Buy an Antique Vintage Bed from Love Antiques Today!
Are you looking for a simple style bed, or a more regal style? Take a look at the gallery of photos and find a bed which suits your bedrooms style and size. Use the filter to sort vintage beds for sale according to price (high to low, vice versa), recently added, and sold items for a quicker and more convenient shopping experience. Or, take advantage of the sidebar menu where antique beds for sale are arranged according to popular searches by material, by type, by period, and by origin. Whether you're looking for a daybed, pine beds, or Art Deco beds, Love Antiques has a huge selection of vintage beds to choose from.
Find a Perfect Traditional Period Bed at Love Antiques
Love Antiques provide clients with vintage beds that are beautiful to look at and functional to use. All our vintage beds for sale are well-preserved in their original condition, which guarantees a great investment on your part. When you buy antique beds from Love Antiques, there are several things to remember:
- Limited number means higher value
- Age can influence value and price
- Verified original pieces will always cost more
- Original condition and good quality make the perfect combination
Scarcity is what drives the cost of antique beds for sale. If there are only a few original antique iron beds on the market, expect to pay a higher price. Buy it from Love Antiques and you’ll get the best value for your money. And if you’re going down the investment route, this means increasing your potential profit margins for any future resell.
Antique Beds Shopping Guide
Some of our vintage beds date as far back as the 14th century, with the four-poster bed or tester bed as the main attraction. Often made from solid oak, some beds feature fluted balusters and carved figures. If an antique bed or day bed bears such decorative touches, it will fetch a handsome price, even if it's from the 16th or early 17th centuries. Age or period is just one of the factors to consider when you shop for an antique bed, however. You also need to think about the price, material, type, and which features suit your preferences.
Different Vintage Bed Frames with Many Different Styles and Features
Love Antiques make it easier for you to buy good quality vintage beds by categorising them based on type. Below is a brief overview of the more popular pieces. Antique brass beds debuted in the 1820s in Britain and are characterised by scrolls, curves, and florals on the headboards and footboards. A brass bed can be a Victorian bed or an Edwardian bed, with the latter featuring designs that are softer and more elegant with fluid lines and headboards that are more feminine. Vintage bed frames from the UK gained popularity over the years and are now highly-priced French beds are some of the rarest in the bunch because only a few types are for sale, although there are beds that are more attainable. If you buy antique beds as an investment, you should buy a French bed with a lit-en-bateau (boat bed) style. Louis XV and XVI style French beds are much easier to acquire and are not as expensive. Antique beds made of cast iron used to be easier to collect and are inexpensive. Price has increased, however, what with the scarcity of original antiques. Love Antiques sell antique brass and iron beds at competitive prices. Simply browse through the iron beds for sale for the best selection.
Unique Vintage Beds for Sale Come in Many Different Shapes and Sizes
It’s important to understand that a majority of vintage beds for sale are not built to modern standards. In the early to late 1800s, the largest bed being made was a double or full bed. There's also the twin size and 3/4-size bed, which is between a double and a Twin. King and Queen sizes did not appear until the early 1900s. So expect a few vintage pieces to measure differently than what you’re accustomed to today. There’s a perfectly good explanation for why some antique beds for sale have smaller dimensions. Back in the 1800s, people were much shorter. The issue of warmth is also one reason that iron beds are smaller. This encourages two people to sleep on a single bed and four people on a double bed to stay warm. Love Antiques, however, carries vintage beds in King and Super King sizes, so unique dimensions should not be a problem. Just make sure the bed you buy fits your bedroom with enough room to move around.
High Off the Ground Vintage Beds
Cold drafts are closer to the ground, while warm air circulates closer to the ceiling. This is why an iron bed when fully dressed could be 36 inches or higher to the top of the mattress. Iron beds and a majority of vintage beds may not be as high but there's a connection between the two. It goes back to warmth.
Ready to Buy Antique Beds at Love Antiques?
Now that you know what to look for in antique beds for sale, buying one should be quick and easy. Love Antiques takes the hassle out of the process with our online store that is easy to use and navigate. Look for vintage pieces in good quality. Whether featuring a simple or Art Deco style and a retro bed frame UK buyers love, you’re sure to find the antique bed that you’re looking for.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Give Love Antiques a call at 020 8045 3745 and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with information about cast iron and brass beds, those made of antique pine, and other products on sale.
Antique and Vintage Bed FAQ’s
Why were antique beds so high?
Due to the cold drafts close to the ground, the beds back then were raised higher than what we have today. The higher the bed, the closer to the warmer air collected at the ceiling. The four poster bed, for example, was created to add further warmth. As it had curtains that could be pulled around the bed, the occupant would be able to stay warm. Another reason would be for aesthetics. A taller bed would be more appropriate for the tall rooms with high ceilings that were popular in the past.
Where can I sell my antique bed?
If you have an antique metal bed frame or even one of those antique wooden beds you no longer find use of, selling locally can be a good option, especially if you want to get paid in cash for your item. Approach a local antiques dealer in your area, but make sure you’re dealing with a reputable one. If you want a higher price for your item, you can also find serious buyers online. Google search results should give you a list of online places where you can list your furniture for sale. You will want to drop by online marketplaces, like Love Antiques, a website dedicated to selling antique items from dealers of genuine items, including antique bed frames, from eras like Victorian and Louis XV.
What size are antique beds?
Antique beds were taller, but narrower and shorter than what we have today. Many antique beds had mattresses that were 48 inches wide and 75 inches long, compared to our modern standard of 54 x 75. Most of the beds made in the 1800s were double size. Antique double bed would be 54 inches in width and 75 inches in length. An antique single bed would have widths of 35 inches and lengths of 41 inches. The length of vintage beds was often at 75, but the lengths could vary; you could find some beds a bit shorter. If you’re looking for an antique or vintage single bed, check out the Love Antiques website.
How can you tell how old a bed frame or bedstead is?
Aside from the antique beds UK had being larger than what we have today, you will also notice that the people back then, especially in the Victorian period, mainly used cast iron for bed frames or bedsteads crafted by hand. The beds consisted of a headboard, footboard and side rails. Side rails were connected to the head and footboard. It wasn't until World War I that beds made of aluminum were mass-produced. Design styles that were popular were the Victorian style in the mid-1800s, the Art Nouveau in the late 19th century, and the 1920-1930 Art Deco. Check for impressions, stamps or a trademark that tells you who the manufacturer was and or when the bed was created. It’s worth checking antique stores for similar styles of bed frames. You can check the categories we have at Love Antiques for antique and vintage style beds. Whether you want those wooden or metal antiques or a vintage bed frame fit for your home, rest assured we already have curated for you a great list of the best antique and vintage style bed collections UK has ever seen.