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Vintage and Antique Beds For Sale

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A famous proverb says “if you only buy two things in life buy a good bed and a good pair of shoes. If you are not in one you will be in the other”. When it comes to sleeping nothing compares to antique and vintage beds. Not only do they offer the charm and appeal of years of loving use and beautiful timeless designs, but as one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home they were made of a lasting quality rarely seen today. Indeed, in the Middle Ages the bed was such an important status symbol that the King would regularly see guests while sitting in his bed chamber.

 

From Four Poster Beds or Brass Beds to French Lit en Bateau or Baby Cribs, there are plenty of antique bed designs to choose from. Although we are used to very standardized sizes today this was not always the case in the past. Most will conform to regular mattress sizes such as King Sized, Queen Sized or Double (or can be easily adapted to fit), but sometimes an antique bed can also be the perfect thing to fit those unusual spaces as well. Alongside regular beds for night-time sleeping are Sofa Beds, Day Beds and Chaise Longues intended for quick naps or just slumbering. Half Sofa and half bed these variations have been around since Classical times and offer just another way to relax around the home. As these items were far more numerous in the past you will always find a far better selection from antique and vintage examples than modern ones. 


At LoveAntiques you will find a great selection of Antique and Vintage beds for all your resting needs.

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Victorian Folding Wrought Iron Bed

£ 800

€935
$1,006
Victorian Folding Wrought Iron Bed

Victorian Folding Wrought Iron Bed

£ 800

€935
$1006

Elmgarden

A Very Lovely, Double-Drop Arm, French Leather Banquette Circa 1930s

£ 1,675

€1,957
$2,107
A Very Lovely, Double-Drop Arm, French Leather Banquette Circa 1930s

A Very Lovely, Double-Drop Arm, French Leather Banquette Circa 1930s

£ 1,675

€1957
$2107

The Club Chair Studio @ Matt Black Interiors

Carved Mahogany French King Size Bed

£ 2,495

€2,915
$3,138
Carved Mahogany French King Size Bed

Carved Mahogany French King Size Bed

£ 2,495

€2915
$3138

The Vintage Interiors

Unique & Attractive Victorian King Size Bed

£ 1,850

€2,161
$2,327
Unique & Attractive Victorian King Size Bed

Unique & Attractive Victorian King Size Bed

£ 1,850

€2161
$2327

Bedsteads

Victorian Painted Pine Canopy Top Cradle

£ 350

€409
$440
Victorian Painted Pine Canopy Top Cradle

Victorian Painted Pine Canopy Top Cradle

£ 350

€409
$440

Debenham Antiques Ltd

Superb Victorian Chaise Longue or Day Bed

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Superb Victorian Chaise Longue or Day Bed

