Note #1 - Measure all the doorways of your European house or apartment *before* shipping your bed over. Doorways and stairways are smaller here, so are European beds. European beds are lower to the ground, higher than a futon, though. Often times double beds are 2 twins put together. Our "big American bed" could not make the journey upstairs to our bedroom - well, not all of our bed. The box spring now resides in our basement (referred to as a cave here in Luxembourg. maybe all of Europe?) The mattress made it. Often times furniture items can be hoisted through an upstairs window. Not in our case, though as the windows are too small (or the bed is too big?) I was told the story of a man (American of course) whose bed was soo big (how big was it?) it had to be crane lifted through his upstairs window. Our bed is not at all huge by American standards. It is a queen size with a pillow top mattress. Now we need to buy a frame. We're feeling very lucky that we don't need to buy a mattress as well.
Note #2 - Put together a box with one set of bedding for each bed, label it "first night bedding." Add this to your shipment. This would have made getting the beds made much easier. We had multiple boxes labeled linens or bedding so it required quite a bit of digging to get the beds made.
More notes to come!