Eleanor's Room

Just to Complicate Things Further

I do very much like this Jenny Lind bed.

It’s funny… I first blogged about Jenny Lind style beds a year and a half ago, after choosing Eleanor’s crib. And now without me bringing it up again, a few people are recommending this bed in the comments of my last post.

Jenny Lind Beds
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I’m just too parsimonious to buy one. (That sounds better than cheap, right?) Maybe I should just spring for one instead of trying to go with one of these? The other options are good too though, and more affordable.

I’m not good at making decisions lately. Can I just blame it on the whole ‘being seven months pregnant’ thing?

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  • Beth
    December 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I’ve had my eye on one of these beds for my daugther, too. And I’m willing to admit I am TOO CHEAP to buy the one from Land of Nod. I did find one at Sears. Not quite as cute and would need to be painted but it’s $160 and I think I could stomach that!


    Good luck – can’t wait to see the finished room!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

      Yeah, but it only has one review and it’s a pretty bad one. Plus shipping is $90, and then it needs rails and slats, plus painting… at that point it might be better to just go with the more expensive one!

  • MS
    December 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Love love love this option, but mostly because it looks almost exactly like the antique bed frame I had growing up at my mom’s house. Full sized bed, which is what I switched to right out of a crib. Shhhhh, don’t tell her, but eventually I plan on taking it to my house and painting it…

  • Erin
    December 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

    We have a bed just like that…though it is brown. It was my mom’s while she was growing up. Have you tried finding one thrift?

    • Making it Lovely
      December 16, 2010 at 8:59 am

      Yes, but without much luck. I’ve been looking on Craigslist and eBay, but only finding damaged or odd-sized options.

      • greeneyedwink
        April 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm

        I just sold an antique frame that needed some love for $75. Keep looking, you never know.

  • Audra
    December 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

    The Land of Nod one is on sale today only, 15% off.

  • Katie l The Social Secretary
    December 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

    In my own non-professional opinion, I love this bed. Over the other 2. Good luck deciding!

  • Kathryn Humphreys
    December 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Have you checked Jubilee? We got a lovely headboard there for our daughter’s room, not as detailed as yours but metal so the bits won’t break off. I’m with you on the too cheap, its so hard to know who they’ll be as they get older and what might happen to stuff (and I like to rearrange things all the time). We did spring for a steel room and board bed for our son’s room though, just because it seemed like it might last through his, hmmm, energy :)

  • Emmmylizzzy
    December 16, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wowee – that is one gorgeous bed! Definitely a splurge, but I’m sure it would be a treasured piece that would be in the family for a loooong time.

  • bungalowbliss
    December 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Oh, I vote for this style. Don’t give up on Craigslist…I found one for my guest room a few blocks away from me and for a STEAL.

    This is definitely a style that will grow with Eleanor–and, as much as I love the wicker headboard, the Jenny Lind won’t be tempting to little-girl curiosities like swirls and wrapped wicker.

  • Ash
    December 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

    If you like this style you can get one at Kmart for like 150. It’d need a coat of paint but it’s worth it in my opinion.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

      That’s the same as the Sears one mentioned earlier.

  • Jill
    December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Babies R Us carries Jenny Lind beds for $119.

  • Danielle
    December 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

    My vote is for the Jenny Lind. It’s very possible that Eleanor will sleep on this until she goes to college and while I love IKEA, I don’t think most of their stuff is made to last.

    I know it’s pricey, but truly, it’s an investment piece.

    I just wish my in-laws had stopped to think for a minute before they bought the ugly 80’s bedroom set my husband used as a child/teen. Especially as it’s now sitting in our guest room and my husband won’t let me paint it!

  • Katrina
    December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I love the Jenny Lind bed. I kept my little Jenny Lind twin bed all the way up until I left for college. It fit in an adorable little nook in my room, so it was perfect. A nice feature about this vs. the headboards is that it doesn’t need to be anchored on a wall, so it opens up more possibilities for rearranging the room. (I did this a lot too!)

