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GRAYN's Join Bed Review: Minimalist and Eco-Friendly Bed Frame

join bed in shadow oak color with beige boucle headboard
Sustainable & High-Quality Design: The Join Bed prioritizes sustainability with local, eco-friendly materials and boasts exceptional quality with solid wood construction and wider slats for superior mattress support.
Stylish & Comfortable: This bed frame offers a minimalist design that complements various styles, with the option for a plush, cushioned headboard for added comfort, creating a tranquil bedroom haven.
Excellent Service: Urban Natural offers exceptional white-glove delivery for a smooth and stress-free experience, including assembly and removal of packaging material.

You know what they say about furniture—it's just not made like it used to be. And we have to agree. The furniture market has experienced its "fast fashion" moment, where things are built to push the product off the shelf without real concern for its quality or environmental impact.  

To tackle that, GRAYN is going the extra mile to craft long-lasting furniture, using solid wood materials and eco-friendly practices to keep its environmental impact low and the furniture quality high.

Trying to make more eco-conscious decisions in our daily lives, we were pleased to receive the Join Bed to provide an honest review and see how this responsibly sourced bed frame would look and feel in our reasonably sized one-bedroom apartment.

Overview

Here's a quick peek at what I loved (and what wasn't quite perfect) about this bed frame. Keep reading for the full breakdown to see if the Join Bed could be your perfect sleep sanctuary, too!

Pros
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly: Made from locally sourced wood with minimal transportation impact.
  • High-quality and durable: Solid wood construction with wider slats for superior support.
  • Minimalist design: Simple and clean lines that complement various styles.
  • White-glove delivery and assembly.
  • Crafted in the USA.
Cons
  • Lead time is 8 to 10 weeks.
  • Pricey
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‎About the Join Bed

If you're anything like me, decluttering has been on your mind. Living in a relatively small urban setting requires careful planning and design consideration to ensure my home doesn't make it on the next episode of "Hoarders."

We selected our Join Bed in Shadow Oak finish with the off-white Boucle floating headrest and it didn't disappoint. While being extremely spacious by all measures of a king size bed frame, the bed doesn't feel overwhelming or massive in our room. Its minimalistic design with rounded corners and custom-milled metal splines, makes it look simple and free of visual noise.

If you like to cozy up in bed with your favorite book, opt-in for the headrest cushion. We selected the Boucle floating cushion which is sooo comfy. I love to spend lazy weekend mornings in bed and perhaps the only downside is that I'm feeling too lazy to get out of bed!

If you prefer a minimalist aesthetic, you can also choose no headrest to give your room a sophisticated, solid wood presence. This would save you money and showcase the solid wood's natural beauty and craftsmanship.

Ordering and Delivery

The process of ordering the Join Bed was refreshingly straightforward. Much like the ease of purchasing a pair of scissors from Amazon, we simply selected our preferred configuration and proceeded to checkout. The website guided us through entering our shipping information and payment method seamlessly. Since some e-commerce sites are bogged down with steps and fine print, I really liked how easy this ordering process was.

When it came to shipping, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the Join Bed would be delivered with white glove service for a flat fee of $99. This service included not just delivery but also assembly right in our room - no hassle - loved it!

About a week before the scheduled delivery, we received a call from the delivery company. They confirmed our order details, verified our address, and asked about any potential obstacles such as elevators or tight hallways. A few days before the actual delivery, they reached out again to provide a 3-hour delivery window, ensuring we were well-prepared for their arrival.

This is especially important if you must take time off work for the delivery and assembly service. Since I work from the office, I could plan around it and choose an afternoon slot. Having this flexibility was super convenient for me.

The delivery day was smooth and stress-free. The in-home assembly team arrived on time, and you could tell they were pros. They handled the packages with care and were really considerate about our space.

They respected our home, promptly removed their shoes before entering, and left no trace of packaging behind, tidying up meticulously as they went. In just 40 minutes, they had our new bed assembled and ready for use.

Quick note: ensure the space where the bed will be placed is free of any furniture that requires disassembly. The team will gladly move items out of the way and replace the mattress once the bed is assembled.

Despite being informed that the lead time for a handcrafted piece like the Join Bed was typically 8 to 10 weeks, our bed arrived in under 3 weeks. This exceeded our expectations and showed Urban Natural's commitment to customer satisfaction.

Frame Construction and Materials

One of the aspects that truly sets the Join Bed apart is its commitment to sustainability and local craftsmanship. Each piece of wood used in the bed frame is sourced within a 500-mile radius of GRAYN's factory in Bradford, Vermont, which is powered by 95% solar energy. This thoughtful sourcing practice reduces carbon emissions associated with transportation and supports local forestry industries, ensuring that the materials used are both sustainable and of the highest quality.