Superb Victorian Chaise Longue or Day Bed

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Elmgarden

Strikingly Handsome Victorian King Size Bed

£ 2,250

€2,628
$2,830
Strikingly Handsome Victorian King Size Bed

Strikingly Handsome Victorian King Size Bed

£ 2,250

€2628
$2830

Bedsteads

French 1920s Leather Daybed

£ 1,850

€2,161
$2,327
French 1920s Leather Daybed

French 1920s Leather Daybed

£ 1,850

€2161
$2327

B Southgate

Edwardian Heals Oak Single Bed

Antique Furniture Direct

Edwardian Heals Oak Single Bed

£ 495

€578
$623
Edwardian Heals Oak Single Bed

Edwardian Heals Oak Single Bed

£ 495

€578
$623

Antique Furniture Direct

Pleasingly Shaped Portuguese King Size Bed

£ 1,395

€1,630
$1,755
Pleasingly Shaped Portuguese King Size Bed

Pleasingly Shaped Portuguese King Size Bed

£ 1,395

€1630
$1755

Bedsteads

Unique & Attractive Victorian King Size Bed

£ 1,750

€2,044
$2,201
Unique & Attractive Victorian King Size Bed

Unique & Attractive Victorian King Size Bed

£ 1,750

€2044
$2201

Bedsteads

19th Century French Painted Bed

Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

19th Century French Painted Bed

£ 3,800

€4,439
$4,780
19th Century French Painted Bed

19th Century French Painted Bed

£ 3,800

€4439
$4780

Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

Antique Pine Sleigh Bed

Pinefinders Old Pine Furniture Warehouse

Antique Pine Sleigh Bed

£ 360

€421
$453
Antique Pine Sleigh Bed

Antique Pine Sleigh Bed

£ 360

€421
$453

Pinefinders Old Pine Furniture Warehouse

Antique Welsh Carved Bed

Penderyn Antiques

Antique Welsh Carved Bed

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Antique Welsh Carved Bed

Antique Welsh Carved Bed

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Penderyn Antiques

Amazing Antique French Single Bed

£ 269

€314
$338
Amazing Antique French Single Bed

Amazing Antique French Single Bed

£ 269

€314
$338

Vintage World

Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 399

€466
$502
Vintage French Oak Double Bed

Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 399

€466
$502

Vintage World

Amazing Rare Carved French Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464
Amazing Rare Carved French Double Bed

Amazing Rare Carved French Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464

Vintage World

French Shabby Chic Double Bed

£ 399

€466
$502
French Shabby Chic Double Bed

French Shabby Chic Double Bed

£ 399

€466
$502

Vintage World

Satinbirch Half-tester Bed

Matthew Coles Antiques

Satinbirch Half-tester Bed

£ 600

€701
$755
Satinbirch Half-tester Bed

Satinbirch Half-tester Bed

£ 600

€701
$755

Matthew Coles Antiques

Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464
Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

Amazing Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464

Vintage World

Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464
Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

Amazing Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464

Vintage World

Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464
Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

Amazing Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464

Vintage World

Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464
Amazing  Vintage French Oak Double Bed

Amazing Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464

Vintage World

Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464
Vintage French Oak Double Bed

Vintage French Oak Double Bed

£ 369

€431
$464

Vintage World

Highly Decorative King Size Persian Rug Bedhead

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Highly Decorative King Size Persian Rug Bedhead

£ 795

€929
$1,000
Highly Decorative King Size Persian Rug Bedhead

Highly Decorative King Size Persian Rug Bedhead

£ 795

€929
$1000

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Antique and Vintage Bed FAQ’s 


Are antique beds valuable?


Beds have always been one of the most prized and used items in any home. Antique and Vintage examples were usually very well constructed and thus expensive to purchase. Today these old beds remain just as desirable and useful as ever. Like any item they can be quite valuable costing many thousands of pounds for larger sized quality examples such as four poster or half tester beds, but you can also pick up great examples from al sizes at a fraction of that cost also.    


What is a half-tester bed?


Traditional four poster beds or canopy beds were originally called ‘tester’ beds as derived from the Latin word ‘testa’ meaning ‘head’. Over time the fashion and need for fully enclosed beds changed with a desire for more open airy beds instead. Often the two tall bed posts by the head were retained with a small pediment above and purely decorative drapes to create a visually elegant look. This form of bed with only two tall posts and small pediment are called ‘half-tester’ beds.   


What are common antique bed sizes?


Although people have always slept on different sized beds from small to very large, popular terms such as Queen, King and Empire did not become universally recognised until the middle of the 20th Century. Instead, most antique beds were created in very similar proportions to our modern terms such as single, double and larger, but were not all exactly the same to the millimetre. Indeed, it was the invention of uniform sprung mattresses in the mid 19th Century which made a universally recognised scale useful. Today, most antique beds can either accept modern mattresses directly or bases can easily be made to fit.


What is a French Style Bed?


Naturally a French Bed will relate to those beds made originally in France, but it is also a term to describe certain classic styles of bed originally made popular in France. These include the very traditional ‘Lit Bateau‘ with tall or Sleigh style ends and box sides, as well as elegant 18th and 19th Century designs with head and footboards finished in a variety of materials including cane work, upholstery and carved from Walnut or Oak. These French designs remain extremely popular today.