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After looking for good prices on some beds. Having decided what we wanted we set about looking for best price locally and on the internet. Best price by some margin was from this company http://www.ukbedsonline.com . We also looked and sent several queries to http://www.bedstar.co.uk were a little slow at replying to us. We then went to local Dreams showroom which has a great range and is very well priced.After much debate we opted for the online shop ukbedsonline rather then dreams purely due to prices being cheaper, however I would definately recommend the service, attention and knowledge Dreams had to offer.They are far better then their rivals Bensons!
Having recently moved house my three year old daughter suddenly found herself with her own bedroom and therefore the ability to become totally girly at not having to share with her brother. So not surprisingly she chose the girliest bed she could find when we went to Dreams just before moving.
Can you imagine having a four poster bed at three years old? I know I would have adored this bed when I was younger and my daughter is no exception. She loves the floaty drapes that hang from each corner and the fact that it has pink heart details on the top and bottom. It really does make her feel like a princess and was a top choice for a bed that will grow with her until she is at least twelve in my opinion.
The bed frame came delivered in three boxes, and was extremely large and very heavy so if you are having this delivered and not assembled by the company; make sure you ask the delivery guys to put it into the room you are going to build it in for your ease.
My husband built the bed himself, as it was a single and we had already paid extra for our new bed to be built so he dutifully undid all the packaging and began assembly. He wasnt too far into the job when he needed someones help and my middle son volunteered. It was basically the necessity of having someone there to hold one end of the bed while he fitted the headboard/footboard on the opposite end. This is something you should bear in mind when opting for self assembly as well. It is awkward to put together simply because of the size of the bed. Remember it is not just the frame but the posters on each corner as well that you have to bring together and therefore if you only have a smallish space to work in, it could prove awkward. I think we would pay for the delivery men to assemble if we ever get another new bed as it really does take extra hassle out of the situation. All in all though, my husband did a perfectly good job, and did not find any particular part difficult to assemble. The instructions were clear, precise and easy to follow.
Once up, the bed frame itself looks pretty huge, and indeed the overall height of the bed from the floor to the top of the posts is 195cm, and the top of the posts is only a little way off the ceiling in her room. This will be fine in most circumstances but bear in mind where you are going to be positioning the bed. We found after putting it together that the light cord and shade foul up on the top section of the bed. There is no other position we can put the bed so we will have to change her light fitment from a Princess down lighter shade to a ceiling light which is almost flush with the ceiling. This is a shame as her shade matches her bedroom.
Once the bed frame itself is put together you need to make the drawer for underneath the bed. This looks very nice and matches the rest of the detail on the bed but the main problem we have found is the actual use of this drawer. Unlike most other storage drawers we have seen and experienced on beds, this drawer runs the entire length of the bed, but is just one drawer, rather than two. As I said, this does look lovely, but in practical terms it is a nightmare. Because the drawer runs the full length of the bed you cannot have a bedside table as it will foul up when trying to open it. You also need to have one hand on each heart drawer opener in order to open it at a straight angle and this is virtually impossible for my daughter to do as she simply does not have long enough or strong enough arms. The drawer is on wheels, instead of being attached to the bed, and although it does fit perfectly underneath the frame, if you push it back slightly wonky it will crash into the edges of the bed. This happens frequently as the carpet in her room is very thick and trying to push a heavy, long, wheeled drawer back in at a dead straight angle is near on impossible. However we have used it to store some of her bigger toys which are not too heavy and not played with too often to minimise the amount of opening we have to do.
The frame is a standard single size, 3ft by 6ft 3in, and any standard single mattress will fit it. We chose our mattress separately from Dreams, where we brought the bed, and obtained advice from the sales guy as to the best one to buy for our daughter.
The drapes were in a separate box and are in fact brought separately at a cost of £25.00 but they are well worth it and really make the bed look that bit extra special. They are made from a thin pink voile material and you get six curtains. I thought this was really odd but looking at the pictures realised that you have two on each of the bottom two corners and one on each of the top two corners. I am not sure why we could not have had two on each corner as it would have looked fuller and prettier but my daughter is satisfied with the amount of swish it has so who am I to complain. They are all tied with a small piece of pink ribbon that is supplied. I was a bit disappointed with this as well actually as I felt it could have been something a bit more substantial than a too small piece of ribbon. However we managed to tie them and they do look lovely. My daughter actually has one curtain on each corner and two which she pulls along the side of her bed so she can close them at night and feel enclosed in her princess dreams.
This was not a cheap bed in my opinion. The normal retail price of the frame alone is £599 but we got it for £299 in the sale. The mattress was another £250 and then £25 for the drapes. However as I said earlier I believe this bed will last my daughter for another eight years or so and the mattress, if looked after, maybe longer. The posts are attached at the footboard and headboard at waist height so they could be unscrewed as she grows out of the princess era, and the screw holes bunged up with small wooden slots of some kind to provide a normal single bed, and potentially a lot more years.
I am very happy overall with this purchase, even if the drawer does create problems, as the design is pretty and durable and can easily be incorporated into my daughters bedroom as her tastes change. It is solid and well designed (apart from the drawer) and looks beautiful. What more can you ask for, for the princess in your life?
Elegant wooden four poster bedstead, finished off with pink sweetheart details. Features large pull out drawer for excellent storage capacity. Pink Voile Drapes available separately