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Putting the bed together.

If you missed: bed part 1,2,3

After we hauled the headboard up to the roof and through the window, we got to work on a base for the mattress… Our mattress is one of those tempurpedic memory foam things, and they are supposed to sit on a solid platform, not a traditional box spring.

You can buy a platform to match the mattress, but it’s essentially plywood covered with fabric, so we just made our own.  (Aside from being less expensive, our old house’s stairwell was even tighter than this one; assembling the platform in the bedroom was the only way to get it upstairs.) So we already had the components to build/retrofit a frame that would accommodate the bed.

On a side note, if you have an old house/narrow stairwell, the memory foam mattresses are far easier to get upstairs. They are flexible and sort of smushy… Which is going to come in handy here shortly.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

A video where we haul the bed up to the second-floor roof and shove it in the bedroom window.

In case you missed: bed part 1, bed part 2

The headboard alone was enough to sell me on this bed. If there had been nothing but the the fancy bit at the top glued to a cardboard refrigerator box, I would have liked it just as much.

Also, I hate footboards like I hate turtlenecks– a lot. So to find an antique bed designed with no footboard at all, and a fancy headboard nearly 7 feet tall, and will accommodate our queen-size mattress… (sort of.) I knew this was the bed I had been waiting for.

Besides, if at some point it turns out I was wrong and I do find a king-size bed? That will be EVEN BETTER. Because I will stack this bed on top of it and make bunkbeds of awesomeness.

**MUST read – hysterical** My latest Craigslist find was too large to fit up our old-house stairwell, so my husband built a RAMP TO THE ROOF!

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Craigslist bed saga, part two.

This is part two of the bed story. Part one is here. It contains important plot elements like sawing the mattress and other modifications for making a full-size antique bed fit a queen-size mattress.

Normally I do not like roadtrips. (Or any sort of unnecessary-leaving-of-the-house.) But it was a Sunday shortly before Christmas and it was actually really nice to randomly cut life.  Plus, for $300 and some driving, this was CLEARLY our bed.

I felt so strongly about it, that I was able to suspend my anxiety about traveling MANY hours to buy something off of Craigslist that I had not seen in person.

My experience with Craigslist is that about 50% of the time, you are going to be surprised. Not necessarily in a bad way. After all, I once responded to a Craigslist ad that contained no photo, no description, no anything… and ended up finding a kingdom, under a tarp, in an alley.

That was surprising.

** MUST read – this girl’s craigslist stories are hysterical.** If you like craigslist-bargains or estate-sale hunting, you MUST read the story of this antique bed.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.