Here is an iron bed I converted to a “Crown Canopy” for a client who happens to be opening a new B&B right in the heart of the “French Quarter” in New Orleans. She had wanted something special for one of her premier suites. After selection the bed she wanted, she informed me that she also want us to convert it to an a “Crown Canopy”. Doing any kind of canopy on a bed that has a “French Curve” is problematic . But certainly not impossible as you can see.
Iron beds with French Curves on the side is difficult because for the canopy side pole to look appropriate, they have to re-curve as if thethe side tube was one continuous tube that is going through the casting. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen an iron bed that has a French Curve on the sides, also have a canopy. So I’d like to think if the foundries that were turning out beautiful French curve iron beds, ever intended for their iron beds to have a canopy……they may have designed it much as we have.
Whenever we have to design something to accommodate an antique iron bed, I try and think of the continuous flowing lines that they tried to achieve with every iron bed they produced.