The Antique Bed Dilemma: How do I find a queen-sized antique bed?

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At Michael Taylor At Home, we sell a lot of antique, vintage and fine furniture! As a dealer in older furniture, we come across a large number of full-sized beds. If you are a vintage afficionado, you will know that queen and king sized beds were not manufactured until the late 1950’s. Prior to that time, the largest standard bed size was the double or “full” sized bed, thus the large number and variety of pre-1950’s beds that are too small for our modern tastes.

If you prefer an antique or vintage bed, but require a queen rather than a full size, don’t be discouraged! With very few exceptions, a full-sized bed frame can be extended or adjusted to accommodate a queen mattress and box springs.

How, you may ask? Every bed is slightly different, but most frames can be lengthened with the use of an extender kit and/or extended rails. A variety of these can be found on Amazon.com, or at local mattress stores. A simple search on YouTube brings up a variety of videos on how to alter a vintage bed frame to accommodate a larger mattress set. It’s definitely a project that a do-it-yourself-er could tackle with ease!

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This antique full-sized bed frame is in stock now…the tall headboard would be a great statement piece in a rustic country/shabby chic bedroom, wouldn’t it? The natural wood of this bed is very pretty, but it would also look great with a chippy, chalk-painted treatment.

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Here’s another in-stock antique bed with a beautiful headboard and foot board. ¬†With an extender kit, the original side rails and slats for this bed will not be able to be used, but they could be stored in case the owner would ever want to return the bed to it’s original full-sized configuration. Some people are hesitant to alter antique pieces, but we feel that unless the piece is truly a museum quality or one-of-a-kind antique…furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed in our daily life, according to our current needs. If that means changing out a pair of bed rails to accommodate a larger mattress, then do so and enjoy giving new life to a beautiful bed frame!

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This poster bed by Davis Cabinet company is a gorgeous full-sized bed that would look great with traditional or country-style decor.

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Here’s a simpler poster bed frame, also full-sized…but would fit a queen mattress set perfectly with the addition of an extender kit/rails.

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If you’re looking to upgrade the look of your bedroom, or have always wanted an antique bed frame but could never figure out how to make it work…come by Michael Taylor At Home and talk to manager, Jerry, about what we’ve got in stock and how they might be altered to work with a queen mattress set. We have lots of options and ideas!

My best,

Michael Taylor & Company