The plan for our new bedroom is to use most of our existing furniture, but one thing we are definitely getting or making is a new bed. The rooms that I’ve been drawing inspiration from mostly have upholstered beds, but I’ve also wanted a spool bed for a long time. We can’t use a true four-poster because the ceilings are too sloping and low, but a low-post bed could work.
Here is a refresher on what we’re working with; the plan is to paint the wood-panelled walls and ceiling white, rip up the carpet to reveal the finished fir below, and build a new closet:
The current bed is beautiful, but it is a full and we definitely need a queen at least (both of us are all shoulders). In the images below, the sloping ceilings and placement of the beds is similar to the layout of our bedroom. While I wouldn’t choose exactly these beds (they wouldn’t fit in our bedroom without poking holes in the ceiling anyway), these pictures convince me that vertical posts can work well with a sloped ceiling.
I put together two mood boards using the rug I already have (purchased on eBay) and a few other things that I want to include in our bedroom to see how it would come together.
Classic and pretty, but I’m worried it’s headed toward being stuffy. Also, the bedside lamps are floating in space because I know we will use our Broyhill Brasilia nightstands, but they don’t look right with the spool bed. It’s like when my hair was down past my waist and I could really only do one look, the renaissance fair maiden cum hippie mermaid, and then I cut my hair to shoulder length and felt like I could pull off anything from Debbie Harry to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The spool bed is butt-length hair — pretty, but it defines the whole look.
With an upholstered bed the rest of the room can still be anything it wants. Here are two rooms with upholstered headboards, where there is a lot of other color and pattern:
Here’s the second mood board using an upholstered headboard in a pretty fabric called “blue dandelion.” If we go this route, I would probably have the bed made (I’ve had good luck with hiring marine upholsters for this sort of thing. They’re precise and don’t charge an arm and a leg), or try to DIY it. The bed would be straight across the back instead of curved.
See that triangle-shaped full-length mirror? The idea came from the image below, and I love it, but it’s yet another thing that doesn’t work with a spool bed.
So that’s what I’m mulling over right now, and I’d love to get your input. Upholstered or spool? Thanks!