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Need To Know
Our beds are not massed produced, each is made to your specifications: the style, finish, and size are all your choices.
Where Made
All of our beds and accessories are hand-crafted in the Historic Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia.  Ninety-eight percent of the raw materials and components that go into our beds, are sourced from and made by American suppliers.
Where We Can Be Seen
Brass Beds of Virginia is a small, boutique maker of hand-crafted metal beds. We have partner, specialty showrooms in many of the major metro areas in the United States.  If you call or fill out the contact form, we will gladly direct you to the closest dealer.  Because we are not mass produced or mass marketed, we will not be found everywhere.
Pricing & Quality Design Philosophy
Because of the custom nature of our manufacturing process and the wide variety of options available, our price list is complicated, and as a result we do not make a copy available for general distribution.  Although the cost of metals has increased over 300% in the last five years, we still use the same quality brass and steel as we have always used.  Our beds are made to reach a quality standard, not a price point.  Many customers express to us, that considering the construction, finishes, and options available, they feel we are an “excellent value for the money”.  Many national lifestyle showrooms as well as the internet sites offer attractively priced metal beds.  The majority of these beds are imports made to reach a competitive price point, however, they are not made with the same quality standards that we require.  As a result what you get is a “one size fits all” product, with limited finish options and in the end a less durable bed. Our goal is to make you an heirloom bed.  We subscribe to the adage “buy it once, and enjoy it for life”.  As someone once said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten”.  One measure of our customer satisfaction is the number of customers who return for their second, third and fourth beds.  Because of the wide array of available options including size, style, configuration, finishes, and possible custom changes, you are invited to see a local dealer or contact us directly for pricing information.
Most of the beds we make are true replicas of the originals. All styles and finishes are carefully considered, before they are offered, to insure that they endure the test of time; we tend to shun trendy.
Construction Craftsmanship
Our Brass Beds and powder-coated Steel Beds are assembled with fasteners.  Iron Beds are hand-cast and the Transitional series are tig welded, making the headboard and footboard one solid unit. All beds have our “interlocking” frame.  The combination of today’s materials, construction techniques, and our handmade, unmatched craftsmanship and pride, means that your bed will stand above the rest.
At Brass Beds of Virginia our attention to detail and craftsmanship results in the production of an heirloom quality bed.  Because we make them like they used to, each bed has an average of eight to twenty hours of hands-on-labor.  Some of the more complex, welded Deco designs may have forty plus hours of labor.  The more complex premium finishes may have an additional six to eight hours of time, just to complete that particular finish.  Customers regularly express to us, “the pictures do not come close to capturing the beauty and workmanship this bed exudes”.   “After searching for years, we have finally found the bed that we’ve been looking for!”  Why are we different?  It’s the care, dedication, and experience of the guys and gals who make your bed, and their ability to craft a quality product that not only stands above rest, but meets the high standards that we set as our goal.  If you were to visit our shop, you would see that “hands-on” defines our process.  While we obviously have some equipment to aid key processes, nothing is automated, so the input and effort from our operators is key to achieving the right results. Much of the bending and forming of the small rods, polishing of the brass, pouring and deburring of the castings, welding, assembly, and preparation for powder coating is meticulously performed by the skilled hands of our craftspeople.  All of the welded beds are bench-made, each piece hand cut, shaped, and tig welded in place in order to achieve the end design.  It is our people, their hands-on workmanship, and dedication to detail that are at the heart of our superb craftsmanship.
Product Line
Although our name is Brass Beds of Virginia, it is actually our Iron Bed styles that make up the bulk of what we craft.  Iron Beds are cast together, each head and foot as one solid unit using the same cast frame system, and finished with a powder coat finish.  The classic look and open architecture of these beds blends well with any décor.   Inspired by early twentieth century styling, our historically accurate replicas will add a touch of romance to any bedroom.  Brass Beds are made of solid brass tubing and finials, steel reinforced side posts, a cast dovetail joint frame, and are assembled with fasteners.  Our Brass Beds have a natural brass finish, so they will develop a patina as they react to your local environment.   (We do not clear coat or lacquer our beds.)       Most of our brass beds are reproductions of turn-of-the-century American styles.  Steel Tubular Beds are made just like our brass beds, but made from steel, powder coated, assembled with fasteners, supplied with the same sturdy frame system.  Transitional, Welded Beds are tig welded into one solid head and foot, powder finished and again is supplied with the same cast frame.  These beds are a blend of old and new, and you will admire the restrained, simple yet sophisticated designs.
