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March 1, 2013

Snug as a Bug in a Metal Bed

Are you planning to enter the Apartment Therapy Bedroom Contest?  I'm sure a lot of people think it's too simple, but I love our bedroom.  It's pared back but personal, with a wall of DIY art, lamps we love (they have light up bases!), textured linens that disguise wrinkles (hooray), and colourful details like vintage planters for corralling clutter, a vintage enamel bowl that makes me giddy, and handmade accent pillows.  The pièce de résistance, though, is the metal headboard I designed that my grandpa welded.   I'm not sure you've ever seen the entire design because the pillows hide it . . .


. . . but here it is:



Hubby & I welded a desk awhile ago, so now I can truly appreciate the work that my Papa did welding the headboard and matching nightstands.  In my opinion, a metal headboard can make a room.  I think the magic is the versatility of metal beds.  Sometimes a lick of spray paint is all it takes to turn even a really simple or outdated style into something quirky and fun.  Truthfully, I often think about painting ours a bright turquoise or yellow.

Everyday Lovely
A Storied Style
Scout House
Via Houzz
Metal beds, especially wrought iron, get bonus points for being so versatile.  Depending on what they are paired with, a metal bed can suit a beach house or really modern space, look cottage chic, give off an industrial vibe or just be eclectic.  

Via Inredningsvis
via Interiors by Studio M
Lonny
Design Kastle
The Lettered Cottage
School House Electric and Supply Co.
via Linen and Lavender
via Remodelista
Remodelista
I'm definitely a fan of metal beds, especially ours.  What kind of headboard/bed do you have and what makes you love it?
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  1. I love this question because I also love metal headboards. I have a black, wrought iron headboard that works perfectly with my black and cream toile bedding. I don't think I'll ever use a wooden headboard again - they just seem to take up too much visual space for me now. :)

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    1. Your bed sounds gorgeous!! I like the openness of metal beds too. That's a great point! Ours is big and very tall, but doesn't seem to overwhelm the space.

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  2. They look lovely. but I am not a fan of metal beds.
    I need comfort in a bedroom and these just scream not comfy to lay up against as relaxing in bed.
    They are great for fashion though.
    We have a modern sleigh bed with a high headboard
    perfect for laying back and reading and watching tv.
    Amy

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    1. I've heard people say that, but ours is plenty comfy! We prop up some pillows for reading but, honestly, we don't have a tv in our bedroom. I try to keep the bedroom a place for sleeping and tv makes me wired :)

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    2. Oh I have to have a tv on to sleep, always have.
      It helps drown out the city noise.
      Amy

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    3. I can see that. We're pretty lucky and have no backyard neighbors and live on a quiet street. The bus that goes by used to drive me insane!! But I got used to and never even hear it anymore. But multiply that by a bunch of cars and it would bug me too.

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  3. I have a metal bed too, and I love it. Like you, I don't have a TV in the bedroom, and I do my reading in a comfy chair. This is the first metal bed I've ever had, and I don't think I'll ever go back to a wood headboard again.

    I'm in love with that really industrial looking bed from Studio M. For someone handy, that would be so easy to make.

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    1. I didn't remember your bed was metal from the home tour . . . but I do like the mellower makeover you bedroom got a little while ago. Case in point how versatile it was! I'm excited to see it transplanted into your new space.

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  4. Such a cool bed!!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow! Love it! I can't believe your Grandpa welded all of that for you. My dad welded some coffee table legs for us this summer, so I can appreciate the time and effort it would have taken to do all of that headboard.

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    1. Thanks! So sweet your Dad welded coffee table legs for you!

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  6. we have no headboard yet and i am def digging the metal ones too. especially the reallly shabby ones. our bedroom is at the end of my decor list right now so it will wait...unless i see a sweet deal at an auction or something

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    1. Oh, I hope you find a sweet one! Sometimes I see them in the classifieds, but the trick is finding the right size (older ones can be weird sizes). Good luck!!

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  7. About an year back when hubs and I were looking for a new bed for the master bedroom, we were keen on buying a wrought iron frame but the thought that it might not be as sterdy as the wooden one, led us to buy the later.

    However, when it comes to style, nothing like it.

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    1. Ours is really sturdy, but I think it's because it's handmade. Certainly quality can vary on any piece of furniture. It sounds like you bought a really solid wood bed, which is great! Wood is such a classic look and can last forever. And I think wood headboards can look pretty darn good too :)

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  8. my parents have metal beds and i do too. have always loved urs...my parents have the one like the red one but in dark brown

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  9. We've got the canopy bed from Bombay company in our room. With our boxspring and deep mattress, we sleep literally three feet off the floor! I love the height of the bed, but find that visually it takes up WAY too much room space. It's also quite formal looking and our tastes have changed quite a bit from when we bought it 13 years ago. I would love an excuse to buy a new bed frame in a more liveable and dog-friendly style, but as there's nothing wrong with the one we have, we can't justify the expense, sadly.

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    1. WOW - three feet off the ground! That sounds pretty luxurious. If it's taking up a lot of space, visually, could you try painting it a lighter colour? Is yours dark right now?

      I know what it's like to have to make old purchases work. We also have a hard time justifying new stuff until the old stuff breaks.

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    2. I would love to paint it lighter but the hubby would have a heart attack. We do however have the matching small dressers on either side that have taken a beating over the years. I'd like to paint those out, maybe in a muted coral or turquoise. All those photos of brightly coloured beds are leaning me towards brighter colours :)

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    3. Haha, my Hubby also has heart palpitations when it comes to painting wood. I hate to gender any type of activity, but does it not seem that more guys are against painting wood? A bright colour would look so pretty for the small dressers!! I'm a huge fan of turquoise, but coral is also a really pretty colour. Sometimes I am too timid with my own colour choices, but all the rooms I pin are bright & bold!! I'm trying to be bolder too. I'm sending some bold colour vibes your way to help you take the leap!

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