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Choosing a vintage bed frame
First thing’s first, what size bed are you looking for? A vintage double bed frame is the norm, but you might want a king size bed for a master bedroom or a single for a child’s room or study-cum-guestroom. Remember that European and American standard sizes differ from their British counterparts and ensure you can find a mattress to fit your chosen product. If you’re struggling to find that perfect vintage bed frame, you could also update an existing bed with a vintage headboard from our site.
Of course, the style is what’s going to really stand out when you’re looking for a new bed frame. The design world has undergone a myriad changes over the past century. Resulting in furnishings that range from the timeless to the downright bizarre. From wrought iron and solid wood beds through to bamboo, rattan and upholstered varieties, vintage bed frames vary immensely from one decade to the next. Think carefully about what kind of feel you want in your bedroom and choose the frame accordingly.
Combining vintage bed frames with other furniture
Though some designers will advise against mixing styles, it’s perfectly possible to blend the classic and the contemporary. Mid century bed frames pair particularly well with modern Scandinavian furnishings. While traditional wooden beds can be updated with transitional accents.
For a timeless and elegant look, try combining a dark-wood sleigh bed with natural textiles, an ornate Persian rug and a polished chrome chandelier. Looking for something a little more contemporary? Opt for a black wrought-iron frame, an industrial chest of drawers and chunky blankets for added texture.
How to restore a vintage metal bed frame
Though the majority of our pieces have been carefully restored and cleaned, you may still find the odd heirloom in need of a little TLC. To give a vintage metal bed frame a new lease of life, start by cleaning it with warm water and a little washing-up liquid. Once all the dirt and dust has been removed, use dampened fine-grit sandpaper to remove any rust and old paint. If the frame has rusted all the way through, it will need to be repaired by a professional welder. Finally, coat the vintage bed frame with metal primer and leave it to dry before applying several layers of oil-based paint. And voila! A statement vintage bed frame that looks as good as new.