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  1. KateS
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    It would be a shame to hide all that lovely wood…. have you thought about repurposing the headboard and part of the sides/end into a daybed?


  2. savannah
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Is it possible to just use the headboard and find another room to use the rest of the bed frame? Your husband seems like a handy guy who could probably figure out how to make that happen! 😉 xox


  3. Janet Ya Ya Westelle
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Or a throne?


    • Linda
      January 21, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

      A throne. Genius.


    • Mary Hall
      January 21, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

      A throne…I could totally see this working, but only if it were sitting in front of an awesome mirror so you could see yourself in all your splendor. Too bad you don’t have a mirror. 😉


  4. Lori
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    Um, you do know that you can get bespoke mattresses? Just a suggestion.

    You’re welcome, Paul!!


  5. Penny
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    It is easier to have a mattress custom-made (to fit the dimensions of the frame) than you think. (I had a double extra-long mattress/box springs made for an awkward shaped guest room.) Of course, that doesn’t solve the problem of getting everything up the stairs.)


  6. Ellen
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    Get that bed!!! You NEED that bed! It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission!!!


  7. helenel
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    My father did something like this to a bedstead that belonged to my great-grandmother. But my Dad is like a RAWR DO IT guy. So…he used steel. And bolts. And the bed was solid. And my mother bought bedskirts. So, even tho the “integrity of the piece” was compromised, it all basically looked good and didn’t wobble.

    You should see the rest of their 1890s Queen Anne Victorian, tho. Home Depot’d up the ying-yang. I used to cry after I’d been over there.


  8. Jayne Z
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Seriously, you could have a good finish carpenter (maybe even Paul) just cut the sides of the bed, add a filler, finish to match the original and your problem is solved. I would definitely add a center support and box spring so the mattress sits up high enough in all it’s grandeur! Can’t wait to read the rest of the story.


  9. magdalena
    January 21, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    Your Craigslist odysseys always have my husband and I in stitches! $300?! For that lovely lady? It’s like they paid you to take it.


  10. judy
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:02 am

    I sold furniture and I can assure you, Paul and the Bed Troll that this is solvable. We took king sized bed frames(this was back in the day when everyone had a camel back sofa, two wing chairs and all cherry furniture or carved mahogany)- apart and forced them up narrow stairways that were designed in olden days for verrrrrrrrrrrrry teeny tiny people. Once you get your hands on it you will ………..Paul– will see that it can accommodate a king without surgery to your mattress or anesthesia (the anesthesia would naturally be for Paul) You can patch an extender on the inside of the rails and set a metal bedframe inside of that or just get larger slats to hold the mattress. Any-Hoo you are the most talented writer and you need to consider going Pro!


  11. Valerie
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    It really is a shame to cover all that fabulous wood with a mattress and comforter. Perhaps you could re-think the platform idea and make it a bed for Elvis! The platform probably wouldn’t be too low for Elvis. And she deserves a spectabilistic bed too! I’m sure Paul could whip up a padded platform that would fit inside the bedframe. He’s a sweetie like that. Consult the bed troll and let us know what she thinks. Love, love, love you and your blog.


  12. Brynne@TheGatheredHome
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    I love it! You are the writer I always dream of becoming 🙂
    That bed is fabulous, and I have supreme confidence in your crazed-bed-troll-problem-solving skills!


  13. kerri
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    So, you DID go get it, right?


  14. Alex - Old Town Home
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Just to give a little fuel to the fire…You know our antique headboard and footboard from our master bedroom is a turn of the century bed retrofitted for a modern queen mattress?

    It was actually an eBay find, and the retrofit wasn’t horribly difficult given the configuration of the bed. The side rails were moved out slightly and connected to the headboard and footboard with some steel angle pieces and about 8 bolts on each. Also, the side rails were extended a bit in the same way. Then those steel pieces were disguised with stained wood attached to them.

