This is a bedframe from West Elm. It's a king size platform bed, but you have to buy the wood slats shown here separately. Guy put the bedframe and slats together in under an hour. It would have been less than that, but I insisted on helping. It shipped to us in two boxes, I think: one for the bed and one for the slats. The slats were stapled together with canvas strips so that they rolled out in the frame. Total cost of frame and slats plus shipping and taxes: $336.
Here it is with the Sleep Number mattress on it (plus comforter and Maddy):
You can see my old headboard is still in place. It's a little short of each side, but not bad looking overall. We decided to go with the Sleep Number after a great deal of research. Guy's research showed that most people who were unhappy with the Sleep Number bed were overweight to the point of obesity, a description that fits neither of us. We spent a night at a Radisson Hotel, which has the Sleep Number beds in its rooms, so we tried it out and felt pretty satisfied with it. We managed to get a decent discount on it by a) not buying the box frame that the Select Comfort company sells, by b) buying the 3000 model, the lowest model, and by c) buying it in the store instead of online. The company way overcharges for a box spring, the only purpose of which is really to raise the mattress up off of the floor, and any model above the 3000 is charging you for extra padding on top of the mattress and for the pleasure of knowing you exact sleep number. We have two air chambers (one for each side), 1" of foam on top of the mattress, and we each have a controller that just says "softer" and "firmer". They charge you an extra $250 for digital controllers. Funnily enough, when we read that on the website, Guy and I said in unison, "Fuck that shit."
It's so nice to be on the same wavelength as your partner.
Also, we got an extra $100 off for buying it in the store, as they managed to have some promotion going on when we decided to buy. Often they'll have some deal like "no interest payments for a year", which is a great deal as long as you can be diligent and pay it off before the interest starts. So, cost of Sleep Number 3000 model king size mattress only, plus tax and shipping: $754.
The above photo also shows some brown sheets, which we bought new at Target the day we set up the bed. For some decently soft cotton sheets from Target, we spent about $50. We later bought two king-size pillows (about $26), a king comforter (middle of the road, three-season, down alternative fill, about $100), and a comforter/duvet cover that came with two fancy pillow shams (on clearance for about $40) at Bed Bath & Beyond. The comforter shown on the bed in the photo above is a queen-sized down alternative comforter by Scandia Down that Miss Kitty bought me back in 2000. We're keeping it for guests...
...like Miss Kitty herself, who's coming to visit in two weeks. Prepare for Serious Tomfoolery.