Our Beautiful Custom-Made Bed

One of my best friends has a boyfriend who is just learning carpentry. Last Christmas, he showed me some photos on his cell phone of tables he’d made, and I was HOOKED! I asked him right away if he could make a few things for our new home.

Since Jorge and I have very different styles, we knew it would be hard to find furniture that suits both our styles, so hiring Leo to build custom-made furniture was perfect. Jorge likes very modern, streamlined, minimalist decor. I prefer a more colorful look with lots of textures, and my favorite thing is rustic Mexican furniture.

Anyone who lives in Cancun knows that it’s HARD to find good furniture! There are lots of stores that sell cool-looking things, but a closer look shows poor quality with plastic-y materials. The only store that has good furniture (in my opinion) is Liverpool, a higher end department store… but it’s EXPENSIVE.

So what did we do? Jorge and I went to Liverpool a few months ago and took pictures of things we liked. Some of the headboards we loved cost THOUSANDS of dollars. No thanks!

We showed Leo a few pictures, and a few weeks ago we got this….

Anyway, we love it! It has all the rustic Mexican charm I love without being too heavy, and it’s sleek and modern enough for Jorge’s taste.

Guess how much it cost? $2500 pesos! That’s only about $200 US dollars 🙂 For the headboard and the base. AND it was the first bed he’d ever made. Amazing job, Leo 🙂

Leo told me yesterday that he finished the nightstands to match!! Can’t wait to see how they turned out!

If any of my readers in Cancun or Merida want Leo’s info, let me know.

22 thoughts on “Our Beautiful Custom-Made Bed

  1. Love the bed! We also have a local carpenter making our furniture, as it is much better quality for the money than anything found at dept. stores. And then you can design it how you want. 🙂

  2. WOW!!! What a beautiful bed. I agree it is very HARD to find good quality furniture at a reasonable price. I would like to have his contact info please. 🙂

  3. i love it. you have a handmade bed you can treasure for years, for a great deal. that is awesome! jed made our headboard, and it is so special to us.

  4. Oh my, that’s gorgeous and only $200? Better get Leo to do your whole house right now. Once he catches on that he’s really great, the price will jump into designer prices! Ha ha… That’s pretty awesome tho– I think he definitely has a future as a furniture designer!

  5. Hello!

    That is a beautiful design that you picked out for your bed. And your friend did a great job making it for you.

    Would you kindly share the contact information for your carpenter? We just bought a fixer-upper in Cancun and really need help from someone with his talents and skills.

    Thanks so much for your help!


  6. If you are still checking this, I would really like contact info for Leo. my 1st condo in Playa came furnished, but I have now bought a new construction and need furniture made. I love the bed!
    Thank you

  7. Hi. We are moving into our brand new home in Cancun shortly and will have very little with us, so we’ll be buying practically everything all over again. I would definitely be interested in Leo’s services to make everything from a bed to dressers, tables, night tables, coffee table, and end tables! And a desk the girlfriend piped up! lol
    Here’s the situation: we tried to get visas but have to wait 6 months. So beginning of November we will be moving into our casa for the maximum of 180 days & will be looking to start furnishing the house immediately. So the services of your friend Leo would be required immediately if at all possible. Also, do you know anyone who can do rattan furniture as well?

    hasta luego Pat & Lauri

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