    With the curved connection on the footboards you can likely do the same and then just make the curves a bit longer. Up at the headboard, you just move the rails out some and adjust the side details to accommodate.

    Very interested to see how this turns out, but I think it’s totally doable!


  15. Karen B.
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I agree with some of your readers, get a custom box frame for the bottom, put your memory foam (after being cut down just a smidge) on top. The bed will be high enough and fabulous.
    I’m putting my house on the market and moving to Philadelphia, all for the furniture available on craigslist!


    • Mary Hall
      January 21, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

      Or Hagerstown, Karen B. Seems like they have some awesomeness there. Or they did. (Waiting for Part 2.)


  16. Steph
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Just get the bed and buy the correct size mattress. It probably takes a full, will accommodate a queen with some maneuvering, and don’t forget the current owner’s measurements could be slightly off. Or way off. Mirror troll talking here.

    You can also have mattresses custom made. Isn’t it time for a new mattress anyway?

    You won’t miss the extra three inches of mattress. Trust me. I am over 6 ft tall and my husband is just under 6 ft tall. Sleeping sideways works fine. Sometimes. And we have a guest room if needed.

    As for the headboard – ask the guy to send you a photo of the back. I think these headboards sometimes come apart into two sections. See the horizontal lines? Why are they there otherwise? It must come apart. And since the bed was built for a Victorian house, and probably originally bought for a Victorian house, and it’s now not in a Victorian house – this must be the case, because how did it get out of the Victorian house? See – it’s completely logical.


  17. Gusmom
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Look at RV mattresses. They are made with the traditional widths but a few inches shorter. Try or any other supplier of RV stuff.

    That said, I have seen some amazing antique beds that have been expanded to work with queen or king size mattresses. You have to realize you will sacrifice value of the piece when you do this (or have it done). However, a good furniture maker/repairer can extend the length of the runners on the bed and can split the headboard a bit on each side, leaving the beautiful header intact, adding sections to increase the width. If they do it right, you would never know the bed was modified.


  18. Jenn
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    As always, I am rolling. I feel like every time I find something on Craigslist I have the EXACT same scenario with my husband–almost word for word. I still have faith that some day they will understand our genius!


  19. Jenny
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    Elizabeth: That bed is wonderful and full of character. You must have it, so any measures to get it into your bedroom and fitted with an appropriate mattress are justified. Go do it.
    I understand this completely because I had searched for THE perfect sofa for years. I would not compromise. And lo! I finally found it, had it reupholstered just as my dreams of it had directed me for so long. It was a little (ahem) pricey, but I was doing this for my husband’s home. I was thinking of him, (ahem again) you know. The day it was delivered, it would not fit through our front door. Nor the back door. My only recourse was the sawzall. I handed it to the deliveryman and disregarded his widened eyes and protestations, threatening him that if he wouldn’t cut down the enclosing wall of the deck off my kitchen, I would, and probably cut off my foot, and he would be responsible. I would see to it that he would be responsible. So he did, and they moved that gorgeous sofa through the huge hole ,er, opening onto the deck, through the wide French doors of the breakfast room (just a minor effort to move the furniture there-) past the kitchen (tight squeeze past the ‘fridge, but we didn’t have to move it) through the dining room, and Yes! Into the living room! Perfect! Until I realized my sofa makes all the other furnishings look pathetic, so my next task is to convince hubby that HE needs all new lovely stuff to pair with that sofa. And that rather than repairing the deck, all he needs to do is make a gate where the hole-er, CONVENIENT new opening is, so next time there will be no problem getting the lovely new stuff into the house. As I said, all this work and planning has been for him. He works hard. He deserves a lovely home to rest and relax in after he has worked so hard all day. Just not on the sofa. He has a lovely recliner in his “man cave” for that.


  20. Margaret
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Easy-peasy to make it fit. As a long time overseer of projects, I cannot see why Paul is making fuss! Just get it home and look at it. Once you have it onsite the solution will present itself. Don’t bother me with details, that isn’t my department.


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