Old Trains & Old Iron Beds Grow Together

What could old steam locomotives and antique iron beds possibly have in common? Well the first thing that comes to mind is they’re both made of cast iron. But how is it that their success was so intertwined ? The same foundry and smelting process that made iron beds possible, also brought us the iron…

Antique Cribs…….Safe or Not???????

Antique iron cribs are the least safe thing you cold ever buy. If your intentions are to actually use them for your new born. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has instituted new safety standard for cribs. Here are a few of the reasons why. No crib can be made or sold with traditional drop side…

Dust Ruffle vs. “No” Dust Ruffle

There are two “schools ofthought” when it comes to using a dust ruffle on antique iron beds. The first is that the true traditional iron beds of that period didn’t have dust ruffles. The reasoning behind that theory was that a dust ruffle would have negated one of the main reasons for the elevated stature…

Linens and Dressing Your Antique Iron Bed

So you’ve finally found the bed of your dreams……… that’s just the beginning. Now you have to dress it. Easy you say………Well yes, to a degree it is. But consider this…….The way you dress and appoint your bed will determine how well it blends with the rest of your bedroom furniture. You don’t want your…

1800’s Antique Iron Military Quartermaster Beds

1800’s Antique Iron Military Quartermaster Beds, also known as “campaign beds“, opposed to many beliefs that these were just simple twin size iron beds, were used by military officers in the field. They were popular because of their ability to be disassembled and carted to a new location without much effort. Yet the enlisted “grunts”,…

Iron Side Rails and “Harmonic Concussion”

Although I’ve posted more than one reference to the use of unnecessary force in assembling iron beds………it continues to be one of the major requests I get from people over my website on what to do “after” the damage has been done. Take a moment to read this so that “damage” doesn’t happen to your…

Side Rails for Your Antique Iron Bed

What do you do if your antique iron bed doesn’t have a pair of side rails ….. or the set that came with it doesn’t fit? Usually I’d tell an inquiry with such a dilemma that their goose is cooked. But in fact, you do have a couple of options open to you. Ebay has…

Can A Bed Be Called “Sexy”?

Many of the initial conversations I have with my customers involve their “likes” and  “dislikes”, regarding the style of iron beds. I usually ask if the like the straighter line more Austere styles or are they more looking for something with more curves and fluid designs. That question usually prompts one of two responses…….almost universally.…