Eleanor's Room

Which Bed for Eleanor?

Which Bed for Eleanor?

I’m torn. I love the cool peacock headboard that we have from eBay (to be painted), but I’ve been thinking that the Minnen extendable bed may be a better fit for us right now.

  • If I use the peacock headboard, I’ll have to get a twin-sized bed for it. That’s going to limit my layout options in the room. What I love about the Minnen is that it’s as wide as a twin-size, but the length is adjustable.
  • The peacock headboard would attach to the wall and the bed would just bump up next to it. Maybe this is silly to think, but I feel like the bed will shift away and the pillows will always be falling down behind. No?
  • The Minnen is really cute here, and would look much better with wallpaper (if we in fact wallpaper).
  • I do worry about the slats of the Minnen shifting under jumping kiddos on the bed (since a few readers mentioned that as being a problem with IKEA beds).
  • If we have more kids and two need to share a room, I think two Minnen beds would work well. (But that’s a big hypothetical IF, and many years away.)
  • That peacock headboard is just plain awesome. Although Eleanor may well break off the cirlicues.
  • When we go to IKEA, Eleanor is drawn to the Minnen. But Brandon pointed out that she would probably be equally happy to have the peacock headboard too.

I don’t know. I can argue for or against each one. What do you think?

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  • Amanda
    December 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I have 3 year old twins and an 18 month old baby. I know from experience, the bed will push away from the wall if it is not attached to the headboard. Pillows will fall behind it. Unless you find a way of anchoring the bed to the wall. Also, those little side rails on the Minnen bed serve as a safety rail to keep Elenor from falling out of bed. Or, if you go with the Peacock, you can buy one of those mesh safety rails from One Step Ahead. One of my kids fall out of bed all the time. She usually stays asleep though!

  • Jacqui Bee
    December 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I like both beds and I do think the Peacock is very cute but then I like things to match and can you match it. You would definitley need to attach the bedhead to the bed. What about a divan bed with drawers under it. We often see them for sale here very cheaply. Lastly I have a slat bed (not Ikea) and it has webbing stapled on it’s slats to hold each slat the correct distance apart and holes at each end to bolt the slats to the frame. Those babys are not going any where. Cheers

  • Gail
    December 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Minnen bed

  • Christie DeSilva
    December 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I have the IKEA bed for my daughter. It’s a great bed. We started out without it fully extended, but quickly decided to make it the full-sized twin so that mommy or daddy could snuggle in (or maybe both…tight squeeze). ;)

    The only drawback? I have to say that as a four-year-old and growing girl, the bed isn’t going to grow with her. It is SO LOW to the ground, that despite the headboard and footboard being appropriately proportioned to grow, it continues to have the look of a toddler bed since it is so low to the ground. It’s not one you could add bed-risers to and be able to hide. :(

    If I could go back, I would choose a headboard and a hollywood twin frame that could grow with her…plus, I’m bummed I wasted the cash on the mattress that grows with the bed that I used for just a couple of months. Use a real twin mattress if you get this bed. The IKEA one doesn’t fit sheets (it’s TOO thin) without them looking super sloppy, and it’s like sleeping on a camping pad. Ouch.

  • Michelle
    December 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    The thing about the peacock headboard is that her hair is going to get tangled in it. I had this exact headboard and mine always did when I was growing up. I remember having to call my mom to come disentangle me on one occasion! It *is* gorgeous, though. Just something else to consider.

  • ronda
    December 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Minnen Bed is so cute! : )

  • Ashley
    December 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Peacock!!!! It’s so unique!!!

  • Elizabeth
    December 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I like the peacock one better – much more interesting. Also, if you got the minnen bed and you wanted to make it shorter than a twin, where would you get the mattress? Is that something that would be readily availalbe or would you probably just end up going with a twin mattress in that one too?

    • Making it Lovely
      December 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      IKEA has a mattress that comes in three sections to fit the Minnen at each length.

