Gendered Iron Beds

What, you ask is “gendered iron beds“…….. Quite simply it means taking any antique iron bed and establishing it’s gender by the “finish” you apply. It’s actually quite simple. You can take a beautifully scrolled Victorian or Art Nouveau bed that has soft flowing feminine curves and design……. and make it look masculine. Maybe not…

“The Hills are Drying Up”

“The Hills are Drying Up”, has become the catch phrase for every antique picker that is still in the business. When I started as a wholesale “picker”, over 40 years ago back in Washington DC., the “hills” were load with merchandise. The “hills” are the backwoods, that are away from cities and densely populated metropolitan areas.…

Queen Conversions to Antique Doubles

As you probably know,  the largest size bed being made back in the 1800’s was a double/full. And you probably know that these old iron beds can be converted to accommodate a modern queen size mattress. But did you know that it can be done in two ways: The most difficult is done by cutting…

Simple Can Be Better………..

Quite often I have people come to me that are looking for that “special” bed for their master bedroom. If you know anything about antique iron beds, you’ll know that they came in more shape’s and designs than you could count. I’ve been in this business for around 40 years and continue to see beds…

Hospital Beds……..

Over the years plain Austere iron beds have often been referred to as “hospital beds”. The reasoning for that is quite simple…….. many of them were. Straight “soft shoulder” beds with straight interiors were a perfect bed frame for the continual use that a hospital bed receives. So it was surprising when I came across…

Institutional Iron Beds

Iron beds have been used throughout history in institutional settings for one main reason…….durability. No other material, wood, plastic, fiberglass etc. etc., can match up to the durability  and strength of metal beds. Often referred to as “hospital beds”, some form of metal bed has always been used in these institutions. They are also easily…

Grandma’s Bedroom is Now Chic

Can you remember trips to your grandparents house when you were younger? Is there anything that sticks out in your mind? For me it was my grandma’s bedrooms and the antique iron beds she had in each of them. They stuck in my mind for a couple of reasons The first was an accident I…

Southwest Adobe Style Bedrooms

When considering a Southwestern Adobe Style for your bedroom, there are a few important things you’re going to want to address before selecting a bed. From many vintage photo’s that I’ve seen over the years, iron beds were used quite a bit in these early desert homes. The desert landscape and the bright colors of…