Antique spindle beds were thought to have originated at the beginning of the 19th century. Their name comes from spiraled making of the posts that frame the bed. Made of wood or metal the bed posts are formed in a spiraling shape creating a child-like atmosphere. The posts on the bed can be large, reflecting four poster beds, or they can be smaller frames. Their looks differ from bed to bed however; they each have a very unique look because of the twisted frames.
The spindle bed was not popular until about 1855 when a British opera singer, Jenny Lind, came to America on tour. While on tour she slept in a spindle bed and was impressed with the atmosphere it brought to her hotel room. When she returned to England in 1952 she brought back with her the memory of the spindle bed. At that time she began to work with a wood worker and assembled a bed for herself in the same style. The beds became known as the Jenny Lind spindle bed; now popular antique spindle beds.
Since that time Jenny Lind spindle beds have been made and are still a popular style for children’s bedroom sets. The style has even broadened and now includes entire bedroom sets that are made with this spindled effect. When looking for authentic antique spindle beds it is important to remember that they are still in production today. Make sure to ask questions about the time in which they were produced and ask about production methods.