A step backwards, I think.

June 28, 2009


Brad is coming to town Thursday, and ever since Lloyd’s brothers visited, we’ve been sleeping in Brad’s room. Now it’s time for us to move back to our own bed. (I haven’t slept in our bed since before Christmas.)

We’ve been toying with several methods of how to achieve slantiness – diagrams have been drawn, prototypes have been considered, and bed frames have been window-shopped. On Saturday we were determined to just get this done. After Brighton’s birthday party we went to a couple of furniture stores.

Lloyd thought we could just get a basic under-bed frame, but those don’t have a way to hold onto the box spring so it wouldn’t slide off. Also, we have the complication of having a split box-spring. When we first moved into this house, the box spring to our full-size bed had to be dismantled to get it up the narrow stair opening. When we bought a queen-sized bed, we had to order a split box-spring. That’s more than you wanted to know, isn’t it?

When I make the bed, I MAKE the bed.

Anyway, after much hemming and hawing, we decided to go the cheap-o route and just attach the two box springs together (boards screwed into the bottom) and prop one end up on cinder blocks. Personally, I don’t like how it looks AT ALL, but it’s good enough until we can figure out something two years from now later.

Serviceable, but not attractive.

We had to remove the captain’s bed drawers and move them into Brad’s room. Their configuration is still in flux, but that’s a post for another day.

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13 Responses to “A step backwards, I think.”

  1. Amy Said on:

    I’ve forgotten why you have to do this… Acid reflux? back problems?
    It’s too bad you can’t find someone with some sort of hospital bed..:\ although I guess that’s too small for two people…


    • Lloyd Said on:

      It’s the old Acid Reflux (which would make a cool heavy metal band name). We thought about the hospital type be route, but Lauren likes to sleep on her side, so the whole bed has to be at an angle.


  2. Peggy Said on:


    It looks fine…really!! Happy Sloped Sleeping!! Maybe you could change the decor to a skiing theme.

    Or you could always build this:


    (when you make the bed…you make the bed…hehehe)


  3. Brad Said on:

    Maybe you could just slant the house. Put the hose up against one side of the foundation and leave it running permanently. That side will slowly sink into the ground.


  4. Deanne Said on:

    I don’t think i get what you did. Is that for another post? Oh, and a simple bed skirt will take care of any visibility issues. Optics are easy on beds, fortunately. and you can just hem the side that’s too long.


    • Lauren Said on:

      Nutshell version:

      Took mattress and box springs off our bed.
      Disassembled understructure/drawers & moved them out of the room.
      Bolted box spring halves together.
      Put mattress & box spring on floor, supported at head by concrete blocks.
      Crabbed about how ugly it is.


      The bed skirt might come at some point -- what I don’t like is how much shorter it is than our old bed. The headboard looks ridiculously high now.


  5. Curt Said on:

    Well, you could leave the frame the way it was and put your blocks on top of the boards. Would that be too high?


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