    I really do think the design is timeless and perfect for a little girl. Our crib converts into a twin bed but now I’m thinking I’ll go “borrow” my set from my parent’s house when our little one transitions so her room doesn’t look so modern.

  • tracy
    December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I think this one is great! The other ones seem like things would get easily caught in them (hair, feet, clothes, etc)- the rounded edges on this one seems a little more kid friendly- and will stand the test of time with whatever decorating scheme you go with. I’m going to be looking for a toddler bed soon for our son, but with the way he climbs up things and gets into mischief, I kinda hope he stays in his crib til he’s 4 :) heehee.

  • bink and boo
    December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I voted for the swirly bed yesterday, but I didn’t realize this was an option and this one wins my vote. I love this bed!

  • Shelby
    December 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

    My family also used Jenny Lind cribs, and I just did a quick search on Amazon and it turned up this toddler bed. Not sure what color you’re going for, but the price seems very reasonable (disclaimer: I didn’t really review it closely).


    PS I really enjoy your blog and have been reading for the last several months. Keep it up!

  • Brianne
    December 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Heres a cute option for $69 and free shipping http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Me-Jenny-Lind-Toddler/dp/B001AH7B9A

    I’m a sucker for a good deal!

  • Jen K
    December 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I still vote for the Peacock!

  • Tania
    December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Both of my children slept better on a real mattress versus a toddler bed. That may be something to consider. I really like the swirly headboard that you already own. It would look great painted a bright color. You can always change later if your family grows and you have two children sharing a room.

  • Lisa
    December 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I do love that Jenny Lind bed, but you’re right, its expensive. I was going to suggest craigslist, those beds come up often around here, but I see you’ve already tried that.

    I like Ikea’s style, I just think their quality is so crappy over the long haul. I look at it this way: pay $$$ up front for a good piece you really like, or the same amount of money over a few years for multiple cheaper but lesser quality pieces you don’t like as much. The Jenny Lind bed is an investment piece, you’d have that for a long time. The Minnen bed is cheaper but will last a few years, tops. Then you’ve put out about $200 for a frame that you will replace for a different $200 (or more) frame in a few years. Spend $400 up front for a good frame, or $400 over the next five years for two less-than-great frames.

    Or stick with the already-sunk-cost peacock frame :-) Its really quite nice. :-)

  • Cindy
    December 16, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I would just use the bed you already have coming. It’s beautiful, and it’s recycled. You’ll eventually have to fit a twin bed in that room anyway.

  • Jenny
    December 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Land of Nod has a one-day 15% off sale today (12/16) on any purchase over $75 in honor of their 15th anniversary. Use promo code CAKE and knock $75 off that Jenny Lind bed!

  • Sarah W J
    December 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Hi There!
    I’ve long been a fan of your blog and couldn’t get yesterday’s bed post out of my mind… I love love the peacock wicker. It is just SO unique. I also totally get the ease, price and functionality of the Ikea. My problem with that it it lacks the UMPH and she will very soon outgrow… I think the Jenny Lund is the way to go FOR sure- classic, but so, so cool. I found a very similar spool bed at our church auction a few years back for $7!! Yes, SEVEN. I had to retrofit it and make the rails, but a good glossy white and it is GORGEOUS: http://goingstarfishing.blogspot.com/2010/11/far-far-away.html
    I see them all the time at local Antique Malls and on craigslist under “spool bed.”
    Worth the hunt…
    Good Luck!

  • Andrea
    December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    My daughter has this exact bed (but in the full version so that we never have to get a new one) and I love it! It looks adorable in her room, and she is so proud of her big girl bed.

  • mrsbcs
    December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I saw this and had to post.

    Jenny Lind all-the-way. I have been following the bed-dillema, and then when I saw the JL bed, which I would love for my Miss O, I had to tell you so.

    I would get it for Miss O, but she has her great grandma’s four poster twin bed which just seems like it was made for her ;)

    Have a great day!

  • liz @ btb
    December 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I’m quietly chanting “Peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock peacock” with one fist in the air.

