Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bedroom update: Upholstered headboard and frame

An upholstered headboard had been on my wish list for a few years, and finally I have one of my very own.  Here’s what my bed looks like today:


Here's what it looked like just after we built and moved into our house three years ago.  It wasn't horrible by any means, but it was no longer my style, and it just bugged me more and more as time went on.  (I get obsessive like that.)

Noodles and Domino liked the bed, but I grew to resent it.

I had seen Crate & Barrel’s Colette Bed at their store a couple years ago, but it costs a whopping $1899 for a king size.  And I've seen an identical bed for over $3000 elsewhere online.


I stumbled upon the Copy Cat Chic blog a few months back, and one of the “copycat” finds was a bed that looked like the Colette, but at a much lower price.  However, someone who had seen it in person said the quality was not good, so I kept looking.

Back in November, I was hot on the upholstered headboard trail, and I spotted an upholstered bed (headboard + frame) on Overstock.com for a price I was willing to pay, and I purchased it right away, fearing that it would be out of stock and gone forever.

Quincy Natural Twill Bed, sold at many online retailers
Once it was delivered, I realized the fabric had a "fuzzy" texture, like velour or microsuede, which I was not a huge fan of.  Oops.  I had wanted a linen-like fabric.  And once I assembled the whole bed by myself while The Mr. was at a gig, I realized the headboard was not nearly tall enough for my liking.  Double oops.  When I stood the pillows up, they pretty much covered the headboard, which is not the look I was going for. I guess I was so excited to buy the bed before it was out of stock that I didn't think to check the dimensions.

I could have returned the bed, but I would have to pay for shipping and it would be around $200, so that was a no-go.  Instead, I posted the bed on Craigslist (my first posting on CL ever).  It sold within a couple weeks to a young couple who were looking for an upholstered headboard that would fit beneath a row of high windows in their bedroom.  They got the bed at a good deal, and I got rid of it so I could continue my search.  (Unfortunately I had to eat around a hundred bucks in the process.  Let's just call it a life lesson.)

There are so many DIY upholstered headboard tutorials online, and they are totally doable, but the ones I saw just didn't have the end result that I wanted.  I didn't feel like they were deep enough or that the seams were "finished" looking.  And we would have to purchase a plain bed frame and attach the headboard either to it or the wall.  I really wanted our headboard to wow me, and I was afraid a DIY just wouldn't meet expectations.

I spent many nights searching and searching, and finally found another copycat of the C&B Colette.  Then I spent another week or so looking for the best price.  It's amazing how varied prices can be for furniture online -- not just differences between the high-end find and the lower-cost find, but even among online retailers that sell the exact same brand/model.

Aisling Cream Fabric Platform Bed, sold at many online retailers

I even ordered a fabric sample because my only worry was that the fabric wouldn't meet my expectations again.  It looked like a linen texture, and it looked like a linen color, but after the fabric debacle on the last bed, and since the color in the name of the bed is "cream," I was a little scared because I did not want an off-white bed.  After all, there would be no returnsies or Craigslisties this time.  I was going to be stuck with whatever I bought.

Up-close shot

After two weeks and two calls about the fabric sample, it still had not arrived.  Meanwhile, the Mr. and I had grown weary of sleeping on just our queen mattress on the floor since we had taken down our old bed and didn't feel like putting it back together.

I had read some reviews of the bed online by a couple people who had also looked for a less expensive version of the C&B Colette bed, and they said that this bed would not disappoint, so I pulled the trigger at long last.

I couldn't be more happy with my new bed.  Here's why:

  • Classic camelback shape
  • Linen-look fabric
  • Silver nailhead trim
  • Beefy depth of the headboard
  • You can see plenty of headboard above the pillows
I'm so glad to have this process over and I'm so glad to be sleeping off the floor again!


Oh, and if my old bed does look like your style, I have a king-size bed, dresser, chest, and 2 nightstands if you are interested in any or all!

Coming soon:  What's hanging above the bed

Hollie

Update: Check out my House Tour page to see what the bed and this room looks like currently. It has changed a lot since this post!

31 comments:

  1. where did you end up finding your bed? It's lovely and would like to know where to find it and know what it costs : ).

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  2. @Charisma At the time, I found the best price at Tycromedia.com, but they aren't carrying the bed right now. Fortunately for you Overstock has it for a better price than what I paid. But if you're serious, you better hurry, because it goes out of stock really quickly on there. You can also do an online search for "Aisling cream fabric bed" and you'll get lots of hits.

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  3. I'm totally debating between a nailhead trim bed or a tufted bed. This is wonderful - love the linen look! And I know what you mean about things just bugging you more and more over time. I bought my bed (an iron number) a few years ago and liked it but now...ehh. It's just not what I LOVE. And since we are looking for a king size bed anyway, I might as well find a style that's gorgeous and timeless. I love the way your bedroom is coming together!

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  4. If anyone is still looking for a colette knockoff, I've found two at stellar prices-urbanhome.com has one for under $600 and so does skyline furniture!

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  5. @Anonymous Thanks for giving my readers a heads up, Anonymous. The Urban Home version (the Lauren Bed) looks great online, but someone who saw it in person said it's not great quality. Since buying furniture online can be tricky, and since I've ended up with something I wasn't thrilled about three different times, I didn't want to take any chances! I looked at a lot of Skyline products online but got the idea they weren't good quality either. I'm really picky, and wanted to find something I'd be happy with for a long time, and the Aisling bed fits the bill perfectly.

