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18 Amazing Budget-Friendly Beds (and the Ones we Bought for the Cabin!)

December 10, 2018  —  Written by Julia 

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Our cabin has three levels, the main level, basement and loft. The bedrooms were spread out, one to each level, but we have added one additional bedroom where there used to be a giant pool table (can’t wait to show you!!) and an adjoining bathroom to maximize the number of people we can accommodate. In the original back corner room in the basement, the only room that doesn’t get natural light in the whole place!, we measured and could easily fit 2 queen beds on either side of the window. I embedded the video below to start right at 2:11 so you can see the space we’re talking about.

Although we never want to pack in the beds just for the sake of sleeping more people, we talked through all the pros and cons and landed on, either two couples could sleep in there, or when we travel as a family, often the girls will take a queen bed together and we will. So having two in one room feels like a really practical, great idea–even if it doesn’t feel like the most spacious room ever anymore.

I thought it would be really sweet to have two matching beds in there, which meant I needed to look in a lower price bracket because double the beds means double the budget. However, I started looking for budget-friendly beds and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found!

The 18 beds below all made our list of potential options (you’ll also see a couple of headboards thrown in the round-up–these are generally a great way to save!), and I ordered them from least expensive to most expensive with a top price of $586 (for a bed that looks EXACTLY like our West Elm bed we have at home that’s double that price).

1. Home Meridian Westford Standard Queen Bed $143

2. Queen Minsmere Caned Headboard Natural Brown $169

3. Ackles Queen Panel Bed $175

4. Queen Tansy Strap with Metal Frame Headboard $199

5. Ferndale Metal Queen Headboard Black $229

6. Novagratz Brittany Upholstered Bed $259

7. Mia Mid – Century Fabric Upholstered Platform Bed $268

8. The Curated Nomad Lauren Upholstered Queen-size Canopy Bed $287

9. Mia Mid – Century Fabric Upholstered Platform Bed $323

10. Leyton Mid – Century Modern Fabric Upholstered Platform Bed $331

11. Loring Queen Bed $359

12. Bish Mid-Century Fabric and Wood Platform Bed $408

13. Bridgton Metal Upholstery Bed $449

14. Fuiloro Velvet Upholstered Platform Bed $470

15. Lockheart Platform Bed $489

16. Bleecker Upholstered Platform Bed $539

17. Alrai Upholstered Panel Bed $577

18. Valle Upholstered Platform Bed $586

In the end, we chose option 6!! I love the green channel upholstery and the price can’t be beat. We ordered 2 queens for a total of just over $500. They arrived over the weekend and we’re hauling them up to the cabin this week so I”ll be sure to give you a full review soon. We still have to buy one more bed for the new bedroom. We’re calling it the master because it’s the only bedroom with an adjoining bathroom and the best view and I can’t decide if I want to go super low and lounge-y or a canopy bed.

Hope this helps any of you looking for a great looking bed for a great price!

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  1. Deborah Baldizar says:

    Hi. I love your site! We are in the market for a new mattress. Do you still love your Sleep Number? Which one did you get exactly? Thanks for all you do.

  2. Harmony says:

    I have the canopy bed #8 and love it. It is very sturdy and squeak or creak (noisy beds drive me crazy). I left off the ball finials for a more modern look. It has the Penny Bed vibe from Amber Interiors for a 1/20 of the price. Highly recommend it. It is often available under different names through Overstock, Amazon and Wayfair.

  3. Lucas says:

    I’ve got #6 in my bedroom for about 2 months now in green. We love it. It is sturdy, the green is great, and it was fairly easy to out together!

  4. Elyse says:

    Just to add to this list – I wanted to buy an upholstered bed SO bad for our new house but knew our cat would shred the siderails and the base with those claws. I also didnt want a dinky looking headboard that didnt look like an actual bed, sometimes they look like an afterthought. After searching for honestly 3 months, I found this headboard with wingback sidepanels and it. is. amazing. Looks faaaaanncy and is tall and regal (with plenty of headboard showing above king size pillows) and sits on the floor. I guess you could attach it to wall/bed but we put it up in a rush for our housewarming party and never did attach it to anything, and its completely fine on its legs and with the mattress around it. We found an exact color match for an unpleated bed skirt, so it does look like an upholstered bed. 10/10 would buy again

    Anyways, sorry for the long post but it took me forever to find something – maybe someone else with benefit from this!

    https://www.target.com/p/roma-tufted-wingback-headboard-king–taupe—dorel-living/-/A-14415293

  5. Brianna says:

    Thank you thank you! This post came at just the right time as we are looking for two beds and definitely need to be saving rather than splurging for furniture (full basement remodel happening right now). I immediately gravitate towards 4, 6, and 14. I am 99% sure we will now be using at least one of those so thank you!!

  6. Kelli says:

    Thank you! I’ve been hunting for a bed for our master for a month, but I was in a slump because IKEA let me down. Their new BJORKSNAS bed (look it up!) was my first choice, but it’s not available in king in our market. This post was just the thing I needed to see that there are more fish in the sea.

    I just bought the Novogratz bed in blue, and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can stop waking up with my pillow wedged between the bed and the wall!

  7. I’m working on a plan to refresh our master bedroom for under $500, I thought a new bed would be out of the question but you’ve given me hope!! Thanks for the timely round up, can’t wait to read the review as #6 is my choice too :)

  8. Zoe says:

    I was surprised to see that you didn’t include the dean bed from living spaces! It looks similar to 16 in the roundup but is much more budget friendly (only $350 for a queen!) I ended up purchasing it after seeing it several times on Emily Henderson. It truly is a beautiful bed and comes in 2 colors: sand (which is a very neutral beige, it’s not tan at all) and grey. Highly recommend!! https://www.livingspaces.com/pdp-dean-sand-queen-upholstered-panel-bed-102212

  9. Wendy says:

    Omg, thank youb so much for sharing ! I’ll be purchasing number 26! Can you do a budget friendly post for your night stands?

  10. Allison says:

    My vote is canopy for the “master”! It’ll be different than the other styles and really stand out and feel more grand, and will also differentiate from the master in your home!

  11. Kates says:

    I love that you have a variety of designs!!! Also what type of mattress do you have. I remember Chris has back issues and was wondering if your current mattress is working out? I am currently mattress shopping and my husband also has some back issues. Love to hear your thoughts!

    • Julia says:

      We have a sleep number at home, but got all Leesa mattresses for the cabin. Our girls have Leesas on their bunks and we both find them VERY comfortable.

      • Kates says:

        Thank you! I have considering a sleep number. But will have to look at Leesas and see what the reviews say!

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