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ABOVE (click on gallery image to view larger picture): The luxurious, hand-forged Tree of Life four-poster iron bed, from And So To Bed, brings an element of forest fantasy to the bedroom, with a contemporary silver patina finish, from £1,375.
Elegant, romantic and harking back to an era of nightcaps and candlesticks, a metal bedstead is an investment buy that will ensure you’ll sleep soundly for years to come. Choose from strudy brass beds or ornate designs.
There is no type of bed so reassuringly sturdy and likely to create wow factor as one with a metal frame, and from elegant, curvy models popular in the Victorian era, to ornate, intricately cast designs, there’s a huge variety on offer.
For a large boudoir, high head and foot boards will add to the grandeur – but do opt for a king-size model, which measures 5ft , to ensure there’s plenty of space for a comfortable night’s sleep. Smaller bedrooms are best complemented by a metal frame with a low end which will not encroach on the space. To create the ultimate focal point, opt for a four-poster bed frame with ornately cast posts; this type of bed can often be dressed with fabrics to soften the look.
A reclaimed metal bed will add instant period charm, but bear in mind the fact that some antique models will be a non-standard size, meaning you’ll have to factor in the cost of having a bespoke mattress made.
1 The Bronte Victorian-style double bedstead from 1907 Beds has antique brass finials and is available in black and cream, from £200.
2 Original Bedstead Company’s Arigna iron bedstead is a beautiful design with curves in all the right places, available in ivory and satin black, from £549 for the bedstead and from £359 for a headboard.
3 The Rosie brass finish double bedstead, £869, Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company, would be perfectly suited to a country-style bedroom.
4 The Florence bed frame, £645, from Loaf, mixes antique styling with a white finish for a clean look.
5 Laura Ashley’s new Hasting Ivory brass bed is a classic design, which costs £800 for a double bed frame.
6 The handmade Bedknobs brass bed from Heal’s is based upon the Victorian assembly method, with hand-cast knuckle joints that enable the bed to be assembled without bolts, from £2,495.
7 Dreams’ Glacier metal bedstead, in a brushed steel finish, is fit for a princess; the poles have a teardrop design with a reflective finish. Only available in king size, it costs £1,999.
8 Feather & Black’s Highgrove bed is a strong, powder-coated iron design without any fuss; it costs from £699.
All prices and stockists correct at time of publishing