      • Christie DeSilva
        December 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

        The mattress is the thickness of a camping pad, so the sheet will look sloppy and constantly fall off. Also, you’ll have to custom sew your sheets to the different length to fit the different lengths of mattress. :( Boo-hiss. We have this bed. That was definitely a draw back. We ended up fully extending it and just using a nice twin mattress. The IKEA one SUCKED big time. I suggest using it with a regular mattress at full-twin size or having a backache. ;)

  • Nat
    December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I vote for neither. I wouldn’t want to put the beautiful headboard in the way of toddler fun. No matter how well behaved they are, there are always those day when kids just don’t behave.
    And I’ve been considering Ikea bed myself and decided to pass. It’s cute, but I don’t like the mattress that comes with it. And the sides ARE flimsy. You won’t be able to get in bed with her to read/sleep.
    I understand your draw to the simple vintag-y look. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  • v.j. kohout
    December 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    IMHO, if Eleanor was 12 I would vote for the peacock. The Ikea bed, while cute has no future use. Get a real twin bed, one that you could buy a matching bed in the future. Create your own cute headboard. If you have room, get her a full size bed. As they grow, they like that better and/or you can have a real bed for the guest room.

  • Alicia
    December 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    We have the Minnen for my 5-year-old. She’s had it for two years. Can’t say enough great things about it. We use a regular mattress with it (not IKEA) and have never had any problems with the slats — and my kid’s a jumper!

  • Ellen
    December 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I have the Minion bed for my 3 y/o and she absolutely loves it. It looks so adorable. Also space is limited in my home so keeping it at the smaller size is working out really well for us.

    My 6 y/o twin boys share the Kura reversible bed, with one sleeping on the floor on a mattress and the other in the top bunk.


    I can tell you from experience that they all hold up very well to the rough use of my energetic bunch and the mattresses are also very comfortable.


  • Valerie
    December 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    def. the Minnen Bed, as it will be more practical for now (as all have commented above): You could alway hold on to the Peacock headboard for when your baby girl hit the Tween years? Or Maybe you could do something else with it, an extravagant art wall piece perhaps? :)

  • Monica
    December 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Can only repeat what most everyone else has said – Minnen.

  • Caitlin
    December 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I don’t have any advice as to which bed you should get, but my bed has not had a headboard in over 15 years. I’ve never had any problems with the bed shifting or pillows falling behind it. (on both hardwood and carpeting)

  • Krista
    December 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I used to have the peacock headboard as well and the curly-ques used to break off on me….I can only imagine a toddler grabbing and breaking them. Also, it definitely shifts around.

  • Sarah K
    December 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I love the peacock bed, but I hear you on the snapping off of the curly cues. I do second the thought on saving it for the tween years – it will be so cute!

  • Jillian
    December 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I love the Minnen bed! Every time I see it at Ikea I squeal a little bit. But then, I am an Ikea connoisseur! It seems more sturdy too, especially for a small child (metal vs. wicker); my sister had wicker furniture growing up and it always got damaged. Also, I currently have an Ikea bed, and don’t have any problems with the slats moving around at all. Good luck!

    • Christie DeSilva
      December 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      Our Minnen bed slats don’t budge…at all. :)

  • Sarah Wilisch Horn
    December 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I love that peacock headboard, but I think you should turn it into outdoor furniture. It’s all wickery cool. I would totally find a bench about the same width, bolt that headboard to the back of it, paint it some wonderful color and have a grand, swirly, outdoor fantasy loveseat. Then you can get whatever little-girl friendly bed you like and STILL use the cool headboard. Now I think I’m going to look for something like that. My garden could really use a fancy loveseat.

  • bink and boo
    December 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I like both, but I would worry about the minnen and the kids jumping on the bed issue. I say peacock!

  • Jules
    December 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I was going to get the IKEA bed as we are now transitioning our girl into a big girl bed. I was ready to bite until someone mentioned to me that with this bed, you’ll always have to tuck in the blankets and comforters. Since we’re not a “tuck in your duvet” kind of family, I have (sadly) come to realize that this bed isn’t for us. Good luck!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      We’re not really a “tuck in your duvet” kind of family either. I’d like to think we are… but not really. ;)

  • birdie blue
    December 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    just took a good look at the bed at ikea, i don’t think the side rails are that sturdy. the fact that it is extendable, makes the side rail less solid (it’s in two parts instead of one solid piece). my husband thought it looked way too young. we went with the light blue tromsnes, instead.

    you might want to go to the land of nod outlet. it’s in naperville now (instead of northbrook). they always have a ton of great beds. plus, they have a very nice side rail option.


    • Making it Lovely
      December 15, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      Ooh, I forgot about the Land of Nod outlet. I’ve never been, but I love their Jenny Lind beds.

  • Rina
    December 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I would go with the Minnen and save the headboard for when she’s a bit older and ready for a “big girl” room. Can the slats on the Minnen be secured somehow?

