I Woke Up With A Bang


I woke up with a real bang the other day. As in my bed broke and fell. My beloved $35 bed that I painted white years ago gave out. 

I got up and started my coffee and tried to figure out what to do.

I order things online a lot. I mulled that option. But the problem with that is that I'm alone doing all the heavy lifting. And lifting is very hard on my ankle.

Years ago I would have just tackled the project by myself. I'd have found a used bed and gone to get it and put it together myself. But after the whole ankle thing, I have learned that I have to give these things more thought.

So I went to Ashley Furniture where I bought my couch. I knew I probably wouldn't have much of a selection, as full-size beds are practically dinosaurs now. But I knew I could get it delivered and set up. And I wouldn't have to call my daughter for help.

The guy showed me a brown contemporary bed with horizontal slats in the headboard, and then a sort of white distressed bed that had a solid headboard. 

The more distressed one was about $100 more. But I knew I'd never be happy with the contemporary bed. Plus I'd end up dusting all those horizontal slats.

They were supposed to deliver it, but that option, after much discourse (angry words), didn't work out. So I ended up having to call my daughter anyway. And my son-in-law saved the day.



I have to say that I was relieved not to have strange delivery men in my home.

I have a question for you single women: Do you dislike having strange delivery men at your door, especially if it might be well after dark?

When I was a young woman, I didn't seem to have these fears. I was able-bodied and it just didn't enter my mind to be so cautious. Well, I was cautious, just not this cautious.

I don't know if you get more wise as you age, or you just become more cautious. Or maybe cautiousness comes with wisdom.

Anyway, I haven't had a chance to take photos of the bed in my bedroom, but I took a photo off the Ashley website to show you.


Luckily I managed to pay off my laptop last month, because this went on the standby credit card. It was half the price of my laptop though, so that's a bit of good news. 

I paid a little less than $400 for this bed. (Or my credit card did.) And my SIL saved me the $60 delivery fee.

The support of this bed is better than any other bed I recall sleeping on.  

This one has multiple legs for support from the floor to the bed, unlike the pieces of wood I had spaced horizontally across my old bed rails. As soon as I laid down on it, I could tell there was a vast difference in support.

I had wondered why my just-over-a-year-old mattress wasn't feeling so great anymore. It didn't have good support. My son-in-law said that this is why it broke. Live and learn.

If you like the distressed look, you would probably love this bed. You can also get the chest of drawers, dresser/mirror and night stand, but I won't be getting any of that. At least not in the foreseeable future. I don't like to go overboard on a credit card. 

If you want to check the Willowton bed out, here is the link. It is only showing queen and king size, but the store had the double size. The link is showing the price for the queen-sized bed.
 


26 comments

  1. That must not have been a very fun way to wake up, Brenda. I'm sure the pupsters weren't too happy about it either. But I really like the bed you chose and it sounds like it will be much more comfortable for you.

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    1. Well, a $35 bed served me well for some years.

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  2. I have never had a bed break in my life, that must have been a rude awakening!!

    I am being much more cautious lately about letting men into my house. I never had much of a concern before until this July. A young man from the pest control company I use came to do their regular application. When he was done he knocked on the front door and asked if he could wash his hands. I thought this was rather weird because they NEVER ask that but being stupid I said sure. He then proceeded to ask me a very blunt sexual question which was very offensive (and I'm not easily offended). I said get the F out of my house and then I complained to the company. They asked if I wanted them to fire him, which I did but we both though better of it because now, he knows where I live and he might retaliate. They said they will send him back through sexual harassment training and he will never come to my house again but it still made me nervous to even complain.

    So... long story short... I am being much more cautious now!

    Tania

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    1. Wow, that man should have been fired. Immediately. Sexual harassment training? Do they think that will change his actions? Horrible.

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  3. I think between getting older and feeling more vulnerable and the way the world seems to have changed, I am super cautious about delivery men in my home. Lucky for me my son in law is very helpful to me and my Mom. I like the new bed and glad it has more support!

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    1. I have only asked for his help a couple of times. Hate to bother him.

