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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14 comments:

  1. I love it! What a great price too. I have a hard time finding anything on our local Craigslist, but we recently bought a leather dual reclining sofa (same color as your bed) for our living room for only $100. Definitely my favorite find so far! Still loving the built-in closets as well.

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    1. Thanks AJ! Your couch sounds like an awesome deal.

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  2. Great score! It's beautiful...

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  3. I am having a similar struggle finding quality at a price I can afford. This is a beautiful bed!

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    1. I feel your frustration, Laura! I'm sending lucky vibes your way that you might stumble upon the perfect bed at the perfect price point.

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  4. Can you imagine paying $5,000 for a bed? You definitely got a great deal. It really completes the room. I like the touch of greenery also. I have also been adding plants indoors and am loving it. I'm a Florida girl so the weather isn't a deterrent for finding what I want, when I want it. You might want to check Home Depot for indoor plants that you were discussing in an earlier post. I got a couple jade plants and have them in areas with little light and they are doing fine. Minimal water also. They have a good selection of indoor plants- some very inexpensive.

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    1. Thanks Sherri! I bought a couple of plants at Lowe's this weekend, but I need to check Home Depot too. I've found that the big box stores have pretty great prices on plants and have a decent selection of indoor varieties. I'll have to check out the jade plants– haven't noticed those yet!

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  5. LOVE this bed, it's amazing!! I have found some great deals on craigslist but nothing this great.

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  6. Purchased that same bed on Craigslist this weekend, queen sized for $400 here in Seattle. Love it! Donald, P.S. Like your blog.

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  8. Wow! Just happened across this blog. I bought the king size version of this bed for $1200 after reading the great review here. The bed is gorgeous, in perfect condition, very heavy, an heirloom type piece. My husband and I just love it!

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  10. Hello Jordan, I am trying to sell this exact piece in a queen size and am unable to take a quality photo due to the small bedroom that the sleigh bed is in. Would you mind if I use your photos and disclose that the photo belongs to you? I am sad to separate from this bed but it just doesn't fit into our small cottage that we downsized to. :(

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