Ashlynn was only 19 months old when Kenley was born and we felt it was too early to switch her to a twin bed to free up the crib for Kenley. So we purchased a second crib and planned to delay the purchase of a bed until Ashlynn was older. We converted the crib to a toddler bed over the summer, and aside from bedtime protests, she's never actually caused too much trouble with actually staying in her bed.
We also decided that the girls will alternate their birthday parties, with only one girl getting a "big" party each year and the other having a smaller at home celebration with a few friends and family. So instead of spending a bunch of money for a birthday party, we invested it in her room. Of course, with a recently completed bathroom reno and a kitchen facelift around the corner, we really wanted to do her room as cost efficiently as possible without compromising on things we value. Just like when we did her nursery, we wanted to include style but also eco-conscious products.
Her bed started with a standard metal twin frame, found on Amazon for significantly less than anywhere else. We ordered the headboard a few months back from Joss & Main. It's the Melonie Twin Headboard. I wanted a headboard that could be something that would grow with her, just like most of other things in the room. It's easy to change bedding, art, lighting, as she grows, but the big ticket items I hoped we could have last at least until the teen years.
Same with the bed frame, I stuck with Amazon for the box spring. Since we have Amazon Prime, I always like to take advantage of the free shipping, especially with oversized items. This box spring, is awesome, and yeah, I just called a box spring awesome. If you ever had to live in a city row house with a spirally walled stairwell, you'll know moving box springs - while lightweight - are still a pain in the ass. It's a metal frame that you assemble yourself (so it ships and moves easily), and then you just a zip a cover over top. I think I had it together in ten minutes. Also, it was only $90.
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