bed [bed] noun
- a piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps, rests, or stays when not well.
- the mattress and bedclothes together with the bedstead of a bed.
(There are other definitions of “bed” too many to include in this short post but these two will give the gist of my topic today if the title hasn’t already.)
When we were first married we had a double bed, actually it was my bed from home that lasted us a few more years into our marriage. Once we had set a little extra money set aside we splurged and purchased a queen size bed. We’ve had a couple other queen size beds since that first big splurge, after all people go through a few beds in 32 years. We brought our latest bed with us when we moved to Panama two years ago and it is still in good shape and has served us well. It is a little warmer in Panama than in Canada and because of this we were finding that we are in need of a little more personal space at night. Cuddling in -30° weather as a way of conserving energy is one thing but in +30° weather it’s just uncomfortable. (If you watched the Ted Talk from yesterday you already know that we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping.)
After many months of back and forth and humming and hawing and discussion about budget we’ve finally broken down and bought king size bed. We considered buying a set that our friends had for sale but decided that it wasn’t quite right for our space. While we were still discussing and going back and forth we were talking with a friend about one that he was building and he invited us to go and see it. We decided the simple clean design was exactly what we were looking for and so decided that we would have one built. As our friend had some other jobs on the go we figured it would take a while to be completed but we weren’t in any rush. And then last week, sooner than we expected we got the call that the basic frame was ready to take a look at and we were asked if we’d like to go see it and make some design decisions.
When we went to see it we saw the bed frame constructed in its raw wood form and decided that we would have a small rounded edge on both the head-board and frame. Once this detail was completed it just needed to have the mattress supports constructed and sealant applied. I had already purchased some cushion covers that one of our new neighbors sews and a mattress pad but we realized that we had no mattress to go into our new bed frame and no sheets that would fit. So we made a trip (actually two because we forgot the sheets the first time) to Las Tablas and voilà! We have a lovely handmade bed that feels like it’s the size of a football field in the campo.