Here’s a sweet little twin size iron beds, I’d originally sold the parents of a young girl over 10 years ago. Just recently it was returned to me and I was asked to convert it to a daybed for the, now grown up, little girl that had grown up in it. She now is using it in her first apartment .
Because this country didn’t make iron daybeds back in the 1800’s like they did in Europe, we have to take existing twin size beds and convert them to daybeds.
This is done by taking the head of a twin size bed and cutting it down to the height of the footboard of that twin bed. When that is done correctly, the once twin size now looks like it was always a daybed with the head and footboard being the same exact height.
Many people think that iron beds that have been converted to daybed need to have a “back” on them. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Back when daybeds were being made, there were no backs on them. Backs are a modern day invention so people can put them in the middle of the room and it can take on a “couch” effect. But if a bed is going to be used as a daybed or a couch, all that needs to be done is to place it lengthwise against a wall and put pillows up against the wall and at the two ends. It then takes on the “couch effect”.
The majority of twin size beds that I sell, get converted to “daybeds”. It’s an excellent and practical way of accommodating people on a couch setting and also accommodating a person for sleeping.
Another point…….most people that antique iron beds from me end up putting “pop-up trundle units” under them. This enables them to accommodate two people with only one bed instead of apair of iron beds along side each other.