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I bought the Gere bed frame around three years ago. At the time, I wanted a metal bed frame, but as my old bed was quite literally falling apart, time was against me and I couldn't find anything that I liked. I picked the Gere bedstead in the end because I wanted something white and I thought this was the best looking one that I could afford at the time.
The bed is made from rubberwood and I have the white version although an oak finish is also available. It's available in single or double or king size and I have the double.
The bed was delivered in three boxes as far as I remember - one containing the headboard and footboard, one containing the side panels and one containing the slats. I particularly remember that these were very heavy as the delivery men left them at the front door and I had to literally drag each one through the house!
I actually assembled the bed myself the first time around (it has since been taken apart and re-assembled with the help of my fiancé). It did say on the instructions that it is a two person job, but I managed OK alone, although it wasn't ideal. I can confirm it's much easier and quicker with two people, especially connecting the side panels to the footboard, which is a bit of a balancing act when you're on your own! The bed is assembled with the help of an allen key which as far as I remember was included. The instructions were clear enough to follow too - they must have been if I could manage it!
When constructed, the bed is strong and sturdy. My last bed used to creak a lot and would even wobble if I leant on the bottom, but this one is solid and I've never had any problems with it creaking or feeling wobbly. In my last home, I had a lack of space, so would often sit on the footplate to straighten my hair in the mornings and the bed took my weight with no problems.
The slats in the bed are sprung, which is supposed to help with a more comfortable sleep. To be honest, having used the same mattress on both this bed and my previous one, I have not noticed any difference in comfort from these slats. One thing I do like is that they are slotted in to plastic holders, not screwed in, as the ones on my last bed were screwed in and used to come loose - that really was a terrible bed now I think about it!
The most annoying thing about the bed for me is the height of the footboard and the fact that the edge overhangs a bit and is quite sharp. I've lost count of the number of times I've banged my thigh on this and at one point I seemed to have a permanent bruise. I think it might be better if the edges were rounded. If you have little ones this might be something to bear in mind too - for a toddler it's probably the perfect height to put an eye out!
One concern I did have about the bed was that the white colour might chip or become worn. As it is, it hasn't and I've had no problems at all of that nature. Cleaning the bed is easy, I just run over it with a duster (dust seems to gather between the bars on the footboard) and occasionally I wipe it with a damp cloth.
I bought this from the co-op bed shop online. Having looked, it seems that they no longer stock it, but it's still widely available and I've found it on Amazon as well as many other online bed stores. I paid around £250 for the bed frame, but the price seems to have come down since then. It's currently £219 on Amazon and a quick online search shows it can be found from anything between £188 and £240 now. I've never seen this bed available in the shops.
Overall I have been pleased with this bed. It's lasted around three years and has survived being taken apart and put back together in that time. It's quite a simple and classic design which hopefully will stand the test of time looks wise. The quality is great, the only downside for me is the edges on that footboard, which in my opinion would benefit from being rounded.
Headboard height 106cm