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July 1, 2019  —  Written by Julia 

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Designer Julie Hovnanian, Photo by Joe Schmelzer for Traditional Home

It’s time to stop using a moving box as a nightstand and it’s time to stop re-situating our mattress on its base every night. We are starting our bedroom THIS week and I’m committed to ordering a bed and a nightstand. A rug. A dresser. I want to do a make-under on the fireplace and get some art and proper window treatments–blinds with a remote would be a dream!

We’re calling this phase 1 of our bedroom and I’m putting together a mood board to share with you hopefully tomorrow! But today I wanted to share with you a bunch of bed options I’m considering. I think I’ve been a little paralyzed in pulling the trigger on a bed because of the pressure it has to be the bed. But here’s the truth–there are less expensive versions of almost every bed out there if you want to try a style on.

Or! Even if you do go in on a bed and after a few years, need a change–it’s OKAY. Move it to a different room. Sell it to someone that will love it. Restyle it (sometimes you just need a restyle.) I had to give myself a taste of my own advice and get out of my head that I have to choose a bed that I’m going to love for a decade.

Although that’s the ultimate goal, right now my goals are a little simpler–make our bedroom a relaxing retreat that feels like us. Here are a few beds that caught my eye:

1. Webster Bed: $1798
2. Jenny Lind Black Queen Bed: $799
3. Rowan Valley Linden Panel Bed: $203
4. Harbour Cane Bed: $1798
5. Segment Cane Headboard: $499
6. Queen Minsmere Caned Headboard Natural Brown: $169
7. Elizabeth Bed: $3598
8. Façade Full Bed: $1219
9. Novogratz Brittany Upholstered Bed: $222
10. Broderick Slipcovered Bed: $2598
11. Godfrey Upholstered Standard Bed: $659
12. Coventry Upholstered Wingback Headboard: $579
13. Madeira Bed: $3830
14. Keane Driftwood Wood Canopy Bed: $1499
15. Gray Marlon Queen Canopy Bed: $579
16. Colestin High Footboard Bed: $3199
17. Granite Range Upholstered Four Poster Bed: $242
18. Woven Brown Suede Bed: $1299
19. Queen Tansy Strap with Metal Frame Headboard: $219
20. Whitaker Four Poster Bed: $2998
21. Dubay Canopy Bed: $234

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  1. Valerie says:

    The bed in the main picture is gorgeous, why use that photo if you have absolutely no information on it and it really has nothing to do with your story? Just sayin.

  2. Victoria says:

    Hi! What is the paint color on your walls?

  3. Charlee Marie says:

    I can vouch for bed #11! It fits my space so well and is COZY af. Protip: Use a lint roller to keep the top of it clean! It gets super dusty.

  4. Debbye S says:

    I think I’m in love with #7! And that’s the first time I’ve ever said that about a piece of furniture…
    What do you think – could this bed be used in a very minimalist home?
    I always have the hardest time selecting furnishings for my home. I grew up with parents who were pack-rats (bordering on hoarders) – so when I got my own place I went in the opposite direction and became a minimalist. I’ve always liked the look of bohemian rooms with vibrant colors and fabric everywhere, but to be in a room like that makes me feel almost claustrophobic. I’m wondering if bohemian minimalist could be my personal style…

  5. Joan Raymond says:

    Hi, Check out these beds. I’ve always loved them. We stayed at the Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans and they had them in their rooms. I feel like you might like these too. https://doormandesigns.com/product/julia-upholstered-canopy-bed-copy/

    Joan Raymond

  6. Traci says:

    Would love to see your blog posts posted earlier. I have been meaning to suggest this for a while. I will often come back several times in the day to see what was posted but not everyone will do that and there have been times when even I have forgotten to. That consistency of knowing a post is up at say 7 a.m. or what have you is great. A lot of us want to read before we start our work day. Thanks for your consideration.

  7. Vicki says:

    Also, check out the Quincy Bed at Ethan Allen. Love it! Very much like the Webster.

  8. JG says:

    I saw this the other day and was hoping I’d see it brought up in the comments…. What’s the deal with the bed being off centered in your main picture? Just seeing what I do in the image I’m not seeing a reason why this would need to be done, but maybe I’m missing something?

    Also, I’d do a fabric headboard…. personally I’m not really a fan of them for the most part, but with the big stone fireplace I think it would really help to cozy the room up!

