Dust Ruffle vs. “No” Dust Ruffle

There are two “schools ofthought” when it comes to using a dust ruffle on antique iron beds. The first is that the true traditional iron beds of that period didn’t have dust ruffles. The reasoning behind that theory was that a dust ruffle would have negated one of the main reasons for the elevated stature…

Antique Iron Beds for Extreme Home Makeover

Few projects I’ve been involved in, with regards to iron beds, have been as fulfilling as this bed that we did for a very deserving couple on the TV show Extreme Home Makeover. It was just one of many beds we’ve done over the years for the popular TV series.Art Nouveau, Victorian Our original connection…

Beds & Pets

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.…

The Mystique of the Iron Bed

What comes to mind when you hear the word iron bed. It can be as varied as those from the same Rorschach ink blot. Some people, mostly men, believe iron beds are pure femininity…….there’s nothing masculine about them. Other people feel they embody the Victorian romantic era and still others feel they were purely beds…

Iron Beds for 2012 Whats on the Horizon

Every year I set down around this time to take stock in the iron bed market and what’s to be expected in the upcoming year. As is always the case, I make mention of the depleted supply of beds that seem to be showing up. It stands to reason…..there were a finite number that were…

Buying An Antique Iron Bed

One of the first things you should consider if you’re thinking about purchasing an antique iron bed is where you plan on using it. Is this going to be a bed for your master bedroom that gets a lot of daily use. Or is it for a guest bedroom that gets limited use. Maybe a child’s room.…

Styles & Periods of Iron Beds

One of the major things that help our customers focus in on the iron beds they like is familiarizing themselves with the different styles that were available 150  to 200 years ago. In that period of time numerous different Style Classifications came and went and beds seemed to have adapted nicely with all of them.…

The Masculine Canopy Bed

The thought around canopy iron beds is that they are feminine and only for little girls rooms. This couldn’t be farther from reality. Here is an bed I did for a physical trainer, who was about as masculine as they come. He specifically wanted a 2″ diameter  bed that we could convert to king and…

Deco Panel Beds

Although the “art panel” iron beds that were being made back in the early 1800’s, certainly not the Deco period of the 1920’s and 30’s, definitely had a Deco feel to them. Take a look at this photo of a bed that was made in 1820. You would think with these more modern lines like…

Iron Beds for Log Cabins

I have quite a few people come to me for iron beds for their log cabin homes. Most of them have a preconceived notion that only Austere and Straight Line  beds will work in the log home surroundings. Although the thought of a scrolled  bed in a log cabin seems a little far fetched. Through…