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  6. how tall is the headboard from the floor? I really want one, but some websites state it is 43" and others say 52"

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  7. Blogger - My headboard measures about 50.5 inches high at the center. I had found the same conflicting info that you did about the Aisling bed when I was researching it. I wanted a headboard high enough to be seen quite a bit above the pillows, and it ended up being perfect.

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  8. Thanks for the height info. My bed is on its way from OS! I'm very excited...

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  9. I'm about to pull the trigger and buy the Aisling bed. I have read some reviews that say the bed is too long and there is space between the mattress and end of the bed so you can see the slats underneath. The dimensions are 1" longer than the Colette bed. Does your Aisling have this extra space and if so, does it bother you? I'm purchasing for my 14 year old daughter but I'm scared the space will annoy me. Thanks!

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  10. Anonymous - The only space is at the corners at the end of the bed. If you look closely, you might be able to see the metal frame inside the upholstered frame, but my bedding covers that up. I am SUPER picky, and get easily annoyed by little things, but I'm extremely happy with the Aisling bed and would buy it again in a heartbeat!

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  11. I know the bed is described as platform and traditionally you wouldn't use a box spring with it but I'm wondering if you do or how you think it would do with one? I'm not crazy about the really low to the floor look of a platform bed so I'd want to use our box spring with it. Trying to figure out how much headboard space would still show above my euro shams if I went this route. Thank you!!

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    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean! I was not wild about a platform either. I had looked up the viability of using my box springs too, and it would be fine mechanically, but when I tried it, there wasn't enough of the headboard left for my liking.

      Surprisingly, this particular bed doesn't feel low-to-the-ground. It might have felt different for a couple days, but after that it felt no different than before.

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  12. Hello Hollie , My name is Pooja and i came upon your blog while doing a search for the aisling king size bed. I am about to pull the trigger today on overstock.com and was doing the last minute research to convince myself that this indeed is a wiser choice vs the C&B Collete bed.
    Looks like you have had this for over a year now so I would so so very much appreciate your advice on this. It is a beautiful bed - i have no doubts about that but i am a little concerned about the qualty and its sturdiness and longevity. After over a year is it still holing up good? is the fabric pilling at all? With research i found that the slats are not firm but a bendable and flexible type - is that enough support without a box spring - i have twin toddlers and they will definitly be jumping on this :-)

    I am crossing my fingers to see a reply from you today and will be watching the blog for it. Thanks much in advance! Pooja

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    1. I meant "holding up"...

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  13. Happy to help, Pooja! I still highly recommend the Aisling bed. After about a year and a half, it still looks new. No pilling of the fabric. No creaking of the frame or wood slats, which both seem to be super-storng. The nailheads are really classy looking (some nailhead furniture can be not as high-quality-looking when you see it up close). I would buy it again in a heartbeat, so I recommend you pull the trigger! And it's a better price today than what I paid, so even better!

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  14. Thanks Hollie for getting back so quickly and your advice! I ordered it and now I am anxiously waiting for its arrival :)

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  15. May I ask how thick your king mattress is? I just purchased the king bed and in the process of buying a new mattress to go with it. However, I'm unsure if I should go with an 8, 10, 12, or even 14 inch mattress. I didn't want too thin of a mattress that things look off balance. Thank you for all your help!

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    1. Our mattress is 12 inches deep. It works well, but you could definitely go with a 14-inch as well. 8 inches would look puny, and 10 wouldn't be ideal. The lower your mattress, the lower you'll be to the ground (which will feel funny at first no matter what), and the less "plush" your bed will feel. Let me know how it goes!

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  16. I am so glad to find this post! I have been dreaming of the Colette bed, but my hubs is not a fan of the price. Thank you!

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    1. The Aisling is a wonderful alternative. It looks the same, but the price is so reasonable!

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  17. HI! I am a little late to this party but I was about to order the Colette bed when I came across your site while looking for a cheaper alternative. The only problem I might have is that the aisling seems much bigger than colette. Are the manufacturers measurments accurate 90" D and 86"W ? The Colette is 87D and 82 W Seems like the aisling is a lot bigger! I really need to know so I don't order the aisling and cant fit it. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi, Tara. The dimensions of my king size Aisling are 88-3/4 long, 82-1/2 wide, 51 high.

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    2. Thanks so much!!!!!! That will work! I really appreciate you taking the time to measure! :)

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  18. I really want this bed but would need to take out the inner slats and drop by ergo adjustable bed frame into the hole created by the side rails and headboard/foot rail. Since you put it together do you think that it would be possible to use it without the inner slats? Thanks!

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    1. The dimensions inside the frame are about 77.5 inches. The top of the frame sits just less than 11.5 inches off the floor, so as long as that would hide your adjustable frame, I think it would probably work.

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    2. Just to add, the inner frame and slats and the brackets that hold them could be left out when you would assemble the bed.

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  19. it seems like the bed is not available in cream anymore :( boo..

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  20. No it isn't available in cream anymore! I ended up going with another bed because this one only comes in gray now.

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  21. I have a question - can I still use my box spring with this?

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    1. I guess technically you could, but you don't need to, because it's a platform and the slats are where the support for the mattress comes from. Plus if you use the box spring, the mattress will sit up higher and cover some of the lovely headboard! For me, the bed felt low at first without the box spring, but we got used to it within a few days.

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