Thanks everyone for all your comments last week! I had a great time in France, meeting new people and eating lots (and lots) of croissants and pain au chocolats. The hotel/area was gorgeous, but they jam-packed our schedules so much I didn’t even get a chance to take a single picture! So I lugged my heavy camera around for nothing. Oh well, maybe next time.
While I was gone, Andoni was a bit bored so he worked on a few house projects on his own. The first one is something we had been thinking for a while: removing the foot of the bed we have. It’s one of those faux cast iron beds from Ikea, the discontinued Noresund model:
Image from Ikea
I bought it while I was still living with my parents and brought it here when we bought our apartment. It’s a lovely bed; the only problem is that the foot of the bed is too tall for our bedroom.
While it seems like the space is a bit tight between the dresser and the bed, in reality there’s more than 3 feet – more than enough to move around. It was definitely the height of the footboard (?) that was the problem. So we decided to remove it! Easy, right? Well, not quite. Since it’s a standalone bed structure (i.e. the sideboards rest on the footboard) we couldn’t simply remove the footboard and call it done. We had to build a new footboard entirely. Thankfully we still have wood left for projects like this one. We (well, Andoni) used a 2×4 and a 2×8 for the new footboard, plus three metal pieces (one for each side and one for the middle) so the sideboards/rest of the bed’s structure rest on those.
(Sorry for the quality of the pic – he took it with my old camera, that doesn’t focus properly anymore, because I had the good camera with me)
So after removing the old footboard and setting up the new one, here are the results:
Old vs. new view from the bed:
(The above pic was taken with late afternoon light; the one below with morning light, that’s why there’s a huge difference).
And how the new footboard looks below the duvet:
I thought about painting it black, but 1) No one’s ever going to see it and 2) It’s not like they’re really going to match, so why bother? We simply wanted to get rid of the footboard without cutting it up in case we ever get a bigger bedroom or want to sell the bed, but without having to spend any money on this project. So, mission accomplished, I think. And just in case you’re wondering why I really wanted to get rid of the footboard, here’s a picture that might help explain it better:
Opening the drawers with the tall footboard was a bit of a tight squeeze. Now we can sit on the bed while we sort through our t-shirts. So, what do you think? Was it a good call, or do you prefer beds to have a footboard?
UPDATE: We flipped the new “footboard” around after notching out the wood so that the full weight of the bed doesn’t rest solely on the metal brackets. Thank you so much Ali for your suggestion!