  9. Babette says:

    I have never understood fabric head boards. They trap dust, dust mites, etc. so nothing that cant easily be wiped down!! Wood, rattan, metal, slats are all ok, just no fabric is my motto!!
    Good luck
    PS. I agree with Grandpa, you are moving at lightning speed to change stuff without living in your new space, letting your house speak to you about your family living in it… I get knowing sone things need to be different, but I do think you’re moving a little fast…

    • Julia says:

      We actually haven’t done a thing yet so I feel like we’re moving INCREDIBLY slow. And that’s funny about fabric. I get if you’re sensitive to those things, but man is it more comfortable!

  10. Michelle says:

    Ok, I know this is a beds post, but I have been searching my whole life for THAT RUG.

  11. Kd says:

    I am shocked that not many of these come in a California King option. How do people sleep on such short mattresses? Once you have a California King you will never go back to “child-sized” beds. Maybe if you are 5’5” or something, but both of you are tall. You guys need to try one!

  12. Pam says:

    I love the 4 poster bed in the picture for the article, where is that bed from and how much is it.

    Thank you
    Pam

  13. Erika says:

    Hi Julia! I’m curious as to what is your take on artwork above a curved headboard? We have a traditional style burlap headboard with bronze nail heads and white/grey walls with dark wood nightstands and I’m trying to decide whether or not to fill the space above it. Your advice or suggestions are much appreciated

  14. #17. Looks comfy for reading in bed.

  15. Linda says:

    Where did you get your bed that is in this post? It is beautiful!!

  16. Ann says:

    If you or your spouse likes to sleep with feet hanging off the end of a bed, or if you appreciate speed in changing the sheets? Avoid footboards! Having to stuff/tuck sheets and bedding between a mattress and a footboard is the pits. Also why I have never had a bench or chest at the foot of the bed — having to move it daily to get the bedding straight is no fun.

    • Gillianne says:

      Our situation exactly. Spouse can’t sleep if his toes don’t hang off the end of the mattress, and I can’t sleep with sheets tightly tucked in at the bottom, so we’ve never had a footboard in adulthood. It’s easy to tidy the sheets, spread a generously sized linen duvet across the bed neatly, stack 2 pairs of pillows with a single long decorative one in front, et voila, the bed’s made. (And our reclaimed wood bench is along a wall parallel to the bed for the same reason you mentioned.)

      • Melanie A. says:

        Interesting! I have a footboard AND a trunk at the end of our king-sized bed, change sheets weekly, no problem. The footboard isn’t tight against the mattress, though; that definitely makes a difference, plus it’s metal so there’s lots of space between bars to tuck the duvet down nice and straight. I work around the trunk, rarely move it.

  17. kelly says:

    If you’ve never owned a bed with a footboard that rises above the mattress before – I can say I’ll never own a bed with one again! Our is in our guest room and the few times a year that I have to change the sheets, it is such a pain to remove them and put them back in. The hassle is not worth the good looks.

  18. Erin says:

    Beds are a big deal for me too. When we bought our house a couple years ago it was one of the harder decisions (along with our sofa). Not sure I got it right but it looks great. Out of yours I like 16 and 20. Still kinda wish I went for the Ethan Allen nailhead upholstered bed, but like you said you can always change it down the road.

  19. Abigail says:

    One never regrets making their bedroom a haven! Looking forward to following along with your phase 1 and I’m sure it will help take a step towards making the house home that you are yearning for <3
    xo

  20. EP says:

    Highly recommend taking a look at craigslist/FB marketplace when you’re feeling stuck and afraid to pull the trigger. You can get amazing deals on great quality furniture. Plus you can always resell it down the line and you’re not out anything (I’ve even made money on things I’ve resold).

    • Julia says:

      This is such a great point! It definitely depends on where you are in the country though. Not everywhere has great finds. We are kind of in a black hole of marketplace/craigslist. But I still check!

  21. Julie S says:

    Nice work Jules!! Love the high/mid/low matrix.

  22. Victoria says:

    Well… I feel like an idiot. Number 17 is IDENTICAL to Pottery Barns Aberdeen bed, but WAYYYY cheaper. We’ve had the Aberdeen for a little over two years, but if I would have known there was a cheaper option I would have jumped at it. So perfect!

  23. Christy says:

    LOVE #16!!!

  24. Tricia says:

    I am completely in love with the canpoy beds right now! I love #14! I also love #4.

  25. Maya says:

    I love these!! Really great compilation, too… It’s great to see them side by side like this

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