  • Jessica
    December 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I vote the minnen extendable bed. The peacock headboard is pretty, but less practical I think…

  • Dana
    December 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Tough call… I would lean towards the Minnen. :)

  • urbanblonde
    December 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I had the peacock headboard for my daughter from the age of 6 on. We had a crib that converted to a toddler bed that she used until she was nearly 4 and then an IKEA semi toddler bed that she used from then until we bought her the twin. Her younger bro used the IKEA bed until he was about 6 when he got her twin bed and she got a double. Eventually we bought him a double too.

    If you can follow all of that!!! I would recommend just get the toddler bed then progress to a full size (double bed). Seriously the biggest mistake I made was buying a twin bed. They grow before you know it but I did love the toddler bed.

    I also recommend like others to just get an ordinary mattress for the minnen bed. Our IKEA toddler bed didn’t have slats but a solid base so that wasn’t an issue. However if yours does have slats just replace with a box spring.

  • Christy
    December 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    We have the Minnen for our 2-year old and she and I both love it. She’s been in it since she was 1.5 at the shortest length. The side rails are great at this length as the head and foot rails are much closer together. We haven’t had any issues with the slats. The only con that I have is that it is pretty tedious to put on the sheets at this short length and with the stationary rails. I use twin sized sheets and fold the extra length under at the foot of the bed. My vote is for the Minnen, especially if you have limited space/small room (like we do).

  • Renae
    December 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Okay, here’s a voice of practical. You already own the peacock -go with it and in a few years if you tire of it -get the minnen. You know how Ikea keeps there inventory around for awhile -you can switch then. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  • Janet Hale
    December 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I agree with Renae…..be pratical use the peacock, besides the minna looks like an accident waiting to happen as i can just see eleanor getting something stuck between those rungs.

  • Holly G
    December 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I love both! I really love the idea of painting the peacock bed pink as it would be something unique but the minnen bed does resemble a toddler bed. I do agree that it could help her from falling out. With the peacock bed you would have to get the ugly mesh guards for safety reasons.

  • Katie W
    December 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    The peacock headboard is amazing! There is no question that you should hold onto it for when Eleanor is older.

    But I think the Minnen gives you more options for now. It has the safety rails that make it look more like a sleigh or carriage (a little Princess touch I would have loved way back when). The adjustable aspect is pretty great as she transitions to a little girl and then young lady. Plus, I think that you can make it work for a boy by covering the scrolling with wood or use it later as a guest bed.

  • Jennifer W.
    December 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Minnen! Totally Minnen.

  • mary
    December 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    i bought the minnen in white for a gray room, and i **love** the way it looks. i like it close to the floor – fits the tiny room nicely. haven’t used it yet, though.

  • Lori
    December 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I say Minnen now, peacock later. My son has been in a toddler size bed for 2 years and he loves it. It is a nice transition bed between a crib and a twin (or as we call it the REALLY big boy bed.) He is 4 1/2 and will soon go to a twin and we will use his toddler bed again for our daughter eventually.
    Also, please please forgive me but do be careful about letting Eleanor jump on the bed. It is the number one rule in our house-no jumping on the bed (unless a grown up is holding your hand.) Am I obnoxious? Just really wanted to mention it as I know of serious injuries caused by innocent bed jumping fun.

  • Anna
    December 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    You can always use the peacock headboard to embellish a dresser, mantle, or seating (etc). That way, you might not really have to choose between either :)

  • Katie
    December 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    ooh I like the minnen bed because it’s just so versatile and we all know how you like to change it up every once in a while :)

  • Tonya
    December 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I think that the bed will pull away from the wall and you’ll have pillow problems, as you suspect. I think you should go with the minnen for the baby. Buy the Peacock for yourself or your guest room.

  • nadia
    December 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Minnen! We bought it for our now 21 month old and LOVE it! It is so cute as right now we have it at the shortest size it can be. Really, the little tiny big-girl bed is just friggin’ adorable! I actually don’t mind the mattress that is meant for it and eventually will use a regular twin size mattress when it’s extended to that size, which I really hope isn’t for a loooong time because it’s just so darn cute as a teeny bed! Plus, I love that the rails that come with it (which btw, are NOT flimsy if you attach them correctly) are cute and serve a purpose without having to get those ugly mesh things. The bed is so sturdy, I have no problems with it at all!

  • erin godbey
    December 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    From the reviews on the Minnen bed, it sounds like it may be too flimsy (though I am certainly not an expert since I don’t have the bed myself)… if you could save the Peacock bed for a few years for when she’s older that would be great, though I’m sure it could be attached to a standard metal bed frame so it wouldn’t shift if that’s the main concern. I bought a stand-alone headboard and was able to attach it to a frame. If you do decide to get rid of it, please let us know, I’d love to buy it!

