As a Manhattanite (one of those odd creatures who choose to live with millions of people in the smallest and most expensive of quarters), my urban sense of nesting usually revolves around whatever is compact and cheap. After all, when you have the luxury of a walk-in closet in New York City, it is often your bedroom. And living/dining room. With a kitchen on the wall and a charming view of your neighbor’s fire escape.
That having been said, I decided to spruce up my recently acquired apartment with some bedroom furniture and hopped on the bus for a twenty minute ride to the mecca of thrifty apartment shopping:
Being a quarter Swedish, I figured this process would be a breeze. I knew exactly the armoire I wanted, had acquired the proper assembly tools at home, and was ready to use some hardy Minnesota-bred muscle. Plus, I heard they served meatballs with lingonberries.
Then this happened:
Just the facts: An 80 pound, 8 foot long box is not easy to maneuver even with a cart. Nor are two, especially by oneself. I had a feeling that I would be paying a sizeable delivery fee since I somehow couldn’t picture me and my raft-sized lead weights traveling back to the city on a bus. IKEA was now added to my list of dirty four-letter words.
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With that experience behind me, I wasn’t sure how to complete my hoped-for bedroom styling. My bedroom decor was decent, but not fully realized. Something was missing…I decided I wanted a headboard to avoid feeling like a college student or a bachelor. But the thought of a second haul to and from IKEA gave me wary goosebumps and I knew I wouldn’t want to pay the hefty price for one of the more well-known home stores to ship or deliver. That fee would probably cost as much as the headboard. Even if I did decide to splurge, who knew if it would even fit in the elevator?
Luckily, there was Heady Bed. After picking out the perfect fabric for my room, I used the online design tool to configure the right number of panels for my customized headboard. With a few point and clicks, my Heady Bed was ordered and on its way to my front door. No hauling, no cart maneuvering, no panicking about elevator dimensions. I had goosebumps but this time they were the excited kind.
The boxes arrived swiftly. I was surprised at how light they were. I’m sure my UPS carrier was pleased, as well.
The panels were perfectly tucked into the box, leaving no room for bending or crushing. I had the benefit of an assistant (also known as “Mom”) who happened to be visiting, but I could have effortlessly accomplished the installment without any extra hands. My dachshund Bryndal was willing to offer up some helping paws.
I was welcomed with an instruction packet, taking me step by step through the process. I appreciated the clear visual aspect and wording. Nothing needed translation or deciphering.
As I laid the panels upon the bed, I could see that the size and fabric were perfect choices.
Mister Curiosity was slightly disappointed that this wasn’t harder. He really wanted to help. After all, this is his bed, too.
Assembly couldn’t have been easier. The individual panels were attached with bolts and nuts through aligned holes. Simply use your fingers to tighten and adjust. The hardware was securely packaged so that no little nut could escape and be lost.
Now that the headboard was a unit, it was time to decide where I wanted it positioned and then to mark the French cleats with drill holes.
And now for the fun part.
Who doesn’t like an excuse to use a power tool? Vroom-Vroom.
Looking good…one last check for level (both by eye and by tool)…
The final product, all in all, took under thirty minutes to create, from unpacking to admiring. If I may take a moment to brag, here she is:
Overall, the joy of my finished product was only out-shined by how easy and painless it was to install. In fact, I can’t even call it an installation or set up. I think Heady Beds require a new word: instant-tallation.
I really couldn’t be happier with my new Heady Bed. As for Bryndal, well…take a look and decide for yourself:
Were you admiring the lovely teal Heady Bed as much as I have been? Coming up next: My inspiration and decor…