Goldilocks and the Tufted, Wingback Bed

Have you ever had a picture in your head of something and then had a very hard time finding it? That's what's happening right now in my search for a bed for our master bedroom.

I have an image of an upholstered bed with a tufted, wingback and a slightly curved top edge. Ideally, the fabric would be somewhere in the cream/beige world. The legs would be relatively simple and short, but the overall height of the bed would be normal. I don't want a bed that's low to the ground.

There's a company that is selling tons of beds to online sources (I see their beds on Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, Gilt, etc.) and several bloggers have bought their beds. The prices are amazing and the pictures of them are wonderful. However, reviews of the beds are mixed and I'm pretty sure the beds are imported. Hard to say exactly where they are being built, but I'm betting they aren't from Hickory or High Point.

So I decided to start my search with some mainstream mall stores. I liked a lot of what I saw. Here are some of the beds I found...

1. Z Gallerie - Some items in this store are a bit too ornate and over-the-top with bling for me, but they have some very beautiful beds.


Clockwise from top left: Z Gallerie Jameson, Marisol, Pierre, and Nina beds

The Jameson bed is probably the closest to the picture I have in my head, but I don't like how the wings on the side jut out a bit from the rest of the bed. The Marisol and Pierre beds have wings that are flush with the side of the bed and I find that a little more appealing. Unfortunately, Marisol seems a bit too grand and lacks the curved top. Peirre lacks tufting. The Nina bed was another I considered, but I wish it had a few more curves to it.


2. Pottery Barn - There is only one wingback bed at Pottery Barn right now. It's the Raleigh bed and comes with or without nail head trim and there are several fabric options.

 Pottery Barn Raleigh bed

 I love the shape of the Raleigh bed and the nail head trim is perfect. The curve of the top edge is graceful. However, there's no tufting at all. I seriously thought about DIYing the tufting because I like everything about this bed!


3. Restoration Hardware - I have had so many problems with this company that I shouldn't have even looked at their beds, but they have a ton of options.

Left to right: Restoration Hardware Adler and Churchill beds
Left to right: Restoration Hardware Warner, French Wing, and Grayson beds

The tufting in the Adler and Churchill beds are probably closest to what I'm looking for, but one lacks curves and the other seems almost too curvey. It looks like the Churchill doesn't really have corners where the wingbacks start. The headboard seems to curve. I love the shape of the French Wing bed, but don't love the legs and it's also missing the tufting.


4. Room and Board - I often forget about Room and Board. They are bigger on wood than on upholstery, but there was one pretty, wingback bed there.

Room and Board Marlo bed

I love how the wingback gently curves right into the side rails of the bed. I don't even mind the velvety fabric on this bed. It looks beautiful. I just wish there was tufting and a curved top.


5. Williams-Sonoma Home - This is another company that often slips my mind. Williams-Sonoma is about kitchen goods to me. The only one of their home stores I've seen was in San Francisco.

Left to right: Williams-Sonoma Humphrey, Westport, and Presidio beds

While all of their beds are lovely, the true wingback, the Westport, had wings that were too exagerated for me. The Humphrey was gorgeous, but lacked tufting.

6. Arhaus - This is another store about which I often forget. Arhaus has tons of upholstery! I'm not familiar enough with the company to know where it comes from, though.

Arhaus Devereaux and Barrister beds

If I could merge the Devereaux and Barrister beds, I'd have the perfect bed. If forced to pick between them, the Devereaux would win out. I think the silhouette is great.


7. High Fashion Home - This store is in Texas, but they ship everywhere. The pieces are beautiful.

Left to right: High Fashion Home Amelia, Cleo, and Georgia beds 

I'm pretty sure High Fashion Home's beds are by Vanguard, so I could probably order one of them a little closer to home. They're all beautiful, but the ones I like best seem to lack the curve on top of the headboard. The Amelia also seems to only come in velvet or velvet-like fabrics and I think I want a more linen-like fabric on the bed.


8. Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams - I have a serious design crush on this company to start with. Their upholstery is beautiful and everything is made just a few hours away in North Carolina. Good people, good furniture.
 Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Helaine Bed

The Helaine bed is very strong contender right now.  It has ALL of the characteristics I was hoping to find in a bed. The fabric they use in the official images doesn't thrill me, but I know there are other options.
 Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Helaine Bed

I also found the bed on the Traditional Home website. Bethany Frankel's bed is the Helaine bed. The headboard looks shorter in the images of her bedroom than in MGBW's photos. That is something I'll have to look into.

 Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Helaine Bed in Bethany Frankel's home


9. Bernhardt - I've bought a few pieces from Bernhardt before and love the quality of their goods. I usually just look at their casegoods, so I can't recall what their upholstery is like in person.

 Bernhardt's Jordan bed

The Jordan bed, like MGBW's Helaine, seems to tick all the boxes on my wish list. I think it has a beautiful profile. It also seems tall, but not too tall.
  Bernhardt's Jordan bed

The official images of the bed show it in a dark gray, but I found a furniture store in Philidelphia that had it in an oatmeal color. That color is a little dark for my taste, but it's closer to the creamy beige for which I've been looking.

 Bernhardt's Jordan bed


I think I've done an exhaustive search at this point. I think the front runners are Vanguard's Amelia and Cleo (if Amelia is available in a linen), Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams' Helaine, and Bernhardt's Jordan beds.

Can you point me towards any stores/companies I've missed? I'd love to make a decision soon so we can put a budget together for the work we'll be doing in the bedroom.

Comments

  1. I used to work for Arhaus and much of their furniture is made in the US to very high standards. There are a few Chinese made pieces. I can't remember about the beds but if you ask employees are instructed to say "Asia" if that is the source.

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  2. It's a really bizarre design if it's like that...I would definitely be wary, too! Best of luck! I can't wait to see what you find

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  3. @Katie I had no idea Bassett has so many custom options! Thank you!!!

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  4. @Sammie The Nester? That blog is one of the ones I found when I was searching for reviews.

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  5. @Mrs. Limestone How did I forget about your bed? It's beautiful!

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  6. Have you looked at Bassett furniture? this bed looks like it fits all the rules and can come in a ton of different fabrics http://www.bassettfurniture.com/Queen-Arched-Bed-DZ31890.asp

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  7. I noticed that The Nest got one of the Wayfair beds a while ago. She wrote about that gap you mentioned.

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  8. I can't comment on any of these beds but I absolutely love the wingback bed we have (back when the style wasn't that common!). I never had a soft headboard before so I didn't realize what I was missing until I had this one.

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  9. @carrie @ brick city love Oh. My.Gosh. How did I forget your tufting project? :)

    That Design Waffle chick is AMAZING!!!

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  10. That's the Amazon/Overstock/Wayfair bed! I guess it's not an import after all.


    The complaints are that the back piece is not a long piece, so your pillows and slip through the space between the mattress and the headboard. It's apparently really hard to assemble, too.I'm scared of the negative reviews, even though there are many positive ones!

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  11. Have you looked at Ballard Designs? I saw some tufted, some wing-back designs...

    Haven't heard about Home Decorators, but it looks like it's made in the US? http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Diamond_Tufted_Wingback_Headboard/


    Good luck! I would have a really hard time picking

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  12. carrie @ brick city loveAugust 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Brooklyn Limestone has a similar style headboard in their master - http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2010/02/master-bedroom-nearly-finished.html

    This one from Overstock is similar http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Baxton-Studio-Ipswich-Beige-Linen-Modern-Queen-Platform-Bed/7194895/product.html?refccid=D2A6RXIKKM6LBA2GUYP2YA3TWA&searchidx=114.

    Of course you could always make your own like Design Waffle did - http://designwaffle.com/2013/03/25/diy-tufted-wingback-headboard/.

    (I did too but mine doesn't have wings - http://brickcitylove.com/2010/03/02/the-master-bedroom/.)

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