Why is it more and more decorators are suggesting iron beds to their clients. There are a couple of reasons people, unfamiliar with antique collectibles , might not be aware of the advantages they have over conventional wooden or upholstered headboards. My largest market for antique beds, and it has been for the past 20 years, is Manhattan, NY. Why…..Well ask any decorator or interior designer worth their salt and they’ll tell you metal beds are able to give you the WOW factor without taking up the visual space that a wooden or an upholstered headboard does. They are light and airy, allowing your vision to go through them and sometimes even use a widow wall you’d otherwise have not considered as a wall to put a headboard on. They take up the same amount of space that other beds do. But visually they don’t.
The second thing you’ll be happier with when getting one, as appose to a new wooden or upholstered bed is the appreciable value. They will, as is the case with any antique, continue to go up and up and up in value. It’s simple “supply and demand”economics. There are only a finite amount of original old antique beds that were made back in the 1800’s. As time goes on and those finite supplies continue to deplete themselves, there will be fewer and fewer to satisfy the growing demand…….thus driving the price for those few that are left up. That’s the problem with reproductions…..no matter how well they’re made, they’re being mass produced. So they will only ever be worth a fraction of what you pay for them by the time you get them home and set up. Here’s a rule of thumb to follow when it comes to originals vs. reproductions…….any time you see an abundance of new or reproductions of any antique, it’s because there aren’t enough originals to satisfy the demand. So do yourself a favor……. we all work hard for our money. Why waste it on something that you’ll never be able to get your money out of if your taste changes. You might have to set on it for a year for the appreciable value to come up and cover the mark up from the dealer. But then how long do you think you have to set on a newly made iron bed or any reproduction before you can get your money out of it……NEVER…….This isn’t “rocket science”. Hope this helps stir you in the right direction.
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