I'm embarrassed to say that it took me six years as a home editor to finally upgrade my bed from a standard metal bed frame sans headboard to a luxurious upholstered queen, and it's all thanks to the Lenia Rain Cloud Bed from Article.
Article, one of my favorite direct-to-consumer-brands, is known for well-made furniture without the sky high pricing, and they were one of my first thoughts when I was thinking of getting a "real" bed. After six years of not sure whether I was going to change apartments and not wanting to invest in a big piece of furniture, I was finally ready to take the plunge.
As a proud new renter of a early 1900's era Brooklyn one-bedroom, I loved the charm of my new place, but space was a top concern. I needed a bed that fit easily in my tiny room, had enough clearance for under-bed storage, and didn't overwhelm the space. Not exactly an easy find.
Article Lenia Rain Cloud Gray Oak Queen Bed
After checking out a few sites (and lots and lots of measuring), the Lenia Rain Cloud Bed was the winner. Not only was it in stock and ready to ship (not always a guarantee these days), it had plenty of space to fit my organizers underneath, and the minimalist design meant it wouldn't take up any more room than necessary in my tiny bedroom. As an added bonus, the upholstered headboard made the bed feel custom without custom pricing.
Arriving in just two days, this bed had one of the fastest deliveries of any furniture piece I've ever ordered. As assembly is required, the bed arrived in three separate boxes. While the boxes were well insulated so the pieces didn't arrive damaged, it was difficult to unpack in a smaller apartment, so keep that in mind if you're also in a small space. I recommend grabbing a box cutter and keeping a trash bag handy to clean as you go.
Assembly itself was pretty simple. The instructions are easy to follow, and the process itself took about an hour. The one hiccup during the process was that we didn't have the correct screwdriver needed, according to the instructions. Thankfully, we had a drill with an interchangeable head to speed up the assembly.
Once assembled, this bed was a perfect fit for our space, and our Casper mattress nestled neatly on the frame without needing a box spring (an extra bonus!) One of my only notes is that making the bed takes a tad more work these days; the airiness of the design can make it easy for sheets to come untucked.
After 3 months with the bed, it's safe to say we love it. The upholstered headboard makes a comfy backdrop for reading, and the white oak of the design lightens up our room and all of the dark wood architectural accents that come with it. After making this purchase, I can't believe it took me six years to commit to a "real" bed; I can't remember life before it.