The self-indulgent saga of the new bed continues.
As you can see from the poor-quality photo of my new bed, I have a problem. And it's going to cost me still more money to fix!
This monster bed is just a bit out of proportion to the rest of my furniture! This is, in part, because my new pillow-top mattress (even with the low-profile box spring) is a few inches higher than older-style mattresses. And to make matters worse, I discovered my treasured old bed frame is not adjustable; that is, I can't lower the bottom rail. Thus, the bed now sits about four feet off the floor, towers over the bedside table, and I almost need a stepladder to get up on to the damned thing!
I really do have to leap on and off of it, and my friend Vesna insists that I'll soon break a hip in the process. I'm certain that at the very least, I'll crack my head open when I get up some night, forget that I'm four feet off the ground, and go crashing to the hardwood.
Clearly, this whole adventure is going to cost me still more money before it staggers to a close. Because it seems that I'm going to have to buy a new headboard and frame.
As I described in an earlier post, my decision to buy a new mattresses triggered many other purchases that I hadn't expected. (The new, higher mattress needed new, larger sheets, a new duvet, and various expensive little accessories.)
When the mattress and box spring were delivered a week ago, the deliver men also brought the new (very cheap) low-profile bed frame which I had bought for use in the spare room. They quickly set up the new frame (which is just the metal square which the box spring rests on) and helped me place my old mattress and box spring there. Great -- I finally have a spare-room bed.
They also double checked my bed frame (pictured above) and assured me that the lower rail can't be lowered. The super in my building confirmed this, and everyone had a good laugh at how ridiculous my bed looks, with the mattress floating way up towards the ceiling.
The only quick solution I can see is to switch frames. That is, use the cheap but low-profile frame in my room and put my lovely bed frame, with its head and footboards, in the spare room. Perhaps that will be nice for guests.
But a new problem exists. The cheap, low-profile frame is so cheap that its six little wheels don't have brakes. Now, most wheels on bed frames have a little device that locks the wheels in place, so when you sit on the bed, it doesn't shoot out from under and go skidding across the hardwood.
So, the super suggests I put some pieces of adhesive felt under the wheels to keep them from moving. I don't know how effective that will be -- I use these pieces under chair legs so they don't scratch the hardwood, but my chairs still move easily.
Thus, I think I'm still going to have to buy a new frame and headboard -- the room will just look unfinished without these! I have been mulling the idea of buying another beautiful tapestry in Umbria, which could be framed and might look very nice above the bed. That's one possibility. (Here's a link to the last tapestry I bought in Umbria.)
Oh, and to add to the mounting bill, I had bought a new bed skirt to go with the big duvet on the big new bed. This was another bad, bad idea -- the skirt didn't fit right and I realized that with a lower-profile frame, it wouldn't be necessary anyway. I would no longer be able to store boxes under the bed, so there would be no need to hide these with the bed skirt.
I decided to remove the skirt and return it -- $100 was a ridiculous price anyway! What was I thinking? As I began to remove the new cream-coloured bed skirt, I scratched myself on a sharp corner of the frame. Only when I found about 10 bloody patches spread across the skirt, did I realize I had actually cut myself quite deeply. An hour of soaking in cold water removed the blood stains -- but then, I found nice, 3-cornered tear in the fabric, presumably from the same rough edge where I cut myself. Guess I can't return that.
Lovely; I am now the proud owner of a bed skirt I neither need nor want. I wonder if I can rework it into some kind of bed frame.........