Have you inherited an antique bed frame that you’d love to feature somewhere in your home? Antique beds are unique and fun, but they present some interesting challenges when it comes to finding the right mattress and bed frame.

You not only need to match a modern mattress to a unique antique size, but you will also want to think about which antique bed frame best suits your style. (Header image courtesy of Jolene Smith Interiors)

Watch the Size of Your Antique Bed Frame

Many antique bed frames are 48” wide, which is about ¾ the size of a full mattress today. These beds are usually about the same length as ours are today, but they can vary widely in that direction, too.

This unique size makes it difficult to find an antique bed frame that suits your current mattress. Unfortunately, most people can’t find antique mattresses that fit their antique beds as the authentic down or straw filling is not as comfortable as modern mattresses and is, therefore, less popular.

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Your best bet is often to find a faux antique bed frame, or search until you find one that’s the right size for your mattress. Make sure you measure the area where the mattress actually goes to ensure that it will fit your bed.

If you know the era you’d like to replicate, it can be fun to try to find a bed frame that has the look you’re going for.

Consider Bed Frame Types

When considering what type of bed frame to purchase, it’s important to think about how you want to display your antique bed. Do you want to bring to mind a specific era? If so, then you can research bed frames from that time and try to build or find one that suits.

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Common bed frame types include four-poster (which has a classic look), low post (which is traditional but less imposing) iron or brass bed frames, or a sleigh bed. Most of these types can be antiques or have an antique finish.

Think Canopies

Many people like to showcase antique beds with canopies. You can affix your canopy to the ceiling for a long drape, or get a bed frame with high rails and drape the canopy there.

Your canopy can be any color and any material, or you can change it with the seasons. Canopies can be a dramatic and fun way to show off your antique bed.

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If a canopy is too dramatic, consider a four-poster bed. This style is similar to a canopy bed but removes the rails between the tops of the posts. There’s no place to drape material, but the bed still looks dramatic and stately.

The posts can be high or low, depending on the size of the room and how much you want the bed to stand out.

Enjoy a Piece of History

Featuring an antique bed in your home can be a fun way to connect your family to history, especially if the bed has been handed down through the generations. Choose a mattress that’s the right size for your antique bed frame, and you’ll have a unique piece of history for your home.

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