I purchased Kit's bed only from Ebay and it did not come with the mattress or pillow, so I made one.My review will be of the metal bed it's self.
I am very, very impressed with Kit's beautiful green bed. It is very heavy and sturdy. The bed is a bright, beautiful shade of green. The color is a little brighter than I expected based on the photos I have seen.My Grandma still sleeps on her bed from the late 20's-early 30's that looks almost identical to Kit's,but is a very slightly different green color.
I really love the decals on the headboard and footboard. Though not the same flowers, it reminds me of a green lamp my Grandma has from the 1930's that has a floral design painted on it.So many of Kit's things can be found in my Grandma's house.
I love the way the bed can fold out to be large enough for two dolls. It is easy to fold out.I really love everything about this darling little bed.
Post by PleasantMemories on Nov 11, 2006 21:35:45 GMT -5
I have all the AG beds and this is one of my very favorites. Unlike the other historical beds, (except Samantha's) it can easily be stored in its box and easily assembled for play or display. It barely takes up any room. When assembled the bed is very sturdy and does not easily scratch or dent. It is Less fragile than the wooden beds. I can let my DD(2) play with the bed without worrying about her hurting herself or the bed.
The bed looks relatively realistic to the time period. It is a beautiful color green and coordinates well with Kit's accessories and other furniture pieces. Another great feature of this bed is that it can hold two or three dolls, if the girls don't mind sleeping close. I'm very happy with my purchase.
my one and only problem is that it doesn't stay together as well as i would like but overall..
I love my American girls and my rabbits
Ag's: Kaya, Felicity, Lissie, Samantha, Sammy, Nellie, Molly, Kailey, Marisol, Jess, Nicki, Mia, Chrissa, Sonali, Cher, Lily, Hannah, Eleanore, and Charlie
Rabbits: too many to name!
My daughter got Kit's bedroom set for Christmas and the bed with bedding is awesome. The little area rug is a nice finishing touch. So far we have not had any problems with the bed staying together. The other side of the frame folds down instead of coming out from underneath like a regular trundle bed would.
I purchased Kit's Bed from an eBay seller on a whim - didn't even think I'd win the auction, but I did. And I'm really glad about it, too! I love this bed so much!
However, I don't think it's the sturdiest thing in the world. When I was setting it up, the end boards kept tilting precariously and at one point the footboard slipped away from the mattress frame. That's a bit frustrating! It seems like there ought to be caps or something to secure the mattress frame to the legs. As it is, I have to be very careful when opening the trundle, so that I don't accidently knock the bed off balance and have it fall apart again.
I was disappointed that the painted detail on the endboards is actually a large sticker. The bed is metal, maybe a heavy grade aluminium?, so I thought that the endboards would have been molded when the metal was shaped, and then painted when they painted the rest of it green. It's probably more durable in the long run, though, since paint can chip and wear away more quickly than stickers might.
When the mattress is doubled on the bed (without the extended trundle), it makes a lovely, thick and comfortable place for Kit to lie. The mattress is very soft cotton, though I'm not sure what the batting is made from - probably a foam of some kind. It is actually two mattresses the size of the bed with a good size strip of cotton connecting them lengthwise. That strip rests over the hinges when the bed is open, and it's wide enough to let the two parts of the mattress lie flush when you've got it in single bed mode.
The pillow is very simple. It's the width of the bed and about the same length as a doll's forearm - perhaps a little shorter. The casing is a similar green to the bedframe, so it doesn't need a fancy pillowcase if you don't want to give one.
Overall, I give the bed an A+ for style and concept, and a C for stability. Beds need to be very stable, I think, and this one just isn't quite steady enough. But it might be easily fixed, if Moni's never had trouble with it.
I would pay $45 for the bed, mattress, and pillow, since the design on the endboards is only a sticker, and it isn't as sturdy as the other beds.
My official review of the daybed and mattress set:
B- Why? -- The bed really isn't THAT amazing. The cute details on the headboard and footboard are decals, its sturdiness is questionable, and as it is metal, it is prone to rust. But it is really cute and the fact that there's room for at least two dolls makes it worthwhile. Plus, it's easy to take apart and store if you don't want it on display or only want it out for playtime.
The bedframe is a lightweight metal painted green with decorative stickers on the head and footboards to mimic molding and painted details. Well, actually, it has a bit of weight to it, but not a lot. There are three pieces to it: headboard, footboard, and mattress support.
The frame connects with one hook at each leg. The side bars of the mattress support (hidden by wide guards) slide into a thin hollow tube attached to each leg of the endboards. These hollow tubes are more like C's, with a missing chunk of each. I don't know why. But mine don't fit very snuggly and they tend to rattle - it's as though the C's got stretched out or something. At any rate, there's no screws or anything needed for putting it together. It all slides in and out. This does, however, mean you have to be careful when lifting it up. If you lift it by the middle, it will slide right out of the hooks and you'll only be holding onto the mattress support part, with the endboards hanging out on their own.
