The Beauty of an Antique Iron Bed Frame

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I think I am on my seventh antique iron bed . . . I don’t mean me personally, but my shop rather.  I have stocked and sold six antique iron beds since moving to my larger space this past February, and here is the newest addition to my inventory.

antique iron bed

It’s a basic twin size bed frame, not quite as ornate as some others I have had, but still beautiful.

antique iron bed

antique iron bed

Somewhere along the way the footboard to this bed made its exit, leaving just the base.

antique iron bed

It’s fully functional though, and will be a good fit for someone with a tight space.

I love, love, love antique iron beds. Several companies currently make reproductions of these beds, but I like the originals, chippy paint and all.

They sell really well in my space also, and are fantastic to display.  I’ve learned to buy them whenever I see one for sale at a reasonable price (which for my market is under $100).

I’ve sold white beds,


black beds,


a green bed,


and even a pink bed.


I don’t have space in my own home for one of these beds, but I get to enjoy them vicariously through my customers.  If I had a guest room though, or space enough in my boys’ room for two twin beds, I would use antique iron beds in a heartbeat.



via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Oh, if only!!!

Until I can enjoy one of my own, I guess I will just keep finding them for you all 🙂

The twin size black bed is now for sale at my ACM booth space, $105.


Shannon Gentry

Monday 9th of October 2023

Awesome post! I just bought this beauty and was wondering if you could tell me what’s the best paint to use, spray or brush?

Melanie Alexander

Friday 13th of October 2023

Really you could use either! A spray would probably be easier since you're not painting a flat surface, but it tends to to be messier and use a lot more paint. A brush will be slower work, but you will make less mess and waste less paint!

Terry oliveti

Saturday 1st of August 2015

I have a black and brass cast iron full bed will wheels on one rail its stamp l w o from what I can see and on the other it has Thomas greaves house ... Sr or sp..... I've been doing some research and was wondering what you think


Monday 29th of September 2014

You're right, that's the best way to enjoy so many lovely pieces! The pink one really catches my eye. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.


Monday 29th of September 2014

Thanks Tamara. I liked the pink one a lot too. It had some neat turquoise paint under the chippy pink too.

Mitzi Curi

Monday 29th of September 2014

Your black iron bed was a cool find! Thanks for sharing it with us at Make It Monday!


Monday 29th of September 2014

Thank you Mitzi! I appreciate you hosting the party.

Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Monday 29th of September 2014

I agree, iron beds are so pretty and such a great reminder of yesteryear. I really like them in the black paint.


Monday 29th of September 2014

Agreed Dawn. The black paint gives them a neat, industrial look that I think makes them suitable for a more masculine space--most of the other colors look pretty feminine.

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