I admit that the Victorian era iron beds are my favorite...many Mission and Country beds
also satisfy my thirst for this wonderful piece of our history and future.
It is my firm belief that these beds will endure the hardships
and trials of the future, just as they have for the past one hundred and sixty
One of the true delights in using the iron bed is the ability to
change the color to match the decor of your room. Let's face it....our decorating
changes from time to time. An iron bed will always blend well with any decor...even
Even the iron baby beds....which I do not recommend for a
baby unless it has been converted to safety regulations.....have their uses in and
out of the home. They make lovely loveseats, daybeds, etc. Be sure to coat
with a clear marine finish if used outside the home ... such as porch benches, or plant
While authentic antique iron beds are the most in demand, metal
beds are coming on strong. I am not referring to foreign made cheap material beds,
but rather to the 1910 through 1940 era, which were very sturdy in most cases, and make
inexpensive additions to your home. These beds are given honorable mention only
because the fall into the antique or collectible bed class. Be careful if you
sandblast metal beds because the thickness of the metal can be cut into easily with
sandblasting. This is not the case with iron beds as they are much thicker material.
Three quarter iron beds were much in demand in the late 1800's as
most people either made their own coverlets, etc. or they could be purchased just about
any where. Today they can still be purchased, but generally from select companies,
rather than any department store. Three quarter beds are 48 inches wide and need a
custom mattress. Again these mattresses can also be purchased ...but generally from
a mattress company rather than department stores. Sometimes the length of the bed is
also shorter than the modern bed.
There are many reproductions of the iron bed.....but none can
encompass the distinct beauty or durability of the Authentic Antique Iron Bed. True
antique iron beds stand in a honor roll all their own.