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Single French Bed – Review

Posted by on Nov 11, 2020 in En France | 0 comments

Single French Bed – Review

Single iron bed, just sold. Many thanks to our customer who sent us this lovely picture of the bed in its new home. She really wanted something in keeping with her 1920s London town house, and we think it looks superb.

She kindly posted this feedback on Facebook for us:

“Elena, one of your lovely beds has found another forever home. It is exactly the way we wanted – vintage, long term, classic. Wish you luck in your business. Elena.” 

Elena, October 2020

You check also check out our ebay feedback here

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Dating Our Antique French Beds

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in En France | 0 comments

Dating Our Antique French Beds

We often find old French bed factory adverts in the street markets in France, which is fascinating. They not only date our beds, but hark back to an in-country manufacturing era which we rarely see in today’s market.

The advertisements show varying styles and sizes which we commonly buy and keep in stock.

Most of the adverts below date from the early 1900s through to 1930s.

Dating French Beds




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Want to create your own bespoke antique iron bed ?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in En France | 0 comments

We are able to have our iron beds sandblasted and repainted, giving you the option to create a bespoke bed, changing the colour, or restoring the bed to its original finish.

It is difficult to imagine a rusted, overpainted and dirty bed in its potential glory, so here are a few photos to show you what can be achieved.

Sandblasting before and after


Before…………………………after sandblasting.

On the left, in its’s current state, and the same bed, sandblasted.

The tubular steel finish when sandblasted is slightly rough with a matt finish. The decorative cast iron pieces on the bed are left a slightly darker grey with glossy finish. The bed cannot be left in this raw sandblasted state or it will rust. You can keep the sandblasted ‘look’ by adding a clear varnish to the bed.

Industrial Finish – 4ft French Antique Iron Bed EXCLUDES BASE

Industrial Style Antique French Single Bed

The surface of the sandblasted bed always has some discoloration which is then sealed by the lacquer creating a completely unique gloss finish. The process distorts the metal panels a little, so each bed is unique.

Industrial Style Antique French Single Bed

Or you can choose to colour your bed, our painters keep a large stock of colours, below are just a few options.

Sandblasting antique beds


French Single Bed In Green RAL 6011

It is still a great pleasure for us to see an aesthetically neglected piece of furniture, transformed into a beautiful, stylish bed we are proud to have saved, for many more years of use.

Prices for repainting begin at £149.

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French Beds : Cleaning Antique Brass Decoration.

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in En France | 0 comments

We have just finished cleaning the brass on this bed so decided to share our best advice for cleaning antique brass.

Antique French Bed - Cleaned Brass

The secret is in the vinegar.


Warm a pan full of clear white vinegar, place your brass in the pan  and lightly heat for a few minutes.

Paint and years of dirt will be removed.

Dry with a cloth once cool enough to hold.

Use brasso wool to clean the remaining dirt. Polish with a smooth dry cloth.

Leave on kitchen paper to allow any excess vingar to drain out before a final polish and returning to your bed.

Here’s a before and after which we’ve been working on this week.

Before : Dull and dirty

Brass before cleaning Brass before cleaning


After : Bright and clean

Brass after cleaningBrass after cleaning

Simply cleaning the brass lifts the bed and gives it a new look.

Re polish over time to keep it shiny or let it age again.

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Creating a footless antique French bed.

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in En France | 0 comments

Almost all the antique and vintage French beds which we buy in France have enclosed footboards.

They look great, but for anyone over 6 ft, for houses with smaller rooms, or for rooms with low or sloping ceilings, footless beds are certainly more practical.

We sell headboards on their own, just for this purpose. They can be attached either to your wall for use with a divan, or to a basic  bed frame.

This is the type of look you can create.

Source : Pinterest

New in stock this week, we have this headboard, a great candidate for a footless bed project. Check out details here.


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Our latest blog: Slatted Bed Base & Vono Beds

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in En France | 0 comments

Our latest blog: Slatted Bed Base & Vono Beds

Adjustable slatted bed base on British Vono beds

Check out our latest blog on the suitability of the adjustable slatted bed base on British Vono beds…..

How marketing has changed : Vintage Vono Company Advertising

Vintage Vono Advert

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Adjustable slatted bed base for British antique and Vono beds

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in En France | 0 comments

British Antique and Vono Beds

We often get asked about the suitability of the adjustable bed base for use with British Vono beds.

Vono are a British manufactured bed, dating from the 1930s onwards.

British Vono beds which have a wooden head and footboard construction with heavy metal side irons.

Vono bed example

The base should sit on all 4 corners of your metal frame. In the case of British Vono beds, at each corner there is a fixing nut aprox 6 cms along the side iron.

The best way to use this base with a Vono bed is to enclose the nut with a piece of wood.

You can either run a piece of wood the length of your metal side iron – it can be painted to match the iron frame – or use 4 blocks, one over each nut, in each corner.

Drill a hole in the underside of the wood to sit over the nut.

Vono Bed Making Wood Sides

For the Vono bed in our photos we have used 4 cm x 2 cm pine, cut to 190 cm long.

Mark and drill a small hole just wide enough to cover the nut while still requiring a hammer to force it in place. If the wood is fitted tightly over the nut, the whole length of wood will not move.

