Iron Beds and Ghost Town Bodie State Park

Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe. As a bustling gold mining center, from 1859 to the begining of the 1900’s, Bodie had the amenities of larger towns, including two banks,…

Iron Beds for Log Cabins

I have quite a few people come to me for iron beds for their log cabin homes. Most of them have a preconceived notion that only Austere and Straight Line  beds will work in the log home surroundings. Although the thought of a scrolled  bed in a log cabin seems a little far fetched. Through…

Wedding Ring Style Iron Bed Conversion

Most people that are considering   iron beds for possible king conversion, feel as though their options will be limited to beds with straight lines……  beds that can simply have a few iron tubes welded in to increase the width. No so. In this photo of an iron bed we converted for a customer, you’ll…

The Youth Size Iron Bed

Throughout the 1800’s, iron beds came in double size (53″ x 75″), twin size (39″ x 75″), 3/4 size (48″ x 75″). What many people don’t realize is that there were Youth Size  beds, between the twin and crib size. Youth size, were only about 31″ wide and sometimes as short n length as 54″. The…

The Indestructibility of Iron Beds

Few things, throughout history, have survived like that of iron beds. They seem to have an indestructible nature to them. Because they are made of one of the strongest and most durable materials known to man, it’s not that unusual to see  beds in “aftermath”  photo’s of natural disasters. I have actually had customers that…

Before & After Iron Bed King Conversion Sketches

As you may already know, the largest size bed being made back in the early 1800’s was a double size. So when someone wants a king size, we convert whatever original double size  they select from our inventory into a king size. That’s done by cutting the bed apart in integral places and adding additional…

The Sleeping Porch and The Iron Bed

Thank you to a customer who was kind enough to share this grand old tradition of sleeping  outside on a screened in porch . Iron beds on porches were not uncommon during the Victorian era. The homes were designed specifically with areas for  beds. Why……because of the hot humid nights during the summer months. There…

French Campaign Bed

French campaign iron beds were portable and used originally, by the French during their on going military campaigns. Up until these collapsible beds were invented, the officers had to sleep on the ground in bed rolls just as the enlisted men did. The soldiers never had the luxury of a bed that elevated them “off”…

Iron Beds and the Reading Nook

Here is a prime example how a little design sense,  iron beds and ingenuity can turn an otherwise wasted space into a peaceful retreat. We all have our idea of how much space is needed to set up a particular size bed. Usually we want walking space around the perimeter of the bed so it…