Materials Strength
Brass: We use 0.040 wall solid brass tubing and the bent tops for some bed styles are 0.050 wall.  The caps and finials are solid brass stampings and spinnings.  Most of the cannonballs we use are cast brass. Steel:  The steel tubing used is cold roll, 14-18 gauge, depending on application. The smaller diameter pieces, used mostly in the interior of the beds, is cold roll solid bar stock. The angles used in our frames is 3/16” by 1¼” x 1¼” and 3/16” by 1½” x 1½”. The frame is a marriage of the above angles and the cast dovetail connectors. This means that you not only have a strong and sturdy bed, but one that is easy to assemble and disassemble.  (See our assembly instructions.)
Finishes
Brass Beds: All brass is polished and cleaned before each bed is assembled and shipped. Our Brass Beds do not have a clear coat or sealant, so they will patina and react to the environment in your home.  Some customers just let the brass age and appreciate the character of the acquired patina, while others polish as needed.  For those who like a bright shiny look, we have found that in most cases, polishing once a year is adequate.   If you desire maintenance free, high shine, other options should be considered. Powder Coat and Special Premium Finishes: Our one step, base powder coat finish is electro-statically applied to the bed frame and cured in an oven, resulting in a durable, scratch and chip resistant finish.  Thus, the whole bed will be the same color throughout.  All powder finishes are non-toxic.  The premium, hand applied finishes are available in a two tone look or an all-over patina.  Each bed starts with a base powder coat, then the particular premium finish is hand applied by one of our artisans, from start to finish, and once completed, the bed is signed by the artist who finished it.  The extra hours and attention to detail required for these finishes results in a more sophisticated look as well as a higher cost.  Since the premium finishes are applied by hand, no two will be exactly alike.  However, our artisans do a great job keeping these finishes within acceptable parameters.  Some of the premium finishes, if exposed to direct sunlight over time, may experience some fading.  (See our Warranty)
Rail System
Our interlocking frame and easy-to-assemble design ensures a strong and sturdy bed. All of our bed sizes have the necessary slats and support legs to exceed the standards required by bedding manufacturer’s warranties.
Frame Height
Our beds are available in varying frame heights, the most typical being 8”, 10”, and 12”.   Most modern beds today come with an eight inch frame.  The old, original iron and brass beds were mostly made with a twelve inch frame.  Because each of our beds is made to order, we can accommodate a frame height suitable for your specifications.  Since there are so many bedding  options (various mattress thicknesses and box spring profiles) and because each customer has his own preference to overall height, it is important to consider frame height before ordering. The height from the floor to the top of your mattress is determined by adding the combined height of your box spring and mattress to the frame height.  (See graphic at right.)  For example:  If you have twenty inches of bedding (box spring + mattress) with an eight inch frame, the top of your mattress would be twenty-eight inches off the floor.  Each customer may have a certain height that they are personally comfortable with.  Since the frame is permanent, it is important to establish the frame height when the bed is ordered.
Graphic to help determine frame height / mattress height Customization
Your bed is made just for you and as such we can accommodate some modifications, such as frame height, headboard heights, footboard configuration, and finial choices for the side posts of certain beds.  Your bed will be made for you, just as you want it.
Delivery
Since all of our beds are made individually for you, the job ticket will have your name on it as it is created in its journey through our shop.  Once we receive your order, the shipping date may be from two to eight weeks, depending on the type of bed ordered and our order entry volume at the time.  Your showroom or BBV will be glad to inform you of the anticipated time frame for production.
Parts & Repairs
In most cases, if you need parts due to damage or loss, we can provide them for you for a nominal cost.  If repair is needed, it is the responsibility of the customer to return the bed to BBV.  (See our Warranty.) The best way for us to accommodate you with parts or repair is for you to e-mail a picture of your bed and its area of concern, so that we can identify your needs.
Shipping
Most of our bed orders are shipped to the showroom or their delivery service.  Each showroom has its own policy regarding delivery/set-up or customer pick up.  You would need to discuss these options with your local showroom.
Drop Shipments  (Shipped Directly to the Customer)
Any bed may be shipped directly to customers home or business address. There are several levels of service on drop shipments: 1. Ship a commercial address by Freight Company.  (Least Expensive) 2. Ship to residential address by Freight Company.  Additional cost for residential delivery and curb-side service, meaning they may leave bed at curb.  In our experience, many drivers will help you get your bed to a garage or first floor, but they are not required to do so. 3. Ship to residential address, inside delivery.  Another step up in cost; they must help getting bed inside your house or apartment, but usually not to a second floor. They will not help you unbox your bed. 4. Ship to local furniture delivery service (initial freight would be option 1) and customer makes arrangements with service for delivery and set up of bed. (Additional Cost of Delivery Service). 5. White Glove Delivery:  Bed is shipped by carrier who will transport bed, deliver it, set it up, and remove packaging.  This service may take more time and will be the most expensive option. Quotes on drop ships may be provided by showrooms or BBV.  It is the recipient’s responsibility to make sure the product arrives in good condition and is not damaged, before signing the freight bill of lading.  (Please see our video on this topic.)   Most beds arrive without a problem, but on rare occasions, freight damage is a possibility.  If damage were to occur, our job is to help you get it right. Please advise us, by phone or contact form, if you have other “Need to Know” questions.