Open the adjustable bed base our and lay it onto the bed frame. The bed base will sit on each corner of the bed. Tie it down with cable ties.

Vono Bed + Adjustable Slatted Bed Base


Vintage Vono Advert



If you have any questions about using this or any other product, please contact us.

Click here to purchase the adjustable slatted bed base for your Vono bed.




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Fitting the adjustable bed base to French Corbeille beds

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in En France | 0 comments

French Corbeille Beds – Brackets & Cross Bars

Continuing from our last blog, we look at the fittings on French Corbeille beds and how to modify them in order to use an adjustable bed base.

Mostly found on the sides of French Corbeille beds are the L-shaped metal brackets which would have held a fixed width, divan type base  in place originally.

L-Shaped Bracket

L-Shaped Bracket

In order to use the adjustable bed base you need to add cross bars.

  • You can use the L-shaped metal brackets to support a wooden block and then add cross bars.

L-Shaped Brackets

L-shaped bracketsVintage French Corbeille Double Bed

  • You can remove / or ignore the metal brackets and just add wooden blocks to take the cross bars.

Wooden block brackets

Vintage French Green Corbeille Bed

Vintage French Green Corbeille Bed

Sometimes the fixed cross bar spanning the curve is lower than it is possible to add a cross bar at the top of the bed. You must then add a second cross bar at the bottom as shown.

Vintage French Green Corbeille Bed

Consider the height you want your base to be, and choose the appropriate option.

Providing the original metal bracket is in place firmly, keeping it adds support.

As per our last blog we advise you to add a ‘foot’ in the centre of the cross bar.

'Foot' in the centre of the cross bar

Once this is complete, the base will sit on the cross bars provided, either 2 or 3 depending on your choice.

The base will not sit squarely on a 4 ft 6 Corbeille bed due to the curve at the bottom, you will have a gap at the bottom, and a steadily decreasing one at the sides.

It will tend to look like the photos below:

Corbeille Bed With Adjustable Bed Base Corbeille Bed With Adjustable Bed Base

Some finished Corbeille bed examples.

Vintage French Corbeille Bed & Base

French Upholstered Corbeille Double Bed

Vintage French Corbeille Double Bed Turquoise

Vintage French Corbeille Double Bed Turquoise

Vintage French Corbeille Double Bed Turquoise

If you have any questions about fitting a base to this or any other bed, please contact us.


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Making Cross Bars For Your French Antique Bed

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in En France | 0 comments

One of our frequently asked questions is how to create a structure for a base on a French antique bed.

We will be putting together a series of blogs to show different brackets on different styles of French antique beds and how to make and change brackets in order for the bed to take a base.

It often looks a daunting task when you excitedly take delivery of your new French antique bed, but it is unexpectedly minus the cross bars and a working base, but help is at hand..

Even if you have your cross bars, we tend to find that many are  fragile from years of woodworm and it is often wise to replace them with something more stable.

The photos below show new cross bars being made for a U-shaped metal bracket on an upholstered French Capitone bed which is 140 cm wide (4 ft 7″) by 190 cm (6 ft 3″) in length.

Making Cross Bars For Your French Bed


1.  Decide if you will make 2 or 3 cross bars, then measure the width of your bed and buy an appropriate length of wood, measuring 7 cm x 2 cm.

  • Some builders merchants will cut the wood to size for you if you measure the width you need exactly.

2. Shows a U-shaped metal bracket usually on these beds.

3 & 4. Make a template using paper, cut it out and mark your wood.

5. Cut your wood to match the template. Fit the cross bar.

6. Check your template will fit the other bracket. With one end of the cross bar fitted, mark your wood and cut it to match the template.

7. Fit your new cross bar.

8. Repeat this process so you have one cross bar by the headboard and one by the footboard.

Once you have made the cross bars then we recommend you add a ‘foot’ in the centre of the cross bars to add additional support.

Making A Central Support

1. Buy an appropriate length of wood, measuring 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm.

2 & 3. Measure where you need to cut the wood. There should be a gap of bewteen 0.5 and 1 cm below the cross bar. This allows the cross bar to bow down and take the weight of the base, mattress and you, without stressing the wood.

4. Cut and check your central support sits just below the cross bar.

5 & 6. Screw the central support in place.

7. If you screw it tight to the cross bar it will lift off the ground with your 0.5 cm – 1 cm gap.

8. Your finished cross bars with central supports.

We have used 2 cross bars, our bed fits together tightly and we are happy that it is structurally sound to now take a base.

Once you have added your two cross bars you need to decide if a third is needed and whether or not any further work needs to be undertaken to make your bed sound before you add a base. Once you are happy, your bed is ready to use a base.

We recommend our ‘Adjustable Bed Base’ and if you click here you can see it featured on this bed.


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We ship our French antique beds & interiors internationally

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in En France | 0 comments

Just a reminder if you are looking at any of our products that we are happy to ship our beds and interiors internationally.

Please contact us wherever you are in the world and we are happy to work with you to provide safe and economical shipping solutions.

In the last 6 months we have shipped antique beds and interiors to Europe, Asia and Australia.

We ship internationally


We are happy to make bespoke crates for internationally shipping.

We ship internationally

Some of our recent international sales

Please contact us for a quote.







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