Our DIY Bed Frame and an Unsponsored Review of the Casper Mattress

I promised another project, and I’m already delivering! Good job, me.

We didn’t purchase a lot of furniture for the new house — besides the couch and the desk, we had a lot of what we needed to fill up the majority of rooms in the house. One thing we both agreed was a must-purchase was a new king-sized bed: the master bedroom was more than large enough to accommodate one and we’ve been dreaming of a larger mattress every time we stayed in a hotel.

There was a lot of debate over which mattress we were going to get. We loved our queen mattress, which was a Laura Ashley, but they’ve discontinued the exact model, so we started searching for something else. I initially was set on getting a Hilton to Home mattress after sleeping on one during an extra-long layover in New York last year. But even with the frequent sales they were running, we couldn’t justify the cost of the Hilton bed when we were also considering something much cheaper: the Casper bed.

Casper is one of those direct-to-consumer mattress companies. You order online, it arrives at your door about 3 days later, and you have 100 days to try it out. If you don’t like it, you can return it, at no cost to you, for a full refund.

I have to admit, I was super skeptical at first, but the risk-free trial period sold me on the Casper — not to mention it was half the price of the Hilton bed.

We’ve been sleeping on our Casper mattress for about two months now, and I am a true believer in the wonders of this mattress — Casper didn’t pay me to say that, either (although those are referral links up there). I just love this bed!

I had plans to purchase a cheap bed frame for our new mattress until we decided what we wanted for the room, but Troy didn’t want to spend the money on something that wasn’t going to be permanent. So we slept on a mattress on the floor for a couple of weeks until Troy decided he was going to build us a bed frame.

Using plans similar to these, he put the frame together in an afternoon. We decided on slightly taller legs than the original plans called for (see proximity to floor/dog in the photo above) and the height is perfect at around 14 inches.

We tag-teamed the paint job over the course of the next week and by the weekend we were ready to move the bed upstairs to our room.

A few bumps in the drywall and some choice swear words later, the bed was in place!

I’ve always loved the look of big, inviting beds covered by puffy white comforters and more pillows than you could ever need. “Cloud-like” was definitely the look we were going for here.

I originally had my eye on this pintuck duvet cover from West Elm, but was having a hard time stomaching the price. I eventually found this comforter at Wal-Mart (shh, don’t tell!). It’s polyester, not organic cotton, but it’s just as soft and exactly what I wanted at half the cost.

Waking up in my “cloud” is perfection, and I absolutely love the bed frame, too — I love telling people that Troy made it and I love that it was under $100! Handy husband FTW.

We’d like to do a headboard at some point, but for now this is exactly what we need. I also “made” some cute side tables to go with the bed, but that’s for another post.

More soon!


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