Four Poster Conversions

One of the more popular conversions we’re asked to make on our iron beds is a “four poster” conversion. Some confuse this with a “canopy conversion” which has much tall posts that connect at the top with four horizontal poles. Four poster beds have always been very popular and the majority of the ones made…

Christmas Angel Castings

It never ceases to amaze me the variety of castings there were on iron beds back in the 1800’s. But during this holiday season I thought it most appropriate to share one that isn’t readily seen. It came in on a beautiful antique iron bed I’d bought back in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. It’s…

Iron Bunk Beds

You rarely ever come across  antique iron beds that were used as a bunk beds in the 1800’s. Iron beds were at their zenith back in the 1800’s. The military found them to be the most practical form of bed  for large groups of service people. They were easily assembled and disassembled. The iron bunk…

Christmas & Beds

Having been in the bed business for over forty years. It never ceases to amaze me the buying trends we go in and out of each year. Traditionally, iron beds are not big sellers at the holidays. My sales would usually start kicking in the first couple of weeks in January. People get through the…

Victorian Iron Beds

Victorian iron beds were a place of rest and relaxation. For the Victorian Era, they were a place of romance and style. The Victorians were well known for their romantic gestures, including love letters, poems and embellished cards. A shadowbox can highlight a lace paper background and the rich embellishments of a card such as…

Determining Gender by Refinishing

The popular opinion about an iron beds adaptability and gender usually is thought to be determined by the beautiful curves or feminine design. Although that can certainly catch the eye and help you feel a bed will look better in a feminine room as oppose to a bachelors pad. It’s certainly not the only thing…

New York Interior Design

Well if it is , it will probably surprise you to know that New York City, in particular , has been the largest and most popular market for my iron beds for over 30 years. I’ve been selling beds for over 40 years. But only got into shipping them within the past 30 years. Over…

Sleeping Porches

How many of you are old enough to remember Grandmas sleeping porch and the old antique iron beds she had on them? Well if you get into certain areas of the east, you’ll still see iron beds that haven’t moved an inch off those porches in the past 150 years. Sleeping porches provided a couple…

Iron Beds White on White

As I’ve mentioned in the past, a large group of people have always had a preconceived idea that iron beds are, were and should be,  white.  Well that couldn’t be farther from the truth. When they were being produced back in the 1800’s, the small independent foundries that were producing them had a wider array…