Are canopy iron beds better in one particular setting than another. Not hardly. As is seen in these two photo’s one canopy bed is covered with curtains, while the other bed is just bare poles and canopy rods. As you can easily see…..both look great.
Can you guess where the bed is with the curtains? That’s actually a old railroad car that was restored. The curtains in this particular instance were probably used more for privacy than anything else, because of the windows on the train.
The other bed photo shows an iron canopy bed that doesn’t have any curtains. Privacy isn’t an issue in this setting. But the height of the canopy poles does a good job in drawing your eye up to the shelves that are displaying a pottery collection. It’s a great visual effect. A bed with a low headboard would have been dwarfed on that particular wall. Also…… the tall footboard on that particular bed enables the owner to place something in front of it, like the dresser, without the fear of hiding all the design element.
The antique iron beds that were used in the “railroad” car, is a great choice because it’s a lighter airier feel for such a small room. An upholstered or wooden headboard would have overpowered the room. A lite open spoke metal bed like this one is perfect for the small space.
The adaptability of these beds into different settings, has always been one of their strongest draws.
Even in vast expansive rooms where space isn’t an issue, metal beds can fill in the space and have a very dominant look. Although the two biggest draws for these beds back in the 1800’s, elevation from cold drafts on the floor and rodents, have nothing at all to do with their adaptability in today’s bedrooms.
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