  • AK
    December 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Not the peacock. Way to fragile for a toddler. I have a 5 and 3 year old. They are good kids, but it would never survive the what if I just do this… thing they do before falling asleep. And I can just imagine the face print I’d see in the morning on my little girl’s face. She sleeps with her face right up on the head board. I’d go with the Minnen. You could still paint it.

  • Ricci
    December 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    if you choose the minnen, I’ll happily purchase the peacock from you :)

  • Renee Smith
    December 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Could the peacock headboard attach to the Minnen since it is twin width? Then you’d get to enjoy the pros of both beds without the cons… a thought.

  • rachel
    December 15, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    hmm since you asked i say go for the peacock… you can always put locking castors to keep it from moving, and those fold down mesh rails work great for keeping them in bed. Forget about that headboard being too precious, it’s lovely now, you love it now, and you and she should enjoy the hell out of it now, in a few years your taste will change and you’ll probably regret not using it when you haul it out to the curb/give it away. Plus you just cannot curl up and cuddle and read a book with her in that ikea bed.

  • Katie
    December 16, 2010 at 12:56 am

    They’re both super cute… it sounds like you are leaning towards the Minnen. I like the looks of the peacock but the practicality of the Minnen… could you embelish witht he peacock flair?

  • Katie
    December 16, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I’ve never had a headboard but never lost any pillows down in between the bes and the wall.

    I’d get a proper bed/mattress – she’s a growing girl and needs good support as she sleeps. The Minnen mattress looks flimsy. If you get a good single/twin now she’ll have it for the next 10 years.

  • Béa
    December 16, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Sorry if this has already been suggested…I haven’t read all the comments yet…
    What about : you go for the Minnen but do sthg different with the headboard. like fix it to the wall and place a little settee underneath it, a large ottoman or one of those foam benches…

  • mel
    December 16, 2010 at 3:27 am

    As the first poster said it will move away from the bed. I work for a furniture maker, and we take safety VERY seriously. There have been cases of kids being strangled by falling between the bed and wall. How ever you lay out the room make sure you leave gaps big enough so the kids don’t get stuck.

  • Kay
    December 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I’d keep the Peacock headboard for her teenage years – way too much temptation for a toddler to pull, pick and generally “explore” and when she is a teenager, I bet she loves it. I don’t know about the Minnen I’d have to see it IRL – looks a little flimsy to me, but I was the mother of a very rambunctious little boy who managed to wreak a lot of damage on his furniture. No help at all really…. but not the Peacock, thats for sure

  • Lara
    December 16, 2010 at 6:38 am

    As a grown-up, I love the peacock headboard. It’s totally in tune with what my style is now, and I think it would look so cute in a little girl’s room. But then I thought about Eleanor loving the Minnen in the store, and I remembered when I was a little girl. I had two beds in my childhood. The first was a cheap old canopy bed I loved more than anything in the world. I would grab the posts on the sides and stand on the edge, pretending it was the bow of a pirate ship, I would pull the curtains shut and pretend I was a princess locked in a tower, I would spend many hours when I couldn’t fall asleep making up games for my canopy bed. One year our lovely neighbor offered her grown son’s old bed to us. It was a beautiful antique hardwood bed, with curvy posts at the head and feet. Looking back, I can see it was the cooler and more stylish of the two. But little girl me didn’t care about that. I just wanted my pirate ship. I was miserable in that bed. When I look at the Minnen, I can see Eleanor loving it like I loved my first bed.

  • WES
    December 16, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Paint the Peacock and use it as wall art in the basement, something big and bold. And get the other bed for Elanor.

  • Brandi
    December 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Although the Minnen is super cute, in person it does seem rather flimsy. I say go with the Jenny Lind from Land of Nod and save the amazing and delicate Peacock for when Eleanor is older. The Jenny Lind is so charming and versatile. It looks like it will stand up to playful growing children and be suitable for both a girl and a boy. I love it here in Sunshine Ruffalo’s home (from the estate of things blog): http://www.theestateofthings.com/wp_teot/2010/05/05/big-up-yourself/

  • Sara @travelsinheels
    December 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I like the peacock headboard! I think it will grow with her longer. They are both great but I like how you can customize the peacock bed.