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Made in Richmond, VA (USA graphic) Need To Know Button Text Where Seen Pricing & Quality Design Philosophy Construction Button Text Craftsmanship Product Line Materials Strength Finishes Rail System Frame Height Customization Parts & Repair Shipping Drop Shipments
Our beds are not massed produced, each is made to your specifications: the style, finish, and size are all your choices.
Where Made
All of our beds and accessories are hand-crafted in the Historic Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia.  Ninety-eight percent of the raw materials and components that go into our beds, are sourced from and made by American suppliers.
Where We Can Be Seen
Brass Beds of Virginia is a small, boutique maker of hand-crafted metal beds. We have partner, specialty showrooms in many of the major metro areas in the United States.  If you call or fill out the contact form, we will gladly direct you to the closest dealer.  Because we are not mass produced or mass marketed, we will not be found everywhere.
Pricing & Quality Design Philosophy
Because of the custom nature of our manufacturing process and the wide variety of options available, our price list is complicated, and as a result we do not make a copy available for general distribution.  Although the cost of metals has increased over 300% in the last five years, we still use the same quality brass and steel as we have always used.  Our beds are made to reach a quality standard, not a price point.  Many customers express to us, that considering the construction, finishes, and options available, they feel we are an “excellent value for the money”.  Many national lifestyle showrooms as well as the internet sites offer attractively priced metal beds.  The majority of these beds are imports made to reach a competitive price point, however, they are not made with the same quality standards that we require.  As a result what you get is a “one size fits all” product, with limited finish options and in the end a less durable bed. Our goal is to make you an heirloom bed.  We subscribe to the adage “buy it once, and enjoy it for life”.  As someone once said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten”.  One measure of our customer satisfaction is the number of customers who return for their second, third and fourth beds.  Because of the wide array of available options including size, style, configuration, finishes, and possible custom changes, you are invited to see a local dealer or contact us directly for pricing information.
Most of the beds we make are true replicas of the originals. All styles and finishes are carefully considered, before they are offered, to insure that they endure the test of time; we tend to shun trendy.
Construction Craftsmanship
Our Brass Beds and powder-coated Steel Beds are assembled with fasteners.  Iron Beds are hand-cast and the welded metal beds are tig welded, making the headboard and footboard one solid unit. All beds have our “interlocking” frame.  The combination of today’s materials, construction techniques, and our handmade, unmatched craftsmanship and pride, means that your bed will stand above the rest.
At Brass Beds of Virginia our attention to detail and craftsmanship results in the production of an heirloom quality bed.  Because we make them like they used to, each bed has an average of eight to twenty hours of hands- on-labor.  Some of the more complex, welded Deco designs may have forty plus hours of labor.  The more complex premium finishes may have an additional six to eight hours of time, just to complete that particular finish.  Customers regularly express to us, “the pictures do not come close to capturing the beauty and workmanship this bed exudes”.   “After searching for years, we have finally found the bed that we’ve been looking for!”  Why are we different?  It’s the care, dedication, and experience of the guys and gals who make your bed, and their ability to craft a quality product that not only stands above rest, but meets the high standards that we set as our goal.  If you were to visit our shop, you would see that “hands-on” defines our process.  While we obviously have some equipment to aid key processes, nothing is automated, so the input and effort from our operators is key to achieving the right results. Much of the bending and forming of the small rods, polishing of the brass, pouring and deburring of the castings, welding, assembly, and preparation for powder coating is meticulously performed by the skilled hands of our craftspeople.  All of the welded beds are bench-made, each piece hand cut, shaped, and tig welded in place in order to achieve the end design.  It is our people, their hands-on workmanship, and dedication to detail that are at the heart of our superb craftsmanship.
Product Line
Although our name is Brass Beds of Virginia, it is actually our Iron Bed styles that make up the bulk of what we craft.  Iron Beds are cast together, each head and foot as one solid unit using the same cast frame system, and finished with a powder coat finish.  The classic look and open architecture of these beds blends well with any décor.   Inspired by early twentieth century styling, our historically accurate replicas will add a touch of romance to any bedroom.  Brass Beds are made of solid brass tubing and finials, steel reinforced side posts, a cast dovetail joint frame, and are assembled with fasteners.  Our Brass Beds have a natural brass finish, so they will develop a patina as they react to your local environment.   (We do not clear coat or lacquer our beds.)       Most of our brass beds are reproductions of turn-of-the-century American styles.  Steel Tubular Beds are made just like our brass beds, but made from steel, powder coated, assembled with fasteners, supplied with the same sturdy frame system.  Transitional, Welded Beds are tig welded into one solid head and foot, powder finished and again is supplied with the same cast frame.  These beds are a blend of old and new, and you will admire the restrained, simple yet sophisticated designs.
