2.23.2014

Favorite Craigslist Purchase Ever

Something amazing happened last week. After more than a year of searching for the perfect bed for the master bedroom, I had all but given up when I spotted a gorgeous leather sleigh bed from Ethan Allen on Craigslist. You better believe we bought it!


My bed requirements went something like this:

• Upholstered
• Includes both headboard and footboard, not just rails
• Dark color or some sort of stain resistant material

I've been funneling money into a "bed fund" for months and months now. A recent bonus put my piggy bank up to $1,500, which I figured was plenty to accomplish my simple requirements. However, have you searched for upholstered beds lately? WHOA! We went to Bassett this past weekend and created our ideal bed with their custom upholstery program, and it was $3,000– double our budget. It was super discouraging. I'm pretty sure I made several dramatic statements about how we would never find the perfect bed.

Throughout this past year I'd been randomly searching on Craigslist, but I never found anything that looked promising. Two days after the Bassett ordeal, I typed in a new search term "king sleigh bed" with the idea that we might be able to upholster a regular sleigh bed. Lo and behold, this bed was one of the first listings that popped up. After the hubby confirmed he liked it as much as me, I bit my nails while waiting for the seller to respond. Five LONG hours later, she finally let me know the bed was ours if we wanted it. HOORAY!

She said she originally paid $5,000 for this Ethan Allen bed, and we purchased it from her for $725. Of course that's quite a bit more than we've ever paid for anything on Craigslist, but we knew it was worth it. This bed weighs a TON and is extremely well made. We feel great about our purchase.


Our dogs love to lean against the side of the bed and used to make our former bed skirt super dirty, so I knew we needed upholstery that was durable. I've actually been hoping to find a leather bed the entire time, but I couldn't find any with a leather color that I actually liked. Everything was either black, chocolate brown or bright white. This particular cognac color is my absolute favorite leather because it's so warm and doesn't bring up any bachelor pad connotations. 

I love how the bed walks the line between masculine and feminine very closely, which is perfect for a master bedroom. 


In case you're wondering why I didn't buy any of those $600-$800 upholstered beds that pop up on Joss and Main all the time, it's because I don't like when there is a gap between the upholstered headboard and the mattress. Every affordable option I found online (and in person) had that particular gap, and I just wasn't willing to compromise on that. After holding out for more than a year, I didn't want to give in and let that detail drive my crazy.


We are so thrilled with how the bed brings the whole room together. The yummy brown leather warms up the grey and white color scheme, and I love how the wooden details make it feel extra special. It also ties in nicely with our ceiling fan color, which was a happy accident. Plus I'm a sucker for turned feet on any type of furniture!

So, what do you think of our bed? Have you bought anything great on Craigslist lately?

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