Thursday, 1 December 2011

A good night's sleep at last...Our new bed

As promised, here is the second instalment of our "bed challenge".  
When we waited nearly 3 months to unpack our container in our home, the thing I looked forward to the most was sleeping in our own bed. Our nice, comfy bed. But, after the bed was lifted through the balcony, through the spare bedroom, and into our bedroom, we realised we were going to have a problem... 
It was too high!!
Normal for us, but not quite normal for the German A-frame ceilings. 
We decided to test out our new bedroom with our current bed for a week or so to see if wasn't all that bed.  Let's just say, it was as if Arne and I were having a competition to see who could bump their head the most when getting in and out of bed - ouch!
After many nights of restless sleep, we decided it was time to buy a new bed, and put our lovely comfy SA bed into our spare bedroom - my mom will love it when she comes to visit in two weeks time! But I was sad to part with it.
This is when the next challenge began! Oh my gosh, beds are a whole different thing here - completely not what we are used to.  We've only ever known beds with either a base and a mattress, or a wooden frame and a mattress.  After many hours and Saturdays of shopping at bed and mattress outlets we finally realised we had to surrender to how things are done here. We were also quite shocked at the price of decent mattresses and bed frames. Take a really good mattress in SA and times the price by 3, you may come close to the prices here! Plus we had to find a bed that was really low down. We eventually opted for good mattresses, and a basic frame.
So, this is how it's done here...
Step 1 - another trip to Ikea, this time to buy a bed frame - thank goodness for station wagons
 
Step 2 - Build the bed frame


Step 3 - await delivery of mattresses, and...special slats, called 'Lattenrahmen'
Now, you're probably wondering "what's so different about this?"  Well, firstly, the slats come sperately from the frame so that you have more choice about what kind of slats you want.  Plus they come in two sets - like a His & Hers. You can choose the firmness/softness of the slats, how 'bendy' they are, and if you want them to lift at the head and at the feet - with a motor and remote control!  We had a lot of help from a great sales lady at this mattress place and if you look at their website you will see what I mean.  Matratzen Concord Since we bought our mattresses and slats from her we got a very good price; she was most helpful and kind.

Step 4 - Unpack and fit the Latternrahmen - we chose the basic ones.  We didn't feel the need to lift up our feet with a motorised contraption.
 

Here you can adjust the firmness by pushing in the rubber ends of the slats

Step 5 - Unpack and load on the mattresses. Yip, those too come in two parts.  
Keeping in line with the allergy-conscious side of things (like having no carpets), most mattresses have a removable, machine-washable cover, so we opted for those.
Arne fits the under mattress protector
Almost ready

Giant sheet to fit over the mattresses
Step 6 - A good night's sleep at last in our great big bed.

Before - bed height of 80cm where the ceiling slopes at 1m...
After - bed height (including mattress) of 40cm!
Horray, success!