Buyer’s Guide for Antique Beds
The bedroom should serve a personal retreat and thus, its interior should look effortless while also showing your character and personality. On the other hand, before you quickly make a decision to buy a new bed, it is actually recommended if you’d pause for a little while and ask questions such as what kind of personality you wish your bedroom to have, what is it you’re looking for, do you like your bed to have a minimalist design or full of character?
If you want a bed that is simple yet oozing with style and personality, then you’ll love having antique beds in your room. To ensure that you are making only the right purchase, then be sure to read the points below.
Tip number 1. Fitting – you can actually learn a lot of things about the bed’s origin, age and so forth by simply looking at the fittings and the rails; thus when buying such bed, the first thing to look for is how it fits together.
A sign that the bed is circa 1900 and up is if you notice the L-shaped rails to be screwed into a T-shaped hitch. On the other hand, the L-shaped rails dropped into a C-shaped hitch is a sign that the bed is from 19th century or bit after. Antique beds that come with wooden rails with bolts as well are a sign that they originate from Europe.
Tip number 2. Check the sizes – one thing that you should not forget is to measure the space where the mattress will be fitted to the bed. There are so many nonstandard size beds that call for a special mattress size. Of course, you must factor the additional cost for mattress if you prefer a non standard bed size.
Tip number 3. Assess its condition – much like with any antique items, the condition is what matters most. Ideally, you want a bed with a good finish, one that has original paint patina to the wood or perhaps, one that is refinished while following high standards. Of course, we can’t deny the fact that the bed ought to be sturdy and solid at the same time.
Tip number 4. Alteration – in most cases, the bed will be cut down so being a buyer as you are, it’s your responsibility to check for whatever signs of it above the feet. You are going to find holes that are filled in by screws to which the legs are sawn down and hitches are moved up. In reality, this makes the bed more practical when it comes to size but expect the value to be affected. You can take advantage of this as well to bargain with the price of the antique bed.