As we watched the team assemble the bed, we deeply appreciated the craftsmanship involved. The solid wood slats, which are wider than any we've seen on the market, provide exceptional support and sturdiness for the mattress. Measuring around 6 inches wide, these slats strike the perfect balance between flexibility and individual support, ensuring a comfortable sleep experience without compromising on durability.

Knowing that the bed is crafted in the United States added a personal touch to our experience. It's not just about buying a piece of furniture; it's about investing in a product that embodies the skill and dedication of local artisans.

The bed frame feels incredibly sturdy, a testament to the high-quality craftsmanship. While my partner and I are on the lighter side, we have no doubts about its durability. The solid construction suggests that this bed will remain steadfast and reliable for many years to come. The headboard, secured with sleek, modern metal connectors, adds a contemporary touch to the bed while ensuring it remains firmly in place.

Adjusting the cushion does require moving the bed away from the wall, but this minor inconvenience is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes with owning such a well-crafted piece of furniture. The solid wood construction means that the bed has a substantial weight, so having an extra pair of hands to help move it is definitely recommended.

Functionality and Warranty

Cleaning the Join Bed is a breeze, especially with the Shadow Oak finish. While the darker color may show dust over time, its minimalist design leaves little room for dust to hide. A quick dusting or wipe-down with a cleaning towel keeps it looking pristine and ready for use.

In terms of functionality, the bed is remarkably sturdy. Its solid wood construction ensures stability and reliability, making it a comforting presence in our bedroom. We've noticed minimal noise, with only minor creaks from the wood planks when shifting positions, but nothing that will wake you up from a light sleep, even if your partner tosses and turns a lot at night.

The bed sits about 6 inches off the ground, so don't expect to store any meaningful amount of household items under the bed.

Conclusion

If you're looking for a stylish and sustainable bed frame, the Join Bed from GRAYN is a perfect choice. From its commitment to sustainability and local craftsmanship to its exceptional design, quality, and functionality, this bed frame checks all the boxes. Whether you prioritize a luxurious look or a sleek, minimalist aesthetic, the Join Bed offers the perfect combination of style and comfort for your bedroom. Plus, its eco-conscious design ensures you can "sleep at night" knowing you've made a responsible choice for the environment.

join bed in shadow oak color with beige boucle headboard
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About GRAYN

GRAYN crafts furniture with a clear purpose and a commitment to longevity. Handcrafted in Bradford, Vermont, their unique pieces are modern heirlooms designed to last for generations, all based on sustainable practices.

They use locally sourced materials within a 500-mile radius to reduce carbon emissions and power their factory with 95% solar energy. With fair wages for local artisans and premium, sustainable materials, GRAYN's "slow-furniture" approach means fewer items in landfills and more beautiful, durable home furniture.

Their dedication to environmental excellence has earned them the Sage Award and Silver Exemplary Membership from the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

"When we talk about 'sustainable furniture,' we're considering the entire product lifecycle—from production to recycling and reuse.''
Ali Qari
Ali Qari
CEO
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GRAYN Join Bed FAQs

Is the frame easy to move or disassemble for relocation?

The bed frame is super sturdy and is designed to withstand much shifting. If you ever need to take it apart, you will need a screwdriver and a wrench.

What are the frame's dimensions?

Currently, you can get the bed in either King or Queen sizes.

  • Queen: 66” W x 84” L x 42” H
  • Headboard Queen Cushion: 53” W x 2” D x 18” H
  • King: 82” W x 84” L x 42” H
  • Headboard King Cushion: 69” W x 2” D x 18” H

What is the price of the frame?

The bed frame without the cushion starts at $3,195 for the Queen size and $3,445 for the King size frame. If you want to add the cushion, the final price tag will be $3,695 for the Queen and $3,945 for the King.

Where can the frame be purchased?

The bed can be purchased on Urban Natural's website.

Do they have financing options?

For those who might need it, Urban Natural offers financing options through Affirm, providing 0% interest rates for 3, 6, or 12 months, which is a thoughtful touch for budget-conscious shoppers.

What is the return policy if the customer is unhappy with the frame?

If you change your mind about your purchase, you can return it within 30 days of delivery. Just a heads up, though—there's a 30% restocking fee.

Does Urban Natural offer warranty for the Join bed?

Urban Natural offers a solid two-year coverage for structural defects in materials or workmanship.  It's important to note that certain aspects like natural variations in materials or wear over time aren't covered.

Gus Lozada
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Gus Lozada Gus is a content creator and copywriter with a decade of experience crafting content for digital brands and organizations across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.
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