Over the years, I’ve had more customers request certain alterations to their iron beds than you can imagine. Most of the time it was to have their beds lowered so a small dog could get into the bed. As you’re probably aware, the rail system on antique iron beds is about 13″ off the ground. Today’s beds that are being made are only 5″……. about an 8″ difference in height.
Although most people, with pet concerns, want their beds lowered. There are a number of requests I get to have their beds raise, specifically to keep small dogs out of their beds.
For those people wanting their beds to have that nice high romantic Victorian height, I’m continually asked if we make or could suggest a place they can get short little step stools for their pets to get up in their bed.
One of the most accommodating pet requests I get is to either eliminate the use of the footboard on their bed or have it lowered below the height of the mattress……..which is where their dogs like to jump up. Lowering the footboard of a bed can get costly because every single veritcal interior rod also needs to be cut and welded back together. Depending on how many interior rods or interior design needs to be altered, you could be looking at $100. and up for this alteration.
I’ve even had clients that had me cut down “youth size” beds and cribs, for their pets. This can obviously get costly. But then Ernest Hemingway once said………“we should be judged, as a society, by the way we treat our animals”.
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