When you live in an old home there are certain things you have to deal with. Don’t get me wrong, I love our house. But since it was built in the 30s we are always dealing with space issues. Like getting furniture up the very narrow and steep hallway. Since both bedrooms are upstairs, and we couldn’t get a queen box spring up the stairs, we were sleeping on a full mattress. Until I realized that if we had a platform bed we wouldn’t need a box spring. And mattresses bend.
So for our bedroom we bought this bed but for our guest room I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, since we rarely have overnight guests. On the other hand, when we do I want them to have a roomy, comfortable and pretty place to sleep. So this was my solution.
Did you know there is such a thing as a PLATFORM metal bedframe? I didn’t! Until I did a little research. Most metal bedframes require the use of a box spring, also known as a foundation. The platform metal bedframe eliminates the need for a foundation, which means I can use a queen mattress in the guest room too. So I ordered the platform bedframe and made a DIY headboard out of plywood, foam and fabric.
The platform bedframe is super easy to set up. I think it took less than five minutes. And get this. There’s lot’s of FREE SPACE underneath because the legs are tall. Which means I can easily store things underneath and out of sight. Just another reason it’s great for small spaces.
By the way, getting that first queen mattress up the stairs was one of the funniest moments of my life. My super-awesome sister volunteered to deliver it from my parents’ house, where it was being stored until we could use it. My husband was out of town at the time, so it was just the two of us getting it up the stairs. It went something like this.
She was at one end of the mattress and I was at the other. “Ok, on the count of three you pull, and I’ll push. One, two, three….hhhhuuuuuuu!!!!!” It sounded like someone was giving birth. This went on for about 30 minutes until we got it to the top of the stairs. It probably wouldn’t have taken that long except that we were laughing so hard we had to stop to breathe.
So if you’re struggling with a narrow staircase and trying to figure out how to get a queen or king mattress in your bedroom then look into a platform bed or a metal platform bedframe. Just be sure it has enough slats to support the mattress. This is especially important if you’re buying a new mattress. Most companies won’t honor the warranty that comes with if the mattress isn’t on the correct kind of foundation.
What’s the hardest small space situation you’ve had to deal with? How did you fix it?
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