in the front, because I want to get leather in here somehow (even if it’s just a tiny amount).
Last but not least we have the bedspread. It’s from Wayfair, and it was only $40 for an oversized king. It’s a great deal and the quality is pretty good, but it’s going back. It’s WAY too white against the stone wall and off-white furniture and curtains.
I already knew that I wanted an off-white linen duvet cover, but at $260 I thought that a $40 bedspread (with 12k reviews and 4.5 stars) would be almost as good and a budget saver. But it wasn’t, so I sucked it up and ordered a reversible linen duvet cover from an Etsy shop called Dejavu Linen.
The bed is still a work in progress, but I love it so much and I never want to get out of it. I’m writing this post from bed right now, and its cold in my room and warm in bed, and it’s just so dang cozy and soft. If I didn’t have to get up and get my boys off to school then I wouldn’t even be considering getting out of it right now.