Here is a “king conversion” we did for one of the more successful feature film producers in the business. We started with an original antique iron & brass bed frame in its original full/double size. As you may already know, the double/full size was the largest size iron and brass bed being made back in the 1800’s. It wasn’t until the mid-1940’s, that larger queen and king size mattresses were offered to the public.
So to accommodate todays king and queen size customers, with original old antique iron and brass beds, we have to cut, weld and piece additional tubing and rods to achieve the additional width. It’s also necessary to pour additional castings (in old moulds) in a foundry, for a uniform look. Regrettably no one is pouring cast iron these days because of the prohibitive cost. All the modern manufacturers, making beds today are pouring their castings in aluminum…….which melts at a much lower temperature and costs fare less. Original cast iron beds are far heavier because of the pure cast iron castings that were created to bind the rods and tubing together. Unfortunately pouring cast iron into sand-cast moulds has become a lost art………primarily because of its cost.
Hope this blog has been informative. If you’d like to see what we can offer at Cathouse Beds, please check out our website at: www.cathousebeds.com