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Antique Beds

Antique beds make a dramatic statement in modern homes. From luxurious Louis XVI designs to classic iron beds, this furniture features artisan craftsmanship that is virtually non-existent in the 21st century.

Most antique beds available today were built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They are crafted from hardwoods such as burl walnut, oak, and cherry, and often feature tall headboards with ornate carving and woodworking.

Tester beds, which included a solid panel above the bed held by four tall posts, accommodated curtains and elaborate fabric drapes that were common in the 18th and 19th centuries. Until the 19th century, most beds were located in the parlor, so drapes were used to add privacy and warmth. Homeowners often hired decorators to design the bed dressings that expressed their social status.

Wooden beds were first manufactured in the late 19th century, leading to fewer intricate details. Iron and brass beds also became popular during this time. Iron workers casted each bed individually, polished the castings and then hand-applied the finish.


Quick Facts

  • The production of iron beds stopped during World War I so that the iron could be redirected toward the war effort
  • Renaissance beds feature holes in the frame to hold ropes that made up the bed’s platform
  • The Great Bed of Ware, built in 1580 and housed today in the Victoria and Albert Museum, could easily sleep 15 people

Recommended Items at Auction

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Beds
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Beds
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Antique German Iron "Kinderbett" (Child’s Bed) C.1820
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Antique German Iron "Kinderbett" (Child’s Bed) C.1820
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
MOBILE
Dec 06, 10:00 AM CET
MOBILE
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €300- €350
€3000 Bids
Canopy Bed
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Canopy Bed
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Pinzgauer Bett
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
Pinzgauer Bett
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
A North-European white-painted and parcel-gilt single bed
Dec 15, 8:00 PM CET
A North-European white-painted and parcel-gilt single bed
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€2,0000 Bids
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Antique Tall oak bed
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Antique Tall oak bed
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Furniture : sleigh bed Charles X in rosewood marquetry 1st half of 19th C
Dec 11, 1:30 PM CET
Furniture : sleigh bed Charles X in rosewood marquetry 1st half of 19th C
by Monsantic.com
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
Victorian Carved Walnut Bedstead
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Victorian Carved Walnut Bedstead
by Nye & Company
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
Bed, 2nd half of the 17th century
Dec 14, 9:00 PM WET
Bed, 2nd half of the 17th century
by Tagus Art Auctioneers
Est: €300- €450
€3000 Bids
Daybed
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Daybed
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
An American Sheraton Cherry and Maple Bed
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
An American Sheraton Cherry and Maple Bed
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1000 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Dec 07, 10:00 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Dec 07, 10:00 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids
A George III style mahogany four-poster bed, late 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III style mahogany four-poster bed, late 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £2,000- £4,000
£1,6000 Bids
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AMERICAN BOBBIN-TURNED CHERRY CHILD'S BED, 19TH C.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
AMERICAN BOBBIN-TURNED CHERRY CHILD'S BED, 19TH C.
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
A 19th c Empire mahogany daybed
Dec 14, 9:00 PM PST
A 19th c Empire mahogany daybed
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $600- $900
$4200 Bids
4pc semi antique depression walnut bed room set
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
4pc semi antique depression walnut bed room set
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
FERDINAND-STYLE HEADBOARD. LATE 19TH CENTURY.
Dec 15, 4:30 PM CET
FERDINAND-STYLE HEADBOARD. LATE 19TH CENTURY.
by Subarna Subastas
Est: €200- €750
€2000 Bids
Antique American Four Poster Bed
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Antique American Four Poster Bed
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
French Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Bed
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
French Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Bed
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$5000 Bids
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Antique oak victorian bed
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Antique oak victorian bed
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $300- $700
$1500 Bids

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