This is my daughter Tessa. What’s that you say? She’s all blurry? Yep, it’s hard to take a clear picture of Tessa because most of her waking day is spent twirling, leaping and dancing. Hence the blur of pink.
Tessa has been asking for a “big girl bed” for two years now. No, I’m not so deranged that she’s still sleeping in a crib at age four…I’ve just been waffling so long over what bed to get that she’s sleeping on a mattress and box spring. Here is Tessa’s current bed situation (the toe shoes were mine during my brief and painful year on pointe):
Here’s the rest of her room, just for kicks.
See that window? It’s great, but as the top of the sill is 36″ from the floor, it means that most headboards (most of which are 42″ to 54″ tall) are going to stick up higher than the window sill. The green polka dotted drapes might act as a visual “wall” for the headboard, but I wonder if a tall headboard will look funny. What to do? I’ve tried the bed on the far wall, but trust me — it looks best diagonally across from the door.
I also want a bed that lasts. That means choosing something solidly constructed as well as something Tessa will enjoy for many years to come.
Ikea’s Malm Bed is one option that will fit under the window sill. My son actually has the Malm in his room. It’s fine, but a bit difficult to make, plus it sticks out and I’m always stubbing my toe on it — though that might just be due to my klutzyness and not the bed.
The Kendall Bed from Pottery Barn Kids looks nice, but the one I’ve seen in the store is pretty banged up so I wonder how durable it will be. Tessa’s room is also on the small side — will that footboard make the room feel more chopped up?
I also love both of the Land of Nod’s Simple and Jenny Lind beds. They would both stick up past the window sill a bit, but I like how the slats and spindles would also allow you to see the green drapes.
Another idea is to go the custom route. This would mean I could specify the height and look of the headboard. On the other hand, the non-returnability of this option gives me heart palpitations.
So what do YOU think?
PS — if you are wondering why I didn’t include a Craigslist choice, I actually did buy a used be for $25 a few months ago. It had a beautiful carved headboard, but the side slats were warped and didn’t fit into the head and foot slots anymore. I returned it, got my money back and resumed waffling.
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