On this page you'll find black 'wrought iron' beds, cast iron beds, as well as black beds made from other metals. For the size you want, just click on the images - most merchants offer their black metal bed frames in a variety of sizes. [Read More]
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A genuine, black wrought iron bed, hand forged by a blacksmith, is pretty much a thing of the past. You can still get new wrought iron beds made from recycled wrought iron - as well as reproductions of antique wrought iron beds - but be prepared to pay a steep price for one of those!
When industrial production of wrought iron ended in the 1970s, the material was replaced by plain carbon steel, which was about half as expensive to produce and had similar properties. So when you buy a black 'iron' bed these days, the likelihood is that it's made of plain carbon ("mild") steel, not of iron.
The beauty of wrought iron is that it is not very pure - it has mineral and metal inclusions (known as 'slag') that give it a grainy surface and an 'antique' look.
This look can be imitated, of course, but not every black metal bed looks like a black wrought iron bed. Actually, most of them don't - which is really perfectly fine when you're decorating a contemporary Tuscan-style or 'French country' bedroom.
Apart from plain carbon steel, metal bed furniture - or parts of it - may be made of
A full metal bed often consists of a steel frame and steel scrollwork, with added cast-iron or cast-aluminum detail.
Cast iron is more brittle than wrought iron; it bears up well under pressure, while wrought iron (and plain carbon steel) is better at dealing with tension. (If wrought iron were wood, cast iron would be stone).
So while steel is great for a strong bedframe, as well as for the scrollwork on a black metal bed, cast metals would be used for molded headboard (and/or footboard) ornaments with beautifully detailed relief surfaces.
For a rustic Italian/Tuscan style, choose a black 'iron' bed frame that looks like the ones in Tuscan farmhouses - with simple shapes and 'cannonball' finials.
For a Tuscan 'palazzo' look, opt for finer scrollwork and some cast iron detailing - and maybe add a bit of gilding as well, the way it was done on these Tuscan palazzo beds.
Similarly, French-style metal bed furniture should be kept simple when decorating an austere French Provincial Bedroom, but you can definitely add more flourish and detail for a playful and luxurious take on Country French bedroom decor.
And when it comes to contemporary decorating styles, a full metal bed
will provide heaps of decorating possibilities, from 'zen' simplicity to delicate,