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Old 02-28-05, 08:57 AM
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So, school me about beds.

I have reached that point in my life where I need to purchase a bed. Sleeping on a futon everynight isn't cutting it.

The only bed I've seen that has interested me is the MALM bed from IKEA. I like it's style and simplicity and I'm looking to get something like it. However, I'm 4 hours away from the closest IKEA and I can imagine the shipping costs would be outrageous.

So, anyone know of any other places where one could purchase such a stylish and simple bed?
Old 02-28-05, 10:31 AM
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That is a pretty simple bed. I like it.

I have not seen beds that simple before, but basically you want to look for pieces. Go run by a bed store and examine the beds. Generally you get a headboard and a foldout bed frame (all foldout bed frames are the same, more or less), or a headboard and a footboard (sometimes sideboards as well) and the frame rails (all frame rails are the same, more or less). Then onto that frame you put a box springs and a mattress (although often the "box springs" is little more than a hollow "box" if you buy a cheap one).

So if you're looking for simplicity, go to a bed store and look around. Just remember that the price of the bed usually doesn't include the box and mattress, but it often will include a basic frame or frame rails.
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Wouldn't that bed look strange with any mattress thicker than the pictured one?
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Originally Posted by mtucker
I'm 4 hours away from the closest IKEA and I can imagine the shipping costs would be outrageous.
Obviously, you've never dealth with Ikea before.
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Originally Posted by mtucker
The only bed I've seen that has interested me is the MALM bed from IKEA.

I have this bed and I really like it. only thing I don't like is the slats that support the mattress are a little on the flimsy side. I wouldn't get a mattress from them though, I got one of the higer end ones and at first they feel REALLY nice but after less than 3 months there's already a noticeable sagging (is that what you call it?) in the middle where i normally sleep.
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My bed looks kinda like this:

Except that I don't have the center piece holding the two sides together. Oh, and I also have springs and a mattress on top of it.
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Wouldn't that bed look strange with any mattress thicker than the pictured one?
I think so, I need to see one of these in action before I would plunk down the money for it.

Jon22B, is there anyway you can post a picture of your bed?

Obviously, you've never dealth with Ikea before.
Well I have ordered one of the bookshelves from them before, a $30 shelf that cost about $17 to ship.

I'm just having a tough time picking a bed that I would like. All the stores around here seem to have very ornate beds that I just don't feel "old" enough for yet. Frankly, the only other bed I've seen that I actually liked was in a porno. The bed was supported by what looked like a smaller rectangular wooden base and that looked to be about it except for a headboard I think.

Oh well.
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I will try to take a pic tomorrow.
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I think that bed looks great. It's particle board though. I hate particle board. But, you can't really beat the price.
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Originally Posted by mtucker
I think so, I need to see one of these in action before I would plunk down the money for it.

Jon22B, is there anyway you can post a picture of your bed?



Well I have ordered one of the bookshelves from them before, a $30 shelf that cost about $17 to ship.

I'm just having a tough time picking a bed that I would like. All the stores around here seem to have very ornate beds that I just don't feel "old" enough for yet. Frankly, the only other bed I've seen that I actually liked was in a porno. The bed was supported by what looked like a smaller rectangular wooden base and that looked to be about it except for a headboard I think.

Oh well.
There's an IKEA down the block from me. Want me to go over there and take a picture for you?
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Originally Posted by matta
There's an IKEA down the block from me. Want me to go over there and take a picture for you?
Wel I certainly wouldn't want you to go out of your way but if it is no trouble then a picture would be nice. I was interested in the birch veneer color if it is on display.

Thanks.
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I was really interested in the MALM earlier this year, so I went to check it out in during the summer. It is really flimsy. The mattress they had on it was like a futon mattress and it was held on with straps.

You're better off buying a mattress and bed frame IMO.
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Originally Posted by jw2299
I think that bed looks great. It's particle board though. I hate particle board. But, you can't really beat the price.
Hey IF it IS particle board, it has a really good solid feeling to it. Not at all like particle board. And I have the birch veneer so I will take a pic of the bed today (~ 6pm) since I have to take some other pictures anyway.
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Originally Posted by mtucker
I'm just having a tough time picking a bed that I would like. All the stores around here seem to have very ornate beds that I just don't feel "old" enough for yet. Frankly, the only other bed I've seen that I actually liked was in a porno. The bed was supported by what looked like a smaller rectangular wooden base and that looked to be about it except for a headboard I think.Oh well.
I think you're looking at the idea wrong. Think of the bed as something you can assemble yourself from pieces instead of buying as a whole unit.

Your average bed is the metal frame on the bottom, with a box spring on top of that, and a mattress on top of that. Any headboard piece attaches to the frame. A footboard does essentially the same thing. Any sideboards just sit between those two, attached to them.

So don't think of it as buying a bed, think of it as buying headboard/footboard/sideboards. These surround and attach to a frame. You can get all kinds of headboards and footboard and such separately. The frame will cost you $30 at any Wal-mart.

Frankly, I'm not a big fan of headboards, which is why I don't have one. So my bed is kinda "free-standing", with just a frame that you can't see, and a box+mattress that just float in the middle of the room. If I want to add a headboard later, I could just buy one and bolt it on. Simple and easy.
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If you want some other angles/shots whatever let me know.
Sorry if the pics are big, I don't have access to a photo editor right now.
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The Top Bunk is the best.

You've been schooled.
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Originally Posted by DarkestPhoenix
The Top Bunk is the best.

You've been schooled.

what? LOL
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Originally Posted by Jon22B




If you want some other angles/shots whatever let me know.
Sorry if the pics are big, I don't have access to a photo editor right now.
Thanks for the pics, it really helps out. I like the way that looks. Consider me a moron but I assume with the wooden slats there that a box spring is not needed?

And thanks for the comments Otto. I kind of like your idea as it would allow me to customize the bed to pretty much the way I want it. I'll keep looking into that.

THe next step is to consider what bed spread/cover will work well.

Consider me schooled.
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Originally Posted by mtucker
Thanks for the pics, it really helps out. I like the way that looks. Consider me a moron but I assume with the wooden slats there that a box spring is not needed?
That is correct. I used to have an Ikea bed, although I don't remember if the mattress was Ikea.
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Get. A. Pillowtop. Mattress.

Spend the money.

Sleep better forever.

Thank me with a Kurasawa Criterion.

That is all.
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Focus on the mattress set you want first and the 'pretty' frame later. Get what is comfortable for you and it pays not to cheap out. In the end most people spend about 1/3 of their lives in bed...and the rest time part of that is important. Though the previous poster recommends a pillowtop (which personally I agree with), that isn't the most comfortable setup for everyone and they vary between each make/style.

This is a personal choice... The last time I went shopping was for my son and I realized there was a major construction type difference between two sets that were otherwise similar. One had areas you could feel the mattress coils and the other was fully encased...

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