Of all the commonly collected antique furniture, antique carved beds are among the most prized. The vast majority of these beds were made by hand, giving them an appeal that goes past just simple aesthetics. The craftsmanship and attention to detail make these beds not only functional, but they are truly pieces of art as well.
Ornately decorated wooden beds can be found in numerous styles, classic and contemporary. Many contemporary styles are quite appealing, with clean lines and a minimalist ideology. However, most modern beds are made by machines in factories, with little regard for the human element. They often use particle board as the main construction material, and then laminate a thin layer of wood over the top to make them more visually appealing. The result is a bed that looks good when new, but is unable to hold this appeal over the long haul.
Antique carved beds, on the other hand, have a much longer lasting appeal. Unlike the laminated, factory-made beds of today, these are most often made from solid wood. This means that they are not only much stronger and visually appealing, but they are not prone to laminate peeling. Plus, nothing can reproduce the physical feel and warmth of a quality piece of solid wood furniture. This is one of the primary reasons that these antique beds are still as popular today as they were when they were first made.
The amount of carving can vary from style to style and bed to bed. Personal taste is really the determining factor when picking out your ideal antique bed. For many people, simple lines and ornamentation are the preferred way to go. A paneled bed is often a good choice for those that prefer the simple. These beds usually feature simple curves and decoration, often with the only hand carving being used for simple shaping and perhaps a few added details. Sleigh beds, while slightly more complex in their overall design, are also usually limited to some simple carved items such as the scrolls and perhaps the support posts.
Some antique carved beds can be extremely ornate in their decoration. Bedposts in particular, often feature a high degree of ornamentation. These were sometimes done on a wood lathe, especially if the craftsman had to make several pieces at a time. However, a lathe limits the artisan to shapes that are round and symmetrical. For anything more complex, hand carving was the primary means of production. This often resulted in a one of a kind bedpost.
Highly decorated head and footboards are also common to antique carved beds. While some furniture makers limited themselves to simple shapes and decoration, others took their carving to the extreme. There are myriad examples of hand carved headboards that are so intricate that they resemble the finest lacework. These pieces are almost always unbelievably exquisite from a visual perspective, especially when in pristine condition, but they can also be extraordinarily expensive to purchase should you happen across one. However, they can also be a fantastic, one of a kind addition to your bedroom.