One of the first things that comes to mind when you picture a iron bed in the tropics is mosquito netting and an antique canopy bed. Probably because the were light and airy and with a canopy framework, great for draping curtains or netting over. Because of the abundance of flying insects, throughout the tropics, canopy beds with mosquito netting more than just an attractive design statement…… it was a necessity.
Because these beds were so easily transportable, they were the favored bed of choice throughout the islands. Wood was never that popular and upholstered was way to formal for the laid-back setting. Metal beds also could be painted any pastel or white the owner wanted. You’d rarely ever see iron beds painted or refinished in a stoic Victorian Black.
One of the other things that made these beds popular throughout the tropics were the wood eating insects that prayed upon wooden furniture. Plus ….rodents found it more difficult to climb a bare slick painted iron pole than that of a wooden frame.
Another thing you’ll find throughout the tropics, especially at your higher end resorts, are metal beds being used in water settings……either in pools or on the beach. Antique iron beds definitely seemed to have found their niche in the tropics.
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