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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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ELDRED WHEELER MAPLE KING SIZE TESTER BED
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
ELDRED WHEELER MAPLE KING SIZE TESTER BED
by CRN Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$5503 Bids
PICASSO ATTR The Aubade w Guitarist Linoleum PRT
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
PICASSO ATTR The Aubade w Guitarist Linoleum PRT
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $300
$11 Bid
Three John Deacons magnum paperweights,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
Three John Deacons magnum paperweights,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £300
£2001 Bid
ANTIQUE SWEDISH PINE ROCKING BASSINET CRADLE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
ANTIQUE SWEDISH PINE ROCKING BASSINET CRADLE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$801 Bid
Letto a colonne in mogano. XIX secolo
Oct 20, 2:30 PM CEST
Letto a colonne in mogano. XIX secolo
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0001 Bid
Child's Wooden Cradle
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Child's Wooden Cradle
by Willow Auction House
Est: $80- $100
$400 Bids
A carved walnut day bed
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A carved walnut day bed
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£3000 Bids
A William IV mahogany chaise longue or day bed
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A William IV mahogany chaise longue or day bed
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £500- £800
£4500 Bids
LETTO DA CAMPO DEL DUCA DI GENOVA - DUKE OF GENOVA CAMP BED
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
LETTO DA CAMPO DEL DUCA DI GENOVA - DUKE OF GENOVA CAMP BED
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€3,0000 Bids
COPPIA DI TESTATE DI LETTO XIX SECOLO - PAIR OF BED HEADS 19TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
COPPIA DI TESTATE DI LETTO XIX SECOLO - PAIR OF BED HEADS 19TH CENTURY
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€1,5000 Bids
Ht: 20.5" Width: 78.75" Depth: 36.5"
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
Ht: 20.5" Width: 78.75" Depth: 36.5"
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$8000 Bids
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New Orleans Market Mahogany Tester Bed
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
New Orleans Market Mahogany Tester Bed
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
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Creole Cherrywood High-Post Bed in the Federal Manner
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Creole Cherrywood High-Post Bed in the Federal Manner
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,8000 Bids
Abstract Painting by Susan Marx
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Abstract Painting by Susan Marx
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
Abstract Painting by Susan Marx
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Abstract Painting by Susan Marx
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
Abstract Painting by Susan Marx
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Abstract Painting by Susan Marx
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY BED
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY BED
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
Doctors Lady, China, end of th
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
Doctors Lady, China, end of th
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY OAK CRADLE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY OAK CRADLE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
19TH C. FRENCH EMPIRE MAHOGANY & BRONZE DAYBED
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. FRENCH EMPIRE MAHOGANY & BRONZE DAYBED
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $700- $900
$7000 Bids
AN UNUSUAL GILT CARVED LOUIS XV FRENCH BED
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
AN UNUSUAL GILT CARVED LOUIS XV FRENCH BED
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$5500 Bids
A 19TH C. FRENCH EMPIRE SWAN CARVED DAYBED
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A 19TH C. FRENCH EMPIRE SWAN CARVED DAYBED
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Beds


New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

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Kamelot Auctions

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Aste Bolaffi

Aste Bolaffi