    I hope you can hear me all the way over here on the left coast.

  • Leanne
    December 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    the jenny wins…love it. timeless and a forever cherished piece i am sure…

  • bungalowbliss
    December 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Another point to consider: if you do end up with two children in one room, a Jenny Lind will be much easier to match in the future. Plus, how adorable (and timeless!) are two twins of this style in a room? My all-time fave!

  • Chloe's mom
    December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Hey guys, from the post it seems as though Nicole wants a twin Jenny Lind bed, not a toddler bed. The toddler beds are cheaper, but I dont think that’s what she’s looking for. We’ll keep our eyes out for a twin :)

  • Lora
    December 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    That is a really cute bed. However, I would buy one the less expensive options and spring on the bedding instead. Just sayin.

  • Circa1972
    December 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I vote for the Jenny Lind! I think Eleanor would love it so much longer and beyond the IKEA bed. And if she wants for another style, voila! Peacock! You’re all set!

  • Hally
    December 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    My vote is for the Jenny Lind. She could sleep on that until she moves out, painting it or changing it with her own growing tastes. I say go for it. Its gorgeous.

    Good luck.

  • Emily
    December 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Still loving the headboard you already have, the other two beds are so adorable, but you’re a trendsetter, go with the peacock head board!:)

  • Nat
    December 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I would invest in the bed and mattress and leave other purchases for later. And do you really want to do any DIY things right now? OR within the next couple of month with another little one on the way?
    This bed looks amazing, I might steal this idea when the time come for me to decorate my daughter’s room.
    Good luck with your decision.

  • Agnes
    December 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I was up all night thinking about your last post! I have a little girl, Abby-Sue who is a tiny bit older than Eleanor and we also have a boy due in the spring and are facing the same problems of space and bed furniture. I even went to Ikea today to look at that option but realized after the bed and the mattress were purchased, I could probably get another nice bed with all the money going into the specialty mattress. The problem really is the mattress… it is really lumpy and icky and does not look like a good investment. I adore the Jenny Lind option and think it would look smashing with the crib you already have! That is my vote!

  • Robin
    December 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    If you can make up your mind by the end of today, Land of Nod is offering 15% off on their entire site. I vote for skipping the toddler bed and going straight for a twin. That’s what we did for our 5 year old daughter and expect her to use her bed (pbkids) until she decides to move out someday.

  • mel
    December 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Oooh, love that much better than the other options.

  • Rachael
    December 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I just went through this situation myself. I have a 4 year old and a 2-1/2 year old sharing the same room. A boy and a girl, to make things a little more difficult. I got my youngest out of the crib, into the toddler bed, and then into the twin bed all within a few months. I knew I wanted two twin beds in there as I wasn’t going to buy another toddler bed. Seemed like a waste of $. I looked at the Jenny Lind bed frame, very cute, but anything with a footboard is going to take up valuable real estate. Because I couldn’t decide on headboards, I went ahead and got the twin mattresses/frames in the room, found the right bedding for a boy and a girl, painted and now I just need to get the headboards. I was thinking of the Nurseryworks upholstered headboards. I think they are called Vale. Nice and soft to lean against and read books. To your issue: I think the wicker one will get ruined, the Ikea one she might outgrow, and the Jenny Lind …well, the only thing with that one is the footboard, so if space isn’t an issue with you as it was with me, then GO FOR IT!

  • Virginia
    December 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Oh I love this one!! I think it will really have a lot of life in it and could be used for years (if not generations) to come. I think you will be sad not being able to sit comfortably on the edge of the bed with the Ikea one.

  • Caitlin
    December 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I love that bed! I’m not sure if you received the e-mail from Crate and Barrel but today only (12/16), they’re offering 15% off all purchases of $75 or more at Land of Nod with the discount code CAKE. It’s not much but it might help pay for shipping costs or taxes!

  • Jamie
    December 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I do like the Jenny Lind bed, but I think your other two options are much, much cuter. And the wicker headboard has the advantage of being more unique, as well as darling. Good luck as you decide!

