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If you are fortunate enough to own an antique bed, you probably desire to use this heirloom rather than store it in the attic. Prior to 1900, standards related to bed sizes didn't exist. These old beds were custom made according to the height (and width I might add) of the intended owner(s). Custom-sized box springs, mattresses and sheets are indeed available for these beds, however most of us really wish that Grandma's old bed was longer and wider.

 

  

 

Fortunately most antique beds can be professionally resized to accommodate full, queen, king and even extra-long queen/king-sized box spring and mattress sets. In addition, two antique twin beds can be joined to make a beautiful yet functional single king-sized bed.

 

  

 

Now for the really good news! Take a look a the value of 100+ year-old (true) antiques and then look at beds form the same era. Because of their odd and non-standard sizes, very old and very fine examples can be purchased for less than the value of the timber. Our bed, a rare US made Civil War-era Brazilian rosewood sleigh bed complete with the large cast iron wheels reminiscent of those used for ship-board canons of their day cost us approximately ½ the reclamation value of the rosewood. We resized the bed to a queen and enjoy a piece of history in the form of a comfortable bed for about the price of a ho-hum modern bed.

 

 

 

To maintain the unique character of each antique bed, the original side rails should be lengthened and used whenever possible. In many cases, the resized bed can be easily converted back to the original size; this ensures that the value of the antique is maintained.

 

  

 

If you are considering having your family heirloom resized, it is recommended that you consult with a professional to ensure that the sentimental value, monetary value, unique character and structural integrity of your prized antique are maintained. A properly resized bed should be as beautiful, strong and as valuable as the original - and more functional.

 

  

 

Due to the nature of each project, please contact Sandy or Gary regarding the possibility of resizing your antique bed to your particular requirements.

 

 

 

Common mattress/box springs sizes (listed by width):

          * Twin – 39 inches wide by 76 inches long

          * Long Twin – 39 inches by 80 inches

          * Standard – 52 inches by 74 inches

          * Double/Full – 54 inches by 75 inches

          * Queen – 60 inches by 80 inches

          * California/Long Queen – 60 inches by 84 inches

          * Expanded/Super Queen – 66 inches by 80 inches

          * California King – 72 inches by 84 inches

          * King – 76 inches by 80 inches

          * Grand King – 80 inches by 98 inches