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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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KIPP STEWART FOR DREXEL FULL SIZE BED. AMERICAN MODERN. "DECLARATION" SERIES.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
KIPP STEWART FOR DREXEL FULL SIZE BED. AMERICAN MODERN. "DECLARATION" SERIES.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $150- $200
$1004 Bids
GRANGE MARLY QUEEN WOVEN WICKER QUEEN BED
Dec 06, 4:00 PM EST
GRANGE MARLY QUEEN WOVEN WICKER QUEEN BED
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Federal Style Maple Four Post Bed
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Federal Style Maple Four Post Bed
by Nye & Company
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
DIXIE AMERICAN MODERN TALL CHEST AND BED. WIDTH OF THE BED IS 56.5
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
DIXIE AMERICAN MODERN TALL CHEST AND BED. WIDTH OF THE BED IS 56.5
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $120- $160
$800 Bids
Mid Century Modern Kent Coffey Forum Headboard
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Mid Century Modern Kent Coffey Forum Headboard
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
PAIR OF DAVIS CABINET CO TWIN BEDS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
PAIR OF DAVIS CABINET CO TWIN BEDS
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
WALNUT MID CENTURY MODERN HEADBOARD. AMERICAN MODERN.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
WALNUT MID CENTURY MODERN HEADBOARD. AMERICAN MODERN.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $80- $120
$600 Bids
Paul Evans LANE Brutalist MCM Wood Headboard
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Paul Evans LANE Brutalist MCM Wood Headboard
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $200
$10 Bids
Mason County Kentucky Curly Maple Bed
Dec 17, 12:00 PM EST
Mason County Kentucky Curly Maple Bed
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Headboard
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Headboard
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
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Jeffrey Bigelow Acrylic and Brass Four-Poster King Bed
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Jeffrey Bigelow Acrylic and Brass Four-Poster King Bed
by Doyle New York
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Furniture : bed for 2 persons Ralph Lauren? w/ columns in exotic wood (wear. blow)
Dec 11, 1:30 PM CET
Furniture : bed for 2 persons Ralph Lauren? w/ columns in exotic wood (wear. blow)
by Monsantic.com
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
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George Nelson (American, 1908-1986) Full Size Headboard, Model 4647 from the Pri
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CST
George Nelson (American, 1908-1986) Full Size Headboard, Model 4647 from the Pri
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Antique American Rocking Cradle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Antique American Rocking Cradle
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $130
$500 Bids
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RALPH LAUREN BOND ST. KING LEATHER BED
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
RALPH LAUREN BOND ST. KING LEATHER BED
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
G.F. Riddle North Carolina 1/2 Tester Bed
Dec 17, 12:00 PM EST
G.F. Riddle North Carolina 1/2 Tester Bed
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Henkel Harris solid cherry queen size bed with rails
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
Henkel Harris solid cherry queen size bed with rails
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
Frank Lloyd Wright, Custom daybeds, set of two
Dec 13, 11:00 AM CST
Frank Lloyd Wright, Custom daybeds, set of two
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,6000 Bids
Stanley Young America Collection mahogany full size bed with rails
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
Stanley Young America Collection mahogany full size bed with rails
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Beds


Uniques & Antiques

Uniques & Antiques

Main Auction Galleries

Main Auction Galleries

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

Doyle New York

Doyle New York