“ Brand: John Lewis / bedframe / Type: BedFrame „
For a long time my spare bedroom has acted as a study, but recent changes made me decide to turn it back into a spare bedroom again. It is not a huge room but I wanted a bed that two people could sleep on but at the same time leaving space for some furniture.
A small double bed was just what I needed. I have slept in a small double for several months in the past and found it cosy, but adequate for two people. Previously rather more expensive pine beds but on this occasion I was looking for a bargain. After a lot of internet research I came to the conclusion that John Lewis had the best deal around - offering the attractive and modern Apollo bed frame for a reasonable £70. Obviously this did not include a mattress but I was then free to decide on the quality of the mattress independently from the bed frame. I teamed the bed frame with a cheap mattress from Argos which cost £85, making the total cost of the bed £155.
I ordered my Apollo via the John Lewis website. It is so popular that I had to wait three weeks for it to come back into stock, and I can see that stocks do run out fairly frequently. Delivery was free and as usual with John Lewis, very efficient. The delivery men were happy to carry the bed upstairs for me, and once I had opened the packaging I could quickly see that everything promised inside was present and correct.
The Apollo bed frame is described as a Value bed, and it is very utilitarian in appearance. I prefer this basic design; the cold hard metal frame looks absolutely great when it has a colourful duvet and pillows on top and doesn't detract from the bedding itself.
The dimensions are pretty standard for a small double; it is 199cm long, 123cm wide and 100cm high - more commonly described as a four foot bed.
The finish is a matt silver, and the bed is composed of six vertical metal rods in the head rest, which is 53cm high.
There are four metal legs, plus one central support leg which sits right in the middle of the bed. This attaches to the central rail, running down the middle of the bed, and prevents any sagging from the bed slats and gives a more robust design.
The wooden slats are sprung - ie they are slightly arched to give a bit of spring to the mattress. There are 14 slats on each side of the bed which slot into the central rail at one end and the side rail at the other.
The bed frame is delivered with 7 metal components and 28 bed slats. It also comes with all of the nuts, Allen keys and spanners needed for assembly - the only tools I needed was a screwdriver.
Although the individual parts were not at all heavy, I really did need another person just to balance the long rails and to slot them into the legs.
Assembly itself took about 20 minutes and was one of the easiest beds I have ever built. The instructions that came with the bed are really clear, with both written descriptions and helpful diagrams.
Assembling the head end, bed rails and legs took about 10 minutes and once this had been done I sent my son away so that I could finish off the slats on my own. The slats do not cross the entire width of the bed, but are half the size of the bed in length. Each slat is fairly thin and springy, and has a plastic holder at each end. The slat is inserted into the plastic holder arched side upwards, and then the plastic holders simply click into place on the bed rails. This was a strangely satisfying experience and I worked my way down the bed very efficiently.
In my opinion there are very few negatives to this bed. I know that some people have found the central supporting leg to be a problem. This is not really a big problem for me as I try not to store things under my bed - but if you are the sort of person who likes to store big boxes underneath the bed then this leg would get in the way.
The only other minus point is the look of the bed. I love it, but I can see that some may think it just a bit too utilitarian for a bedroom.
I am absolutely delighted with my bedframe. It provides a springy but solid base for my matress and is very robust. I have now owned it for nearly six months and during that time I have had a variety of guests sleeping on it. The most frequent occupants are my oldest son's university friends; huge six foot 21 year olds who seem very happy to snuggle up together on a small double! I think that the central rail and the central leg have prevented sagging.
Everybody tells me that the size is not a problem and they have a very comfortable sleep.
In the interests of research I spent a night on it myself and really did prefer it to my own full sized double.
It is reasonably priced, looks great, was very easy to assemble and is comfortable. All that I would want in a bed.
Metal bedframe from John Lewis