Aluminum vs Cast Iron Castings

You may not be aware of the fact that there are no manufacturers making iron beds today out of iron. All reproductions being made today are using aluminum to pour their castings. Why you ask…… The answer is three fold. First: Aluminum is the third most abundant element (after oxygen and silicon), and the most…

Iron Beds for 2012 Whats on the Horizon

Every year I set down around this time to take stock in the iron bed market and what’s to be expected in the upcoming year. As is always the case, I make mention of the depleted supply of beds that seem to be showing up. It stands to reason…..there were a finite number that were…

A Sleepovers Best Friend A Big Iron Bed

It’s more a right of passage for a parent than even your child……the infamous “Sleepover”. Sounds easy enough. How could one or two friends be that hard to accommodate? Well I have a 16 year old and a 21 year old. When they were much younger, lets say 5, 6 or 7 , sleepovers were…

First “Big Girl” Bed………..

Get ready for it……. because it’s coming. I have two grown daughters and I can recall, like it was yesterday, when they came to me and said “Daddy…. I want a “Big Girl Bed”. I knew precisely what they wanted. But being a parent, is asking the questions that you already know the answers to.…

Dreams…..The Glue of Our Subconscious

Dreams are our subconscious trying to communicate with us. I can remember as a child, there were certain places that I was more prone to dream in than others. One of those places was and antique iron bed at my grandmothers house in Central Pennsylvania. No matter when I went to visit, I always stayed…

Last Minute Gift Shopping

So you’ve got yourself into a bit of a pickle. It’s the day before Christmas or the day of your best friends birthday and time just hasn’t been on your side in finding that particular someone a gift. No problem ……. take a deep breath, relax and know that the day after whatever event it…

Globalization & Iron Beds Foreign Competition

If you’ve ever sold, produced, or represented a product or service built in this country you’ve at one time or another been confronted with competitors from foreign markets. It’s a cold reality that can’t be ignored. Is competition from foreign markets ever good? Well on a whole competition is extremely good……that’s when the playing field…

British Beds and The Gobblin Mirrors

Have you ever seen an antique iron bed that had small round mirrored medallions on it? There aren’t an abundance of them laying around. But they were made and had strong popularity throughout England and Europe back in the Victorian Era. The are a few things that distinguish British beds from American made iron beds.…

Custom Bed Finish White Silver Wash

Over the years one of our popular  custom finishes has been our Black Silver Wash. But recently we’ve had a number of requests for a lighter look, incorporating a  Silver finish. Iron beds are beautifully adaptable into any setting with the proper finish. Some surroundings won’t accommodate a darker Black Silver Wash. Rooms that can’t…

The Scarcity of Twin Iron Beds

Twin size iron beds have been around since the late 19th century when they were hand made by craftsmen and artisans who would hand pour the iron and then polish detailed castings. Then finishes were hand applied to these twin size beds. Until World War I, they were manufactured by hand in American foundries on…