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Bed Haul (We have a bed!)

Yep, you read that right. After almost three months of sleeping on the floor (no mattress, just floor.) we finally have a bed! We started off our floor-sleeping venture after we had to get rid of our broken make-shift bed at the old house before moving in with Grants parents for a month. To be honest, not having a bed didn't bother me that much. I think maybe I had age on my side.. Give it ten years and I'm sure my back wont cope with such lack of comfort. 

But alas, I figured we couldn't go on without a bed forever (and Grant was complaining.. old man.) so I began searching for my dream bed. I found plenty I liked, but they came with a price tag. A price tag I was not willing to pay. I mean, come on, when a bed costs the same as a luxury holiday, you begin questioning which you would rather spend the money on.. I know which one I would pick. So this initially was what I was looking for...


But after realising the dream was too far away, I decided to look at divans. I ruled out divans initially because boy are they ugly (or at least I think so). I also imagined every elderly person out there owned a divan.. they definitely weren't in my book of young and trendy. But perhaps I was being narrow minded. OK, I was definitely being narrow minded. So with the idea of a divan, this is the bed-look I was aiming to create....


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I found the cheapest divan possible, this one to be exact. £169 including mattress.. bargain? I picked it on-line, so there was no bed-testing involved.. but to be honest, I can't really tell the difference between mattresses anyway. Delivery was only a 3-week wait too, so it arrived fairly sharp-ish. I haven't bought a headboard yet, but this is what I'm after.. I just need to search around to see if I can find anything simialr cheaper. (yep, that headboard is more expensive than the bed!)

It's only fair that a new bed deserves new bedding too right? So I went all out; new duvets, pillows, bedding, the whole she-bang. I also got a waterproof mattress protector (our last mattress was covered in spilt coffee.. whoopsie) and pillow-protectors. These were fairly pricey at £32 for the topper and 2x £13 pillow protector. I'm hoping they'll be worth the price.. only time will tell.

I had a £20 voucher for Next so picked up this duck feather duvet which should have been £65 for only £45. I've never had a duck-duvet before but they're meant to be better for keeping you warm at night.. And I do like to save on the heating bills, so I figured the extra price would be worth it in the long run. I picked it in a up a size-up from the bed (a King size) because I thought this would help to hide the divan and look nicer. The pillows were all £10 each from John Lewis. I got 2x firm for side sleepers and 2x medium for back/front sleepers as I prefer to pair them up and have a firm pillow at the back and a softer one at the front.

Finally, the bedding was a combination of purchases from TK Maxx, a local department store and House of Fraser. This duvet cover in particular was a right old bargain, reduced from £200 (who spends this much on a duvet cover?!) to only £50. It's made from cotton sateen which is meant to feel extra luxurious and soft. To be honest, I can't tell the difference but I thought £50 was fairly good price anyway considering it's a King size (most were in the region of £70-£80). So whilst I'm yet to get some other cushions and a throw and of course the headboard, here's the bed so far... (excuse the terrible lighting!)


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