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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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Thos. Moser walnut American Bungalow bed.
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Thos. Moser walnut American Bungalow bed.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Stickley mission oak Harvey Ellis Design king size bed
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Stickley mission oak Harvey Ellis Design king size bed
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
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Ethan Allen king mattress & box spring
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Ethan Allen king mattress & box spring
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Federal Style Creme Peinte Four Post Bed, 20th c., H.- 68 1/4 in., Int. W- 55 in., Int. L.- 76 in.
Jun 14, 10:00 AM CDT
Federal Style Creme Peinte Four Post Bed, 20th c., H.- 68 1/4 in., Int. W- 55 in., Int. L.- 76 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Roycroft, Paneled twin-sized bed frames, model 0106 from the Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, pair
Jun 04, 11:00 AM CDT
Roycroft, Paneled twin-sized bed frames, model 0106 from the Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, pair
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
Roycroft, Full-sized bed frame, model 0106
Jun 04, 11:00 AM CDT
Roycroft, Full-sized bed frame, model 0106
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7000 Bids
Maitland Smith rattan California King sleigh bed
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Maitland Smith rattan California King sleigh bed
by King Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$8000 Bids
Vermont Furn slatted arts & crafts queen size bed
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Vermont Furn slatted arts & crafts queen size bed
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
CARIBBEAN COLONIAL MAHOGANY QUEEN POSTER BED
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
CARIBBEAN COLONIAL MAHOGANY QUEEN POSTER BED
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $800- $1,600
$4000 Bids
Mahogany Raised Panel King Size Sleigh Bedstead
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Mahogany Raised Panel King Size Sleigh Bedstead
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Mid Century Chrome MILO BAUGHMAN Style Bed Frame
Jun 16, 10:00 AM CDT
Mid Century Chrome MILO BAUGHMAN Style Bed Frame
by Rivich Auction
Est: $200- $10,000
$1000 Bids
Mid Century Chrome MILO BAUGHMAN Style Bed Frame
Jun 16, 10:00 AM CDT
Mid Century Chrome MILO BAUGHMAN Style Bed Frame
by Rivich Auction
Est: $200- $10,000
$1000 Bids
L. & J.G. Stickley, Daybed, model 295
Jun 04, 11:00 AM CDT
L. & J.G. Stickley, Daybed, model 295
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $600- $800
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Beds


Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

Rivich Auction

Rivich Auction

Quinn's Auction Galleries

Quinn's Auction Galleries