My Quest to Find the Perfect Bed Frame For My Teeny Tiny Room

Over my years in New York, I have lived in a rotation of tiny rooms and corresponding bed frames (or no bed frames!). The first time I moved here, I slept on a fold-out cot in an itty-bitty room in Queens, 15 minutes away from JFK. (I recently went back to my old stomping grounds and realized my room was truly the size of a large closet.) On my second move, I slept on a metal hand-me-down bed frame in a sewing room in Harlem. Then there was my third move, when I slept on a twin-sized mattress on the floor in a windowless office room in Brooklyn. Most recently, I had been sleeping on a secondhand Ikea bed frame that I moved from a former roommate’s room into my own.

My friends and colleagues were horrified when they heard about my sleeping situations over the years. For them, it gave off a perpetual college vibe. But I always envisioned myself moving eventually, so why would I invest in something that isn’t easy to toss or transport? This sort of flighty ethos has dictated how I’ve lived for years. I always describe my decor as something you’d find in the furniture section of a sad flea market or charity shop: Aesthetically, there is no rhyme or reason in my apartment.

So when my secondhand Ikea bedframe was falling apart, I went with the most practical and easiest to get a replacement, a metal bedframe under $100 from Amazon. It was never the most attractive piece of furniture. To make matters worse, I bought risers to lift the frame and create more storage space, cementing my status as a full-grown adult still living that dorm lifeā€”much to the dismay of my friends. They said I needed to get rid of it and start over. And now that I was spending more time in my house amid the spread of yet another COVID variant, I finally agreed.

I started looking. For a while, I thought I should opt for a bed on the floor again. I’ve seen it in multiple New York-based films from the late ’90s and early ’00s, like Kissing Jessica Stein, in which the cool-girl character Helen Cooper lives in some fantastic, open space studio and sleeps on her floor mattress with leopard-print sheets. There’s also a great opening scene in A Perfect Murder in which Gwyneth Paltrow and Vigo Mortensen’s characters are having a hot and steamy moment of infidelity on a mattress that is on the ground.

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