It’s a funny thing, but back in the 1800’s the people that were producing iron beds in this country didn’t make canopies. That was something only coming out of Europe. The British were big into canopies as were the French and Spanish. But for some unknown reason, all our beds were conventional head and footboard.
I’m putting a few photo’s of how diverse a bed can look once converted to canopy. I’ve converted the straightest beds you can imagine and the fanciest you can imagine. …….. and they all looked great……..as long as they’re done properly with care. It’s imperative the foundry pour the appropriate casting and the side canopy pole that is added be made to look like the side post is one continuous pole from the ground to the top.
One of the perks of converting antique iron beds to canopy is the rigidity factor. By connecting the side poles with canopy rods at the top, you solidify whatever possible flex or sway a thinner gauge bed might have. If you put a “Crown Canopy” top on it, you’ll even create a more solid frame. I’ve taken the flimsiest metal beds you can imagine and created a rock solid frame by converting them to canopies.
Here are few of the more unique canopy beds, I’ve done.