Sleep and I have never had that much cherished love affair, try as I may it has evaded me at every turn and left me always wanting more, in search of it, or wondering had it even had it at all. There was a period about ten years ago, or so, where I was sleeping fifteen hours a day on weekends, waking in the afternoons much like a teenager might.
In my mid-20’s I bought my then sister-in-law’s futon, an opportunity for a larger bed and a firmer bed than I was used to. I loved this so much that after a few years working I ended up replacing it with a more luxurious futon with a plush mattress, slightly less firm than that I was sleeping on. I probably slept on this bed for a few years too many, wondering what my next step should be, replace the mattress, or the entire bed. The mattress had started to develop a bit of a dip, my fault from failing to turn it regularly enough over the years, so there was incentive to now make a decision. Plus, I was finding it less comfortable to sleep on, my sleep was affected, I really wanted to turn things around.
For perhaps the first time in my life I actually selected the best time to shop for a new bed, BedShed had an up-to 50% + an extra 10% sale on. Searching through their catalogue I found a gorgeous bed called the Linden, an oak bed with several storage areas built-in. Initially I went to buy a mattress for the existing bed frame but decided to just buy bed and mattress as well as side tables. All arrived a week after ordering, something I wasn’t expecting as I thought it took a few weeks longer, so slightly stoked.
Delivery day had come, time to pull apart the old and begin cleaning the bedroom in preparation for the new. It was strange to see the bedroom as it had looked when I moved into the house ten years ago, so bare, and nice and clean too. I laid down the new Adüm rug and underlay felt I’d purchased from Ikea, the first time I’ve actually had a rug in a bedroom; it’s strange having a rug underfoot where I’ve just had hardwood, feels nice. BedShed dropped off the bed boxes and mattress, I now began unboxing and assembly.
The drawers at the end of the bed were first and easiest, if only the rest had been as easy as this. Next was the headboard, all 35kg of it. The headboard had been delivered upside-down, thus I had to invert it, open the cardboard at the bottom and then begin the process of de-boxing it. Unfortunately the damned box as I am lifting it up gets in the way of my air-conditioning unit, so I had to keep moving back little by little to give me space to continue lifting up, eventually getting there.
Next I had the side rails to connect the drawers to the headboard, here I came unstuck and wondered if my lack of handyman skill was shining bright. The first beam wasn’t connecting up, so I tried flipping it around and connecting it to the other side of the bed – no dice. Whilst it would connect to the drawers the bracket connecting to the headboard was looking to be a few millimetres recessed from where it needed to be, neither Jodie not I could get the screws to catch. I was forced to call BedShed to ask for assistance, all the while contemplating the very likelihood that I might be sleeping on the couch a few nights – wonderful.
BedShed Joondalup were great, understanding I couldn’t connect the bed correctly I was put through to their warehouse team member Josh who offered to come out and look things over. He confirmed the bracket was a few mm off and used longer screws to compensate, then assisted me with assembling the rest of the bed – can’t complain about that service, can you!
It was so sweet to lay on the new bed after disassembly and assembly completed, my back certainly appreciated the rest, though I headed off for a neck, shoulders and back massage just to assist recovery. The following day my back and glutes were on fire, totally letting me know they’d been given a workout. Loving the new bed and the free memory foam pillows I received for using their online mattress selector. I purchased myself new bamboo sheets as a first, totally recommended if you’ve never tried before.