What little girl hasn’t looked at her parents one day and said I want a “Princess” bed. Well being a parent I knew exactly what she meant. She meant a iron canopy bed. A remark like this usually came after seeing a Disney movie with a princess and her castle bedroom.
Little girls have always surprisingly identified with iron beds. Probably because of the white feminine designs. But that’s usually every ones preconceived idea of an iron bed.
In this photo we took a thin gauge iron bed and made it considerably more impressive and stately with the addition of a canopy. Iron beds had a number of different style canopy tops. There was the traditional straight box like canopy. There was a “Crown iron bed canopy that has curved rods coming from all four corner and meeting at a central hoop in the middle. The there is the Princess iron bed canopy. This iron bed canopy also has curved rods that meet in the middle more like a Tepee. This has more of a storybook princess effect to it and one that I’ve never seen a little girl not fall in love with.
It was odd that we didn’t make canopy iron beds back in the 1800’s. They were only making them in Europe. The iron beds that were being made over here were simply head boards and foot boards. Not canopy tops.
Interior designers today have me converting a third of all the beds they get from me to canopy.
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