  • christina winters
    December 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    this bed is breathtakingly gorgeous! it definitely gets my vote over the other two, and seems like it would be easy to style the same way as the ikea bed. plus it has sturdy give-to-your-daughter-for-her-own-children potential, unlike anything ikea has ever dreamed of. you could always paint the wicker headboard a bright color and turn it into wall art! if price is an issue, could you just prune the budget in other areas to make room?

  • Elliott
    December 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I had a Jenny Lind-style bed when I was Eleanor’s age. I’m now 40. I still have the bed. It’s been my bed, a day bed, a sofa, a guest bed, my niece’s bed and now a guest bed in her room. Its timeless, has been painted a jillion different colours and it keeps on ticking. Admittedly I didn’t buy it, my mother did. But worth every penny.

  • Holly G
    December 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I love this option the best! I’m sure someone can find you one that is more affordable.

  • Alexis
    December 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The Jenny Lind is a lovely bed. I’ve seen many in antique stores in ME and MA (guess they were popular there). Good luck with craig’s list and ebay!

  • Appletree
    December 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I love the IKEA beds in the inspiration photo. Adjustable is handy, but what do you do for bedding? flat sheets instead of fitted I guess… Are the mattresses adjustable too? Or do you have to buy different sized mattresses when you want to change the size of the bed?

  • Melissa
    December 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    This is my favorite by far! It is such a beautiful bed. The pillows on this bed are so lovely.

  • Cherie
    December 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Are you crazy? As famous as you’re becoming you could approach Jenny Lind and they would GIVE you the bed for all
    the advertising you’ve just given them and will continue to give as the room design develops. World at your fingertips sweetie! Use your connections!

  • Chris P
    December 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Oh I promise you will love the Jenny Lind bed. I bought it for my son and it looks great in his room with his train comforter. My husband was apprehensive about getting white for a boy, but now agrees that it looks great. I have the room painted a sage green. The quality is fantastic and I know will be in our family for many years to come. I agonized over this purchase for a long time ( because I had to have it shipped to Hawaii), but I know I made the right decision. He went straight from his Jenny line crib to his jenny Lind bed. I hope this helps you a bit! Land of nod sells great products. Oh and we bought one side rail and have the other side avaunt the wall ( really worth it).

  • Michelle
    December 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I’m a new reader but this just looks like it would fit perfectly in your home!

  • Melissa
    December 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    the Jenny Lind bed is by far and away my favorite option! and if you need two in the same room later on then two Jenny Linds side by side is the only thing better than just one.

  • Kerry
    December 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    We have Jenny Linds from Land of Nod. LOVE them. You can see my twins’ room entry for the AT Small Kids Big Color contest for a pic:


    You can’t go wrong with a Jenny Lind bed. Classic style, goes with everything.

  • Kerry
    December 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Oh, and check out the Land of Nod outlet in Naperville … you can get one of these beds for well below retail. I bought a bunch of furniture from the Jenny Lind collection there, all for at least 1/2 off. (The dresser in the picture was $30). They are meant to look distressed, so the tiny dings are no big deal.

  • Kelley@thehiddenlist.com
    December 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    This is my fav! Perfect for a little girl and will take her into her big girl, early teen years! BUT….so will the others…This is definitely my fav, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
    I know….that didn’t help much…

  • bianca
    December 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Someone might have already mentioned this, but kmart carries a Jenny Lind toddler bed for $140 and a twin for $160 in different shades of brown-you’d have to paint it white. That’s where we bought our Jenny. We have yet to paint it white-the brown is growing on me.
    Hope that helps.

  • Monica
    December 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I was also going to say a quick search showed Kmart selling the head/footboard for $160. I’m not sure how much the quality will differ from the Land of Nod bed but the price sure is a big difference!