  • Erin
    December 16, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Tough call! In situations like these, I tend to go with practicality. I went to Land of Nod to see what Brandi was talking about and WOW it’s super cute too. But you don’t want a third option! Since you already own the peacock, you have it as a backup if you buy the Minnen and end up not liking. I’m not a fan of sleeping with footboards so it’s appealing to me since I burrow and my feet stick out. Not being sure of Eleanor’s sleeping habits, I have officially been no help!

  • Mellissa
    December 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

    use the peacock if that’s what you already have… that’s practical and it’s adorable.

  • Heather K
    December 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Having no clear opinion myself, I called in my resident “experts,” my daughters ages 7-1/2 & 11. Both said the Minnen is your best choice. My 7-1/2-year-old especially liked the side rails for safety/comfort (though she also loves the fanciness of the peacock headboard). Maybe Eleanor could use the Minnen for a couple years and when your baby boy is ready for a big bed, he can use the Minnen and you can get a twin bed for big sister at that time.

  • Amanda
    December 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve been lurking here for awhile but just thought I’d say this…

    I have a wall mounted headboard myself. When I first switch (from a full sleigh bed) I was nervous about the pillows falling behind and it being a royal pain. Fortunately I’ve had no problems with that. Its myself and two dogs using it every night and we’ve had no problems whatsoever.

    All your options are lovely but I am partial to the peacock headboard. Its so pretty!

  • Nicoletta
    December 17, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Peacock all the way! Much more versatile. You can use any simple twin bead frame and the headboard can be changed out anytime. I would just get a cheap metal frame and a box spring, or just put it on the floor. You could also go toddler bed style and just set it up like a daybed.

  • JR
    December 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    The minnen is rather low to the ground if you plan to use it beyond her toddler years – so you’d have to get a new ‘real twin’ size bed for her once she’s 3/4 years old anyway – I’d get the Jenny Lind from Land of Nod & use a bed rail while she’s little (the Jenny Lind is not extremely high off the ground either – so a tumble will not be too serious).

  • pascaletb
    December 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Love, love, love the peacock headbooard but little fingers are not rattan friendly. Lovely curlicues are so easy to break.
    I don’t know whether somebody has suggested that already but you could use it as a stencil and paint it on the wall or on a fabric covered headboard.

  • Brianne
    December 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I say the Peacock Headboard. It’s unique and beautiful. You can always attach it to a metal bed frame with bolts or even zip ties them hide them with a cute skirt! :)

  • Chicky Chicky Baby
    December 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I usually lurk but I had to comment on this because we have the Minnen in white and while it is cute, it is a perfect pain in the neck to change the bedding due to the footboard and railings on the sides. Top quilts need to be tucked in and I’m not a fan of that look.

    However, it does hold up well – my five year old will be getting a new, more mature bed that will grow with her in a few months and my 2 year old will be getting the Minnen unless we spring for a new toddler bed. If you get it, I would recommend getting a regular twin mattress when you’re ready to extend it because the mattress it comes with is two pieces and, again, a pain in the neck.

    Wow, ramble-y. Sorry! Obviously I feel strongly about this. :)

  • Amy
    December 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I’m not going to read through all the comments, as I’m sure somebody already suggested this – but if the Minnen bed appeals to you because of the small size – why couldn’t the peacock bed be worked up with a smaller frame (that the headboard can bolt to)? You could maybe even use it with a minnen-style mattress…

  • Jane
    December 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Does your daughter move around a lot when she sleeps? If so, the Minnen is a good choice because it’s low to the ground and the sides prevent most kids from falling out anyway. Our 4 year old has one and we love it. I would not allow her to jump on it though…the slats seem sturdy but not strong enough for jumping.

    As for making her bed, we just have a fluffy comforter on it and no top sheet so it’s simple for her.

  • Delta
    December 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    The Minnen! Super practical and so good looking!

  • Jordan
    December 18, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I have two vanity chairs that match your peacocke headboard exactly. The swirls can break off easily as you feared, but it is such a beautiful & fun design. And so very special & whimsical. Either option is ultimately a great option, but you do already have the headboard. I use one of the chairs in my ten year olds room & it just does add a special, girly touch. Good luck!

  • laura
    December 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    The peacock one! pretty! and as a kid, I woulda felt trapped in the other one :-\

  • Kellie
    December 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I had a peacock style headboard when I was little and I did, indeed, break off the curlicues. “If they’re pretty on my headboard, they’ll be even prettier off my headboard!!!!” RIIIPPPPP!

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