Okay, so this is what I…

Okay, so this is what I want for Kavi's bed:

You would think this wouldn't be so hard to find, but I'm totally failing. Help?

It'd also be nice if the whole frame/canopy/trundle package cost less than a thousand dollars, and if it didn't have little flowers or other foofiness carved on it, but now I know I'm just being picky. If this Espresso Simple bed came with a canopy option, it'd be perfect, but no such luck. Sigh. I could abandon the canopy, but I have to admit, I had a canopy bed as a girl, and I loved it to death. I want Kavi to have one too!

I suppose if worst came to worst, I could get the Madeleine bed above and repaint it to some less icky color myself. Oof. Who decided taupe would be a good color for a kid's bed? Isn't it bad enough that decorators insist on slathering it all over every adult's walls?

14 thoughts on “Okay, so this is what I…”

  1. I had a canopy bed, too. Loved it!

    You could forgo the actual canopy bed with posts and rig your own canopy from ceiling hooks and fabric.

    Or you might see if there is a natural wood furniture place who might be able to custom make the bed you want (or modify one of their existing beds to add a canopy). That might be a pricey option and I’m not sure you could find such a place near Chicago, but natural wood furniture stores are popular here in the south. We had custom bookcases built at a reasonable price.

    I kind of like the idea of painting the Madeleine bed a different color if you can’t find what you want. Natural wood is beautiful, but a painted bed would be lovely, as well.

  2. If the room is big enough, I’d forego the whole trundle bed idea and just get a double/queen-size bed. The kids would prefer to be in the same bed anyway (well, for at least a decade). Then you’ll have lots of options.

    I have seen some lovely work done with hanging rails instead of canopy beds. More work though.

  3. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    The room is unlikely to be big enough for a full-size bed. Oak Park rooms are small! 🙂

    Not sure what you mean by hanging rails? Photo?

  4. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    Hmm…I guess it doesn’t have to be wood, but I don’t want white or light grey or sparkle silver metal. Which seem to be all the metal options I found.

  5. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    Sal, that’s interesting — I have to admit, I love the silver-mocha two-tone finish option. 🙂

    Now I’m waffling about the twin-with-trundle versus full-size option, because it’s true, I think they’d like sharing a bedroom until puberty hits, at least. Maybe I need to measure the rooms to see whether a full would fit…

  6. Depending on how handy you guys are, it might be relatively easy to add the kind of canopy you want. Especially if the posts are already in place. You could even get rigid PVC pipe and use that to suspend curtains (since the pipe would be covered with fabric anyway).

  7. Stupid but sincere question: speaking as somebody who’s not sure he’s ever seen a canopy bed outside of pictures and movies… what purpose does the canopy serve? Or is it strictly decorative?

  8. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    I like the ones with curtains, so that you can make yourself a little cave and hide in it. 🙂

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