  • Cyndia
    December 17, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I had some reservations yesterday when I saw the two beds you posted pics of for your daughter’s room. I can see the wicker one being great for a pre-teen or teen, but it seems rather fragile for a toddler. The Ikea bed just doesn’t seem substantial enough, and of course you were concerned about the slat problem.
    I really feel the Jenny Lind bed is a perfect choice. Because this is a bed that needs to last for many years, it’s worth it to buy good quality. I would suggest vintage first, if you can find it. Twin Jenny Lind beds are harder to find than the full size ones. You would typically pay $250 and up for a vintage one, and then have to refinish it. If the Land of Nod bed is good quality, I highly recommend buying it. It’s pretty, it’s classic, and it’s going to last through rough and tumble kids’ play.

  • Lorrie
    December 17, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I rarely comment (always read though!) and had to on this. This bed is so lovely and wonderful for a little girl. I saw the beds from yesterday and while I love how funky the peacock one is, I agree with the previous poster that it would be great for a pre-teen girl. The ikea bed…while I love the look of it, it looks so serious and like it came from an old orphanage.

  • Kristina
    December 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I didn’t read all the comments, but I second the Land of Nod Outlet. I’ve got the Land of Nod Simple Collection….crib x 1, dressers x 2, night stand x 2, and now twin beds x 2 for my girls. They actualy have first run stuff at the outlet. Since you are so close it’ll be easy for you. You can even give them your number and they’ll call you when what you want comes in. Check it out!

  • JR
    December 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I bought the Jenny Lind twin size from Land of Nod earlier this year. It is a high quality bed (very solid)and ordering/delivery from Land of Nod was painless (Saturday delivery even).

    I figure the cost per year will be next to nothing & it’s really good looking.

  • luuve
    December 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    hahaha i love pregnant women!!!!!

    hey you’re 7 months pregnant, someone else totally needs to make this decision…btw…i looooove the jenny bed lol…and im loving it in the reader’s twins room…super cute…

    i think im like you Nicole..and im NOT pregnant..i hate having to make a decision i have to stick with…

    OOOH JUST HAVE THE HUBBY PICK ONE LOL OR CLOSE YOUR EYES AND PICK LOL…i mean seriously neither would be a bad choice…ha! yeah i know..i didnt help at all… :)

  • emw
    December 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    First comment ever–just have to say that from reading your blog for months, this bed pick seems the most like your style. I would think they’re on craigslist every once in awhile?

  • Brandi
    December 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    My daughter has the Jenny Lind bed and she loves it! I LOVE the style and the quality is excellent!

  • Janna
    December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Have you looked on craigslist for one? I see them often, especially in the antiques section. I’m sure whatever you choose will look amazing!

  • akanerosie
    December 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    love your posts always so much great things to see

  • laura
    December 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Favorite by far!

  • Mary
    December 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I have to admit, this one is my favorite! I love, love, love the peacock headboard though. So, what if you used it as another element in the room? Like, a dresser/chest of drawers topper?

  • Anna
    December 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I like all your choices, that peacock headboard is really unique. I found an old Jenny lind bed (full size) for my daughter at a yard sale for $30 and painted it gray.
    You can see a picture on my blog http://anna-kiwiintexas.blogspot.com/2010/10/long-time-no-blog.html you’ll have to scroll down to see pics of the bed. I am really happy with the way it turned out, and it has a lot of storage space under it because we used slats and a mattress

  • Andrea
    December 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I have come across a Jenny Lind bed (toddler size) for a fraction of the price….

  • Wendy
    December 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    You need to contract this out to “My Favorite and My Best” and let her find you one on Craigslist. The girl is good!

  • Nadine
    December 19, 2010 at 3:22 am

    All the options are beautiful, but the peacock head board is the most special and beautiful.

  • Katie
    December 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    ooh this bed if my FAV!
    but no matter what you pick – I just know you will make it look stunning!!

    good luck with the deciding :)

  • Marilyn
    December 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    You will make the right decision. You always have! My personal favorite? The Jenny Lind bed. It’s a classic!

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  • Kelly Stone
    January 4, 2016 at 6:30 am

    This I know is an old post but we love Jenny Lind. Have been a dedicated follower and somehow missed this post.

    Happy New Year to and look forward to your creative ideas.