The head and footboard are two different heights, but otherwise, they're exactly the same. There is a hollow tube frame, and vertical smaller wiry tubes with a panel in the middle. The panel is made to look like it is molded and painted by the use of a sticker, and there is one on each side of both the headboard and the footboard. If you wanted to decorate the beds yourself, I can't imagine that it would be difficult to use Goo-Gone on the stickers to remove them.
The trundle part is very simple. The heavy-gauge wire frame of the mattress support is duplicated and attached to one side with two hinges. There is a small guard over the hinge part, so that fingers are less likely to be pinched. There is another hinge at the opposite side of the trundle, which attaches the support. It can fold either on top of the trundle or underneath when the bed is in single-mode. If it isn't set up at the right angle, though, the weight of your doll could cause it to collapse.
Also, this bed WILL rust if you get it wet. Mine's showing rust at the hooks on the legs, where they were welded to the tubing. But the each leg has a plastic cap on the end, so that there are no raw edges to scratch floors, skin, or furniture.
The mattress is two pieces of foam covered in cotton or muslin or something that's white, and with a strip of that same fabric connecting them longwise. It's really simple, honestly, but seems to be fairly sturdy. You can fold it in half with either sides facing, and the strip is wide enough that the two sections don't bunch up or anything if you're using the bed in single-mode. They lie nice and flat.
Another benefit of that little strip is that when you have the mattress/bed open, it covers up the hinges of the trundle.
The bed also comes with a pillow that I forgot to take a photo of. It's very plain. A piece of foam a little bit less than the width of the bed, with a green cover. I think you might be able to see it in the corner of some of the photos I've listed already. It's plain and simple, nothing fancy. It's odd to me that there's only one, though, if the bed is meant to sleep two people.
Post by simply_dolling on Nov 12, 2007 20:29:21 GMT -5
I give this bed an A++++!!!!!!!!! One plus for each of the girls that sleep on it. 4 of my girls can sleep on this bed if they are close. Fabulous quality. The trundle part curved in a little, but I think that was from my cat sitting on it. Naughty girl!!!!!! Very pretty, and can fit a lot!!!!!!!!
My girls - Laura (PM #9), Kelsea (#24), Lissie, Sam, Jo, Emily, Paige, Kailey, Kit, Samantha, Nellie, Shanay (#26), (Allie and Sarah - non-ag)
The bed - Oh, this is a very nice piece. Any time you see a movie set in the '30s (or an actual '30s movie) there's always a metal bed like this in the bedroom! Kit's version is bright, perky green, and very heavy! It goes together pretty easily by sliding a few bars into place, but there's no way to permanently attach the pieces so it is kind of hard to move around. It's technically not a day bed because it doesn't look like a couch. It looks really 30's though, with the green color and the decals. A+
The mattress and pillow - the matress is white muslin-like fabric and can also unfold to fit the expanded bed or fold for two layers in one bed. The pillow is green and too small for Kit's head, but looks nice folded under the bedspread. A-
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Post by AGmom2AlliTori on Jan 29, 2010 14:40:24 GMT -5
I would have to say that this is my favorite historical bed! I love the color and charm. I prefer the tufted bedding set with it, rather than the quilt. Our bed is very sturdy, but we don't move it around much - it just stays on display in Kit's room.
I got the bed along with the tufted bed set on eBay. I really like the sturdiness of the bed (the only other bed I have is Addy's, and once I accidentally fell on it as a child, and the one leg snapped, so it was glued back on). I find that it comes apart easily, and I like how it can become two beds, and thus hold two dolls. I am not too big on the green colour (reminds me for some reason of a prison bed), but the flowers help distract me a way from that thought a bit.
I find the mattress a bit thin when it is spread out as a double. Also, if it can be utilized as a double bed, why were there not two bed pillows in the set? For that reason, I would only give it an A-.
Post by Lady Rosalia on Jun 18, 2012 19:06:19 GMT -5
A+ I looove this bed! I bought it with my own money as a little girl and it is one of the AG things I would not consider selling! I did play pretty gently, but even so, I think it is very sturdy. Yes, it disassembles easily but to me, this is a plus. I love rearranging the displays, and it is great that you can disassemble the bed quickly, flip the center part, and re-click it into the head and foot boards. Voila - it now folds to the opposite side! Definitely a plus for different room locations/arrangements. It is adorable, and I am so happy I got it. At least three 18" dolls and a little baby (they needed a little sister!) could fit, if memory serves. Also, the doubled mattress works on at least Felicity's bed, for the "princess and the pea" effect.
I have wanted this bed for a long time but could not justify getting another bed - it is my fifth - really sixth but I no longer have Cécile's. I'm gettjng a new girl soon so I purchased this with the original bedding, which I preferrdd over the newer set for $65. It was in great condition - only used for display. It is sturdy and very well-made. It looks great in my modern room even with the origjnal bedspread. A+