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  4. Yes, I hate to admit it, but I find myself being a lot more cautious now that I am in my 70's. I recently sold my old living room furniture on Craig's List and I worried about who might come to see it. Luckily, the first couple were very nice and they came early in the day and bought it and I could stop worrying.

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    1. I would like to shop Craig's List. And if I had someone to go with me, I might. But I'm too scared to walk into an unknown situation.

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    2. I'm scared of Craig's List too, but our town has set up a spot in the police station's parking lot for people to handle deals like that. It is always lite up and on camera plus someone's there. It might not work for big items like furniture though but you can meet there first at least.

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  5. That would have scared the life out of me.
    I really like your new bed.
    Yes I don't trust people I don't know anymore. I'm cautious now more than ever. I don't go to places alone like I used to.
    Stage safe.
    ❤️

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    1. When we're young, we're often foolish. When we're older, we have better sense.

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  6. Hi Brenda~

    That must have been a little scary to wake up like that, especially with all the crazy things happening in the world. I would have suspected an earthquake if it were in my neck of the woods! I'm so glad your weren't hurt!

    I really like the distressed look, and it will look so beautiful with your quilts. My grandmother always told me that there were two things in life that you absolutely needed - a good bed and good shoes, because if you weren't in one, you were in the other! So glad you are getting a better nights sleep.

    I'm not a single woman, but I don't like strange men in my house when I am alone. Just this morning a car with two men pulled into the driveway, and I was a little concerned. My husband had just left, so I was home alone. I think they were just lost, but it is unsettling to have strangers in your yard or home, especially as we get older, and more vulnerable.

    Gorgeous photos!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    1. I know what you mean. You just wonder what people in your driveway are all about. Are they lost, or are they getting ready to rob you?

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  7. I imagine that scared you and the pupsters to death to wake up like that! I hope you are all okay. Sometimes our two cats will sleep under the bed but I never thought of something like that happening. I love the new bed and can't wait to see it with your quilts on or around it. They will look so good with the distressed look.

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    1. This bed has legs in the middle. Abi sleeps under there sometimes.

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  8. We have never actually bought a "bed". We simply use a metal frame ($79) to put our boxspring and mattress on. And then all you have to do is buy a headboard - or create one. Much cheaper.

    I hate having servicemen in the house when I'm alone. I purposely don't schedule anyone to come in my home unless Brian or Tim or home. I don't know what I'd do if I were a single woman. Probably get a neighbor to come over when the service guy showed up.

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    1. Yeah, you have to think twice about strangers. No matter who they're with.

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  9. oh no. not a good way to start the weekend or any day for that matter. New bed frame looks really nice. how does it look in your room? sweet dreams

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    1. It looks good. I'm really glad I went with this one.

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  10. I love your bed! When it comes to deliveries, I share your feelings. You just never know these days.

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    1. No, you sure don't. My ex had a patient who had a car for sale and put an ad in the paper. He was gone and his wife let a man look at it. The man killed her.

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  11. Sorry about your " rude awakening", but I really like your new bed. I hate it when I have to make unplanned purchases, but stuff happens. I have been dawdling over a new mattress even though I know I need one.

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  12. Well, that would be quite a rude awakening! Your new bed looks really pretty, and it should be much more comfortable, too!

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  13. Beautiful bed Brenda! So glad you or the pups weren't injured when your bed broke. Love the distressed look. I've decided that our next bed will not have a footboard like our current one does. I'm not always successful about navigating around it in the dark. LOL. Enjoy your pretty bed ... the white is lovely!

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  14. Hi Brenda,
    This bed looks great. I love the distressed look to it. Sorry your other bed broke but this new one is very pretty.
    Glad your SIL could help you out with picking it up and putting it together for you.
    Kris

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  15. Brenda,

    I love your new bed! I am sure that it looks fabulous.

    I am with you about people in the house. I am so much more cautious in my old age. Almost to the point of paranoia. I just has this conversation the other day with a friend. When I look back on the things I did when I was younger, like traveling Europe most summers, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. Meeting people on the trains and accepting rides from them, staying in b &b that seemed a little suspect. I cannot believe that A) I was so stupid, B) that I am still around. I I do not know when I became so much more cautious but I am now. I do not let anyone in the house if I am here alone .

    Hope you are enjoying your new bed.

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