We have a wide range of antique beds and bed frames, ranging from the 1700s through to the 1920s. Whether you’re looking for a particular style or era, we probably either already stock it, or can source it for you.
Antique beds vary in style, design and material, depending on the era in which it has been built. There’s distinctive four posters and brass beds to delicate styles from France and Spain.
Early antique beds were considered status symbols and were often the centrepiece, not only of a room but also a home. An antique bed brings a charm and style that modern pieces can’t compare with.
We have a number of antique beds for sale and if you’re looking for something specific, we can try to source it for you. Beds that we frequently supply are:
- Antique Canopy Beds
- Antique Victorian Beds
- Antique Brass Beds
- Antique Pine Beds
- Antique Oak Beds
- Antique Upholstered Beds
- Art Deco Beds
Choose the type of antique bed to suit you
Furniture makers follow the fashion at the time and therefore antique beds change in style according to the era in which they were made. The choice of bed is very much down to personal choice and the look that you are aiming to achieve within your home.
Some of the most popular types of antique bed include:
Antique Brass Beds
Brass beds appeared in the UK in the early 1800 and were well loved by the Victorians. The design of brass beds hasn’t changed a great deal since then, with curves, scrolls and florals decorating the frame, particularly at the headboard and footboard. Antique Victorian beds are relatively easy to come across and reasonably priced. There are also Edwardian brass beds, which are recognisable by having softer, more elegant lines and a feminine shape.
Antique French Beds
There are a number of types of French antique beds that often come up for sale. The most expensive and elaborate example is the boat-style ‘Lit-en-bateau’ which was made in the 19th century. The most ornate versions of this style can reach £10,000 or more, but there are much more reasonably priced versions which usually plainer in style. Antique French beds made in the Louis XV and XVI style are relatively attainable, especially ones made by furniture makers such as Francois Linke. If you’re looking for a feminine design, 18th century rococo French antique beds bring a beautiful elegance to a bedroom.
Antique Four Poster Beds and Antique Canopy Beds
Canopy beds have been in the China since as early as the 4th century and were introduced to the UK in the 13th century. They provided the ability to completely enclose a bed, either for warmth or privacy, as most noble families slept in the same room as their servants. These beds were originally very plain and understated but became more ornate over the years. During the Renaissance, headboards and posts were carved and the canopy fabric was commonly velvet or heavy brocade. It was common for the canopy to cost more than the wooden bed frame.
Concerns over hygiene lead to bedrooms being furnished more simply during the 1800s and canopy beds became unpopular. However, they received a revival by the end of the century and had a popularity that lasted to the 1940s.
Four poster beds were introduced into the UK in the 15th century and quickly became a status symbol. Many early versions are extremely ornate, made from oak and of a size that far exceeds the modern super king size. Antique four poster beds can be a beautiful addition to a bedroom, adding height and a dramatic effect.
Other Bedroom Furniture
If you’re looking for other furniture to compliment your antique bed, we can help. We have items such as antique bedside tables and antique bedside lamps available, or if you’re looking for something specific please contact us and we’ll try to source it.
You deal direct with us, the dealer, so there are not additional commissions on top of the price displayed. The only additional price may be shipping, but we will discuss and agree this prior to purchase.
Unlike online marketplaces, all items listed on our online antique store have been through our own workshops for rigorous checks. If required. They are also restored by our own cabinet makers. All wooden pieces are hand polished by our master French polisher with over 30 years’ experience. You can rest assured that your purchase will be a genuine item that has been lovingly cared for.
We want to make the process of antique buying as easy and simple as possible for our clients. We support you every step of the way, advising on the right pieces, arranging delivery and providing any necessary aftercare.