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American Beds

American beds are part of the rich history of U.S. furniture-making. From elaborate beds with hanging textiles to 20th century waterbeds, American beds transform with technology and style to ensure a good night’s sleep.

In colonial times, American beds reflected European style. The incorporation of hardwood like walnut began when the saw tool improved. The Queen Anne style, prized by collectors today, was one of the most popular colonial bed styles. The Chippendale bed, known for its ball and claw posts and Marlborough feet, also reigned during that time.

The Industrial Revolution lowered costs and simplified American bed styles. Mass-produced beds were devoid of the elaborate carvings and decorations of decades past. American bed manufacturers also produced replicas of Colonial beds.

Exquisite craftsmanship existed in the late 19th century in the form of iron American beds. The iron produced in the United States was considered the best in the world, and the beds crafted from it were also prized for their quality. Iron workers cast each bed individually and applied the finish by hand.


Quick Facts

  • The modern waterbed was developed at San Francisco State University in 1968
  • William L. Murphy designed the Murphy bed in 1900 while living in a small San Francisco apartment
  • Elvis Presley’s infamous “hamburger bed,” a round, crushed-velvet piece complete with headboard TV and stereo, sold for $50,000 in 2008 on eBay

Recommended Items at Auction

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Henkel Harris King Size Mahogany Bed Frame
Feb 27, 10:00 AM EST
Henkel Harris King Size Mahogany Bed Frame
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$2258 Bids
FIVE-PIECE MICHAEL AMINI QUEEN BEDROOM SET
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FIVE-PIECE MICHAEL AMINI QUEEN BEDROOM SET
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$3003 Bids
George Nelson, full-size teak headboard
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
George Nelson, full-size teak headboard
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Charles H. Beckley custom upholstered twin platform / day bed. 34"H x 39"W x 75 1/2"D
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Charles H. Beckley custom upholstered twin platform / day bed. 34"H x 39"W x 75 1/2"D
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Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
Edward Wormley, Daybed, model 5716
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Edward Wormley, Daybed, model 5716
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,8000 Bids
Richard Scott Newman, Queen-size bed frame
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Richard Scott Newman, Queen-size bed frame
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Est: $1,500- $2,000
$9000 Bids
KING SIZE PAINT-DECORATED BED.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
KING SIZE PAINT-DECORATED BED.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
Charles Stewart Sheath Round Asian Modern Tufted Ottoman Cocktail Table 43"
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
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Est: $1,000- $1,300
$100 Bids
MCM Heywood Wakefield School Twin Bed Frame, 20th Century
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
MCM Heywood Wakefield School Twin Bed Frame, 20th Century
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$1000 Bids
Vintage Thomasville faux bamboo bedroom set
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Thomasville faux bamboo bedroom set
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Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
DAVID T. SMITH FOUR POSTER BED.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
DAVID T. SMITH FOUR POSTER BED.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Beds


Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd

Amelia Jeffers

Amelia Jeffers

Eldred's

Eldred's