Sustainable Living Through Antique Iron Beds

Authentic antique iron bed frames have something that no newly made piece of furniture can offer…. character and a past.

From the days when Lincoln was in office and Billy the Kid roamed the Wild West to when two brothers named Wilbur and Orville took to the skies at Kitty Hawk,  In the quest for a more sustainable lifestyle, it’s no secret that reusing furniture plays a pivotal role in reducing our carbon footprint. At Cathouse Antique Iron Beds, we’re passionate about blending the charm of the past with modern sustainability to bring you exquisite antique iron beds.
Our commitment to sustainability starts with the beds themselves. We exclusively deal in original, centuries-old antique iron beds, each a masterpiece crafted by artisans whose expertise surpasses that of modern, electrically powered factories. These artisans used hand-operated or treadle-powered tools and relied on natural sources for glues and dyes, ensuring a level of craftsmanship that’s unparalleled.

Here at Cathouse Antique Iron Beds, we continue their legacy by meticulously restoring these beds using the same time-honored techniques. To ensure both beauty and sustainability, we employ carefully selected eco-friendly paints and finishes, resulting in stunning, one-of-a-kind antique beds customized for your home.
What sets our antique iron beds apart is not just their unique character but also their remarkable environmental impact. We estimate that our antique iron beds have a carbon footprint a staggering 16 times lower than their modern counterparts. By choosing one of our beds, you not only enhance your living space but also contribute to a greener, more eco-conscious world.

When you purchase a bed from us, you can rest easy, knowing that you’ve made a sustainable choice. Our antique iron beds are not only a statement of style but also a testament to your commitment to reducing, reusing, and lowering your carbon footprint.

So, why not join us in the journey toward sustainability and “lower your carbon footprint, while you sleep”? When President Woodrow Wilson announced our entry into the 1st World War, iron beds offered people the handmade craftsmanship and quality they had come to expect from their era. In 1914 the United States entered the 1st World War, bringing to a close the production of iron bed frames due to our country’s overwhelming need for all available iron for armaments and the war effort.

Four years later when the war ended, styles changed and production methods were being revolutionized… hence the Industrial Revolution. Hand-made “one of a kind” items, such as iron beds, were no longer cost “effective” and became a thing of the past. There were numerous small foundries in the East around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wheeling, West Virginia, and as far west as Chicago, Illinois that took great pride in their own original designs. Sometimes employing only a few people, these small foundries would take days to make one single iron bed frame.

The iron castings were always hand-poured and originated from sand-cast molds. Finishes were varied and could range from simple white to multiple colors with detailed “gold gilding” on the castings. For these reasons and the limited numbers of iron bed frames produced by these small foundries, it is unusual that we uncover the same style of cast iron bed more than once. Back in the mid-1800s, for some reason, iron being produced in America was far superior to that of Europe.

Our tubing was thicker-walled and the iron castings our artisans designed were much more detailed and fanciful than that of Victorian England. When brass was added, for contrast and ornamentation to the iron, ours was thick and durable. European brass, once again, was very thin and susceptible to cracking and denting. For all of the above reasons we at Cathouse only deal in antique iron bed frames made in this country back in the mid 1800’s. Our antique iron bed frames range from 80 to 140 years old. Because they are all American vintage they, are far more collectible, desirable, and valuable than any in the world.