I still haven't decided what to do about the head/foot board situation, but at least now I have a proper bed, and 'Tish has a lot more room to hide in.
As I was installing it, I realized that this is the first time I've had a proper bed in almost 10 years. For one reason or another I always ended up with non-standard sleeping arrangments (bed lofted over the room, mattress on floor, mattress and box spring on the floor, couch, etc...)
Of course as soon as I setup the bed etc... I couldn't help but notice... the bed seems kind of tall now, I can't quite flop down onto it as easily anymore. Oh well, small price to pay ;)