It has been a long job but, at last, the French bed is looking ready! We bought the bed in an auction, and couldn’t believe our luck in getting it for such a price. It is made of oak and created in such a way that it is a very early flat pack, made generations before Ikea! It cost us twice as much as we paid for it to get it delivered home, then we needed to get slats to support the mattress, but when we costed foam to make a mattress it would have cost us 20 times the cost of the bed! The solution was to raise the slats inside the frame so that the foam would be much thinner. We still need a mattress cover, we bought some French linen, but have not yet managed to get it made to shape and the current cover is only temporary.