Upholstered Dreaming

How many of you are getting excited for the holidays?  Personally, I’m getting really excited for Thanksgiving, because with Thanksgiving comes…BLACK FRIDAY.  And Black Friday is basically my favorite day of the year.  I may be exaggerating slightly, but I really do love it.  Especially when you have things you want to buy. 

This year, I’m hoping to buy a lot of our furniture on Black Friday, so I’ve been planning out what I want to buy and focusing on our bedroom.  Normally, when it comes to beds, Noel only likes modern wood platform beds, especially if they sit low to the ground.  However, when we were on the parade of homes earlier this year, something magical happened: Noel saw an upholstered bed that he really liked.  *Cue angels singing*  Now my style and Noel’s style overlap a LOT.  But there are definitely some things that each of us like that the other doesn’t.  And up until that moment, upholstered beds fell in the category of “Kirsten likes, Noel doesn’t.”

So what’s the issue here?  Why don’t we just buy something like our last bed again?  Well you see, we have wood floors in every room in our house.  And we have tons of (gorgeous) dark trim.  And dark wooden doors.  Basically, I feel like our entire house is wood.  Which I love, don’t get me wrong.  But, with all this wood, I was hoping to warm things up a bit by bringing in softer materials wherever possible, with one of the main pieces being an upholstered bed.  So before Noel had his, “I actually like upholstered beds” epiphany, I was trying to figure out how on earth I’d get him to go for that idea.  Luckily, once he realized he liked them, and I told him my reasoning for wanting one, he was completely on board.  Bingo.


1. dCOR design Malibu-X Platform Bed $800 – $980 | 2. Restoration Hardware Sullivan Upholstered Platform Bed $1525 – $3060 | 3. Crate & Barrel Colette Bed $1,799 – $1,999 | 4. Room & Board Wyatt Bed $1099 – $1499 | 5. dCOR design Venice-X Platform Bed $750 – $932 | 6. Casual Elegance Manhattan Storage Bed $899 – $1049 | 7. Room & Board Avery Bed $1299 – $1799

After agreeing that the bed would be upholstered, there were a few other items we agreed to:

  • No footboard (Noel isn’t a fan of footboards, and in smaller rooms, not having one can help the room feel bigger)
  • Clean, simple lines
  • No super pouffy tufting (simple tufting was alright)
  • Must be a platform bed (because we don’t have a box spring)
  • The shorter the headboard, the better
  • Light sand or light gray in color

As you can see, all of the beds above meet our criteria.  So which do you think is our favorite?  Well, Noel hasn’t seen them yet, but I would bet his favorites are #2 and #4.  They are the most simple/modern, and they basically sit on the ground, which he loves for whatever reason, so that’s the route I think he’ll go.

As for me, I’m torn.  I love the looks of #2, #3, #4 and #7 (I know, so decisive).  In my defense, #2 and #4 look almost the exact same, so without seeing them in person, the two are a toss up.  As for #3 and #7, what I love about them is they have clean lines overall, but they have a little more detailing.  For our house as a whole, I’m going for a mix of old + new in the decor, and I think #3 & #7 address that.  The detailing (like the tufting in #7 and the nailhead trim/silhouette in #3) is like what you’d see on more traditional furniture, but it’s executed in a more modern fashion.

So which is your favorite?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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4 Responses to Upholstered Dreaming

  1. Michelle says:

    Oohh! I love, love number 3. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!

  2. phyllis says:

    Love your blog!! ok we just went thru same exact dilemma and went with Pottery Barn headboard only and it looks alot like #3 and # 5..to me the soft rounded look has a more warm feel to it as opposed to the straight square design…

  3. Kinsey says:

    So glad I found your blog post. I really am in love with the Room and Board Avery Storage bed because we have a tiny bedroom and closet so I’m really after the storage but it is pricey for the storage option $1999. I was looking for alternatives and stumbled onto your #6. I need you to buy that one and try it out for me as the $899 price tag is a lot more doable.:) Good luck and let us know if you find any steals.

  4. Shannon Lantzy says:

    What did you end up with? I’m considering the R&B Wyatt (#4).

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