<p>The bed looks extra-crisp in a minimalist, modern space</p>

The bed looks extra-crisp in a minimalist, modern space

Thuma

When I was seven years old I had a toy set. Multiple pieces of mahogany wood that fit snugly together in multiple configurations, on which silver ball bearings would run down in pleasing configurations.

Even back then, as a child with little appreciation for aesthetics, I remember this toy for its quality. It felt weighty in the hand, the connections felt reliable, the materials looked and felt premium, and it was a pleasure to spend time with.

That early years pleasure came to mind as soon as I saw one of Thuma’s ubiquitous Facebook ads, in which two sections of the bed are satisfyingly put together without the need for tools, screws or glue.

It’s the latest online business to promise a product that dramatically improves upon the status quo - so we tested it out, to see what the hype was about.

Delivery and ease of assembly:

This is arguably one of the bed’s biggest selling points. We set a timer to see how long it would take two of us to assemble, and we were done in … three minutes. Seriously. It slots together like a particularly satisfying jigsaw, and feels sturdy right away.

One person could comfortably put this together in less than 10 minutes. Contrast that with flat-pack beds that come with bags upon bags of bolts, nuts and an array of Allen keys, and it’s world’s apart.

The last bed I owned took literally three hours to fully assemble. The Bed by Thuma isn’t cheap, but depending on how much you value your free time (I value mine highly) that’s a price consideration to take into account right away.

It’s also a factor to consider if you move around a lot - it’s nice to know that your bed can be disassembled and reassembled in a jiffy.

Our bed arrived in three separate boxes - two of them containing the major components, and a separate one a couple of days later with the pillowboard.

Aesthetics:

We got the king-size Thuma bed in walnut, which is more of a golden brown in real life than the muted darker tone shown on the website. I like this a lot - it’s warm and inviting, and looks premium.

The hinges, which make the bed a dream to assembleThe hinges, which make the bed a dream to assembleThuma

There isn’t a headboard per se, it’s what they call a ‘pillow board’ which sits between the mattress and the wall. It’s like a reduced-size foamy headboard that can have pillows piled up against it and lay upon. When I first added the PillowBoard it looked small compared to the bed - it’s low rise and not commanding in the way that a traditional headboard is. But it’s a clear aesthetic design choice by Thuma, which fits with the Japanese, minimalist vibe. Over time, I grew to like it, but some on social media and various sleep forums just aren’t that into it.

For $85, you can switch up the color of the cover on your pillow board, for a different vibe or to match a change of color scheme in your room. The color options are limited - dark charcoal, light linen, or fog grey - but it’s still a bonus.

Sturdiness:

The bed slots together using a Japanese joinery technique that secures wood pieces with only tension and friction, and while that might sound like it has the potential to be unstable, it’s the most creak-free bed frame we’ve tried. It’s dead silent. There’s a lifetime warranty too, which gives us a lot of confidence in it.

The bed provides a creak-free sleepThe bed provides a creak-free sleepThuma

This same design means that it can be slightly difficult to move and adjust once assembled, for example when trying to lift it to put a rug underneath.

Extras:

Thuma’s main thing is beds, but they also offer a few extras on their website. The main one is The Nightstand, which is super-simple, quite petite, and a perfect design match for the bed. One downside … it’s very expensive. They’re more than $400 each with tax which is pretty steep - but if you’re design conscious it’s a simple way to make sure your side-tables are a true natural match for your bed.

We bought two of them and were impressed by their solid feel, thoughtful design features such as the indented surface to stop things falling off. While they are expensive, they really do feel like a piece of furniture - much like the bed - that you’ll be keeping around for 10 years or more.

The other thing that caught our eye were the slick sleeves for sale that you can attach to the side of the bed for things like magazines, books and tablets. That’s available in a nice heathered gray.

Price:

  • Twin: $695
  • Full: $895
  • Queen: $1,095
  • King $1,195
  • Cali King $1,195

Verdict:

This is the Apple of beds; attractive, minimalist, with hidden complexity. And while the other bedroom products from Thuma veer towards the expensive side, the price for a bed of this quality is very reasonable. The only downside for some will be the pillowboard, and we’d love to see more design options down the line for that, but in a typical, modern-design bedroom, it’s going to fit right in.

The bed - along with the other items mentioned above - are available to buy here.

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