The “Princess” Bed

Throughout modern history, stories have been told of the beautiful canopy beds that Princesses have had. They were widely spread by animation companies like the Disney Co., who have practically developed a new “Princess” every few years and then done an animated motion pictures about her. Those movies have had a profound influence on our…

The Art Bed Company bed decal specialists

Throughout the 1800’s the popularity of metal beds would continue to grow until the WWI, when all of the metal produced in this country was needed for the war effort……..bringing to a close the beauty of hand crafted antique iron beds. But during their “hay-day”, foundries and metal bed manufacturers were continually trying to come…

Colors Are the Metal Beds Friend

One of the major draws that metal beds have had throughout history, has been their adaptability into any specific color scheme or decor. Why is that…. and what sets them distinctly apart from other antiques , that are not so flexible in its usage? The first thing is that back in the 1800’s wood furniture…

A Short History of The Mattress

I’m often asked about what type of mattresses were used on  beds back in the 1800’s. After a discussion of feather mattresses……their advantages and disadvantages, the topic invariably turns to what man used before conventional mattresses were used on bed frames. It is thought that during the Crusades, Europeans adopted the Arabic method of sleeping on cushions thrown on the…

Antique Bed Springs vs. Modern Box Springs

For 40 years I have been dealing in antique iron beds. In that period of time, I have never bought or sold an old original spring unit. Is it because they are so rare and difficult to come by? Hardly…..When I started in the business those people wanting to sell me beds, throughout the backwoods…

Art Deco Metal Beds Before Their Time

Although the Art Deco school of design first appeared in France during the 1920s and flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, metal beds  of the early and mid 1800’s, were already displaying Art Deco styling way before they would become popular. It’s difficult to imagine what the designers of iron beds were thinking to…

Custom Finishes from Clients Samples

Nearly all of the custom antique faux’ finishes that we do here at Cathouse Beds, came about as a result of customers, decorators and clients that happen to have something they wanted their antique iron beds “finish”, to blend with. The most common items are material swatches from items like dust ruffles, blankets, pillows or…

Redesigning Original Antique Bed Designs

I’ve always been a bit of a “purist” when it comes to antique iron beds and “reproductions”. There have been a few companies that go above and beyond in their efforts to maintain the exact duplication of the original iron beds they’re copying. This can be difficult for numerous reasons, the least of which are…

What Holds Up My Mattress on My Old Bed is Bed Slats

When iron beds were at their Zenith in the mid 1800’s, many manufacturers were constructing a very rudimentary metal spring unit to hold the feather mattresses of the day. These metal spring units would later be refined and become  known as a “box spring”. Today’s box springs are tightly wrapped iron coils that resemble a metal…

Dust Ruffle or No Dust Ruffle

Dust Ruffle or No Dust Ruffle……That is the question. If you’re looking for authenticity and historic value, then you have to opt out of the dust ruffle. Back in the 1800’s, one of the main reasons people were attracted to iron beds was the elimination of rodents in their beds because the iron side poles…