We recently finished a small update in our bedroom and I figured I would share it on my blog since it’s one of my favorite projects yet (in addition to the wood accent wall behind the bed and our DIY West Elm inspired coffee table). Forgive me for the less-than-professional photos.
Dominic and I have had quite the history with beds. In college, we shared a twin XL for a year. We finally made the leap to a full size futon where we slept from mid-2009 to 2011. When we purchased our house in 2011, we made the exciting purchase of an actual bed set and a queen size bed frame and mattress from Big Lots. It was a terrible mattress, but man, were we excited to feel like real adults. There was so much room for activities! (Insert inappropriate joke here.)
Two dogs, two kids, and five years later, we really started to hate the bed we had been so excited about only a few years prior.
I begged for years for us to get a new bed. My hips ached like a mother (pun intended) for all of my pregnancy with Isla, and I barely slept at all while pregnant with Leo. My back hurt, Dom’s wasn’t feeling great either, our mattress was aging quickly, and we spent more time than I care to admit lusting over a new mattress in the Sleep Number store. That being said, the $5k price tag on the one we wanted made it a little out of our reach at the moment. And for awhile. The search stopped while we started saving, our backs continued to ache, and the queen size we once loved felt even smaller as our Airedale took over one side of the bed and we were back to sharing a twin-size space.
After a friend of ours talked up a mattress he purchased online, we started looking into Casper. They have some amazing prices, so we ended up buying a king size mattress there for less than 1/4 the price of the Sleep Number we had originally wanted. And because we had a queen size bed frame but were upgrading our size, we decided to look into DIY-ing our bed.
I’m allllll about some West Elm style, but not so much the price tag. Eventually I want to get a bed set from there, but ours is still in great condition, so we decided to opt for simply using the brand as inspiration. I found this west elm inspired slat bed tutorial and we followed it closely, though not exactly. (I personally think she makes it much more complicated than necessary/it actually is.)
We built the bed (based off of West Elm’s Boerum frame), unpackaged our Casper (which is a memory foam and so so so stupidly comfortable–use this link to get $50 off your order!), and put it all together. With letting the stain and poly coat dry, this took around two working evenings, but you could definitely finish it in a day + drying time.
I’m so happy with the way it turned out. Our room surprisingly feels bigger, we get longer, less restless, more comfortable sleep, and I absolutely love it for movie nights with Isla. Can’t wait for our next project!
Decor: west elm belgian flax linen duvet + shams in natural // pottery barn faux fur pillows + throw in caramel ombre // kohl’s sheets in white // kohl’s duvet insert // nate berkus rug (no longer available) // diy wood accent wall