~ old and forgotten rusty bed ~



When you’re a rustic freak and you come across a positively gorgeous vintage cast iron, perhaps austere, French curve style bed like this you gotta have it.  While I know nothing of its past I know its rustic patina gives it charm and character now.


And so it was that one of today’s projects, Saturday, was setting up this old double/full bed frame.  This shabby wrought iron piece is going in the tiny little guest room at the eastern end of the house, known as The Tiny Room. It’ll fit nicely with room for a little table each side and a small chest or cupboard and wardrobe at the end.




NGE made the wood slatted base as he usually does for our old iron beds. We don’t have a new bed in the house because all are vintage iron beds. I love old iron beds. We have a queen in the main bedroom, a double in each of two guest rooms and two singles in another  guest room.






Chippy, rusty. You can see the ornate motifs on the castings (at foot end here) are made of something other than iron (Fe) and attached to the cast iron casting behind it. Is the motif made of Nickel? Zinc? Tin? Pewter?




The bed came just as you see it. Not a part missing other than the iron castors. Until I find old castors that fit, it will sit in those little plastic floor cups we put under chairs and cupboard legs to prevent slipping.



The wood slat base sits firmly within the two iron side bars each bar with two lugs on the outer edge.


Early Iron Beds from Cathouse




Few shots of the bed corners where the side bars slot into the moulding at head and foot end.  You can see the legs do not have castors.












I simply can’t restore these old cast iron bed frames.  Maybe somebody else will one day when I am no longer their owner. While I’ve got them they stay just as I found them – rusty and rustic with gorgeous patina, a work of art ‘as is’.

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