“Eaves”an Upstair Bedroom Dilema? Not For Iron Beds
August 18th, 2011

eaves |ēvz|
plural noun
the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building.

That’s what your dictionary will definite the slanted roof and where it meets the wall in that upstairs bedroom you so desperately want to decorate……but feel somewhat limited because of the low wall.

Quite a few of my customers have used our iron beds in upstairs bedrooms, with slanted low eaves, to solve just such a problem. Wooden and upholstered headboards tend to visually take up to much “air” space in a room such as this. Metal beds do  just the opposite and give  the same “WOW” effect, without taking up so much space……”visually”.

There are numerous ways to adapt a tall  bed to a slanted roof an it’s eaves. The most obvious is to simply pull the headboard out from the slanted roof it’s against. How far you need to pull your bed out is determined by how tall your beds headboard is an how low the slated roof connects to the wall.

The second way to accommodate your  slanted ceiling room, is to have the headboard lowered. All beds have a section of tubing above the “hitch level” that can be cut out to lower the entire design of the bed, yet still maintain that nice old antique iron bed height. This will require a welder with some degree of finesse and ability to grind weld joints so the weld doesn’t show. The amount that is cut out of your bed should be determined by how low your roof connects to the wall and how much tubing you have on your bed that can be eliminated. Be careful to select a welder with the finesse to cut, weld and grind his welds so they can’t be detected when he’s done. You definitely don’t want some “knuckle dragger” screwing up your beautiful bed.

The third way to accommodate  that upstairs bedroom is to build a new wall out from the slated roof. Thus making the wall your  bed will be against, much taller. I installed a beautiful bed that we had converted to king size for a very prestigious TV producer, in a large upstairs master bedroom. The room had a slanted roof that connected to the wall only about 12″ of the floor. To correct the problem, a contractor built a wall out about 4 or 5 feet from where the roof connected to the wall. Thus giving the new wall much more height to set the  bed against. The contractor also built recessed shelving into the false wall right behind the iron headboard. He then built small doors so the space behind the wall was used for storage……..great use of the space.

One last way I’ve seen used to accommodate your  bed with the slanted roof problem, is to use a long library table, the width of the bed, behind the iron headboard. That brings the headboard out away from the wall. One of my customers did this and then filled the table with tall vases and bright floral arrangements. Because the table was right behind their  bed, they set things like books, their telephone and other easily accessible things they needed to get to when in bed. It was a great solution.

Where there’s a will….. there’s a way. Remember the light airy effect of an metal beds. There’s no better bed frame for an upstairs room than a antique iron bed.

I hope you’ve found this blog informative . I invite you to revisit my website


to answer any and all questions you might have about antique iron beds.

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