Canopy, Jenny Lind, cast iron beds and canopy all evoke images of beds throughout history. Romans invented the first vintage bed frames. Since then, the bed frames have been craft and simple, construct from wood and metal, and mattresses fill with leaves, down, grass and straw. The beds have been handmade by individuals, design and build for royalty and mass produce in factories. Your age, construction, design or manufacturer could inspire a collector of old beds. The collection of old, antique beds connects the collectors to the history of furniture, interior design, and comfort.
Decide what type of old, antique or period beds to pick. Pickup creates categories. Bed picks up categories could be antique cast iron vintage bed frames, Vermont beds, oak beds or mid 19th-century beds. An alternative would be to collect beds made by a single company. For example, the Charles P. Limbert Accompaniment outside the Netherlands, Mich. Crafts and handicraft furniture, is including beds, from 1906 to 1922. Educate about the types of beds you intend to pick up. Read about the history of furniture to learn about popular styles and decorations for different periods of time. Builders of the fifteenth century made the first four-poster beds.
In the early 1800’s, cast iron beds were first to make. Jenny Lind beds, with pommel decor turned, became popular in the 19th century. Locate places to purchase your old beds. Old, antique and vintage bed frames ideas can be found at auctions, real estate sales, and antique stores and online. Beds found at auctions may be less expensive than those found at an antique store. However, they may require more work to clean and polish. It is quite common for buying antiques online, but the size of the beds can involve high shipping costs. Evaluate the condition of all beds prior to purchase. Look at the finish of the wood.
Is it original, or has the finish been renewing? Examine each piece of wood to see if the whole match or are a combination of two or more beds put together to create a bed. Check legs and feet for damage and repairs. Antiques are suppose to show signs of wear. However, you want to be an understanding of the degree of wear and tear before buying the piece. Create a system to keep information about your old, old beds. If you intend to sell or display your style vintage bed frames collection, you want to keep all the paperwork for each bed. Receipts, letters and other data must be store in a safe place. Preserving your old bed collection. Clean and wax the beds to maintain their value and beauty.