Materials Strength
Brass: We use 0.040 wall solid brass tubing and the bent tops for some bed styles are 0.050 wall.  The caps and finials are solid brass stampings and spinnings.  Most of the cannonballs we use are cast brass. Steel:  The steel tubing used is cold roll, 14-18 gauge, depending on application. The smaller diameter pieces, used mostly in the interior of the beds, is cold roll solid bar stock. The angles used in our frames is 3/16” by 1¼” x 1¼” and 3/16” by 1½” x 1½”. The frame is a marriage of the above angles and the cast dovetail connectors. This means that you not only have a strong and sturdy bed, but one that is easy to assemble and disassemble.  (See our assembly instructions.)
Finishes
Brass Beds: All brass is polished and cleaned before each bed is assembled and shipped. Our Brass Beds do not have a clear coat or sealant, so they will patina and react to the environment in your home.  Some customers just let the brass age and appreciate the character of the acquired patina, while others polish as needed.  For those who like a bright shiny look, we have found that in most cases, polishing once a year is adequate.   If you desire maintenance free, high shine, other options should be considered. Powder Coat and Special Premium Finishes: Our one step, base powder coat finish is electro- statically applied to the bed frame and cured in an oven, resulting in a durable, scratch and chip resistant finish.  Thus, the whole bed will be the same color throughout.  All powder finishes are non-toxic.  The premium, hand applied finishes are available in a two tone look or an all-over patina.  Each bed starts with a base powder coat, then the particular premium finish is hand applied by one of our artisans, from start to finish, and once completed, the bed is signed by the artist who finished it.  The extra hours and attention to detail required for these finishes results in a more sophisticated look as well as a higher cost.  Since the premium finishes are applied by hand, no two will be exactly alike.  However, our artisans do a great job keeping these finishes within acceptable parameters.  Some of the premium finishes, if exposed to direct sunlight over time, may experience some fading.  (See our Warranty)
Rail System
Our interlocking frame and easy-to-assemble design ensures a strong and sturdy bed. All of our bed sizes have the necessary slats and support legs to exceed the standards required by bedding manufacturer’s warranties.
Frame Height
Our beds are available in varying frame heights, the most typical being 8”, 10”, and 12”.   Most modern beds today come with an eight inch frame.  The old, original iron and brass beds were mostly made with a twelve inch frame.  Because each of our beds is made to order, we can accommodate a frame height suitable for your specifications.  Since there are so many bedding options (various mattress thicknesses and box spring profiles) and because each customer has his own preference to overall height, it is important to consider frame height before ordering. The height from the floor to the top of your mattress is determined by adding the combined height of your box spring and mattress to the frame height.  (See graphic at below.)  For example:  If you have twenty inches of bedding (box spring + mattress) with an eight inch frame, the top of your mattress would be twenty-eight inches off the floor.  Each customer may have a certain height that they are personally comfortable with.  Since the frame is permanent, it is important to establish the frame height when the bed is ordered.
Graphic to help determine frame height / mattress height Customization
Your bed is made just for you and as such we can accommodate some modifications, such as frame height, headboard heights, footboard configuration, and finial choices for the side posts of certain beds.  Your bed will be made for you, just as you want it.
Delivery
Since all of our beds are made individually for you, the job ticket will have your name on it as it is created in its journey through our shop.  Once we receive your order, the shipping date may be from two to eight weeks, depending on the type of bed ordered and our order entry volume at the time.  Your showroom or BBV will be glad to inform you of the anticipated time frame for production.
Parts & Repairs
In most cases, if you need parts due to damage or loss, we can provide them for you for a nominal cost.  If repair is needed, it is the responsibility of the customer to return the bed to BBV.  (See our Warranty.) The best way for us to accommodate you with parts or repair is for you to e-mail a picture of your bed and its area of concern, so that we can identify your needs.
Shipping
Most of our bed orders are shipped to the showroom or their delivery service.  Each showroom has its own policy regarding delivery/set-up or customer pick up.  You would need to discuss these options with your local showroom.
Drop Shipments
Any bed may be shipped directly to customers home or business address. There are several levels of service on drop shipments: 1. Ship a commercial address by Freight Company.  (Least Expensive) 2. Ship to residential address by Freight Company.  Additional cost for residential delivery and curb-side service, meaning they may leave bed at curb.  In our experience, many drivers will help you get your bed to a garage or first floor, but they are not required to do so. 3. Ship to residential address, inside delivery.  Another step up in cost; they must help getting bed inside your house or apartment, but usually not to a second floor. They will not help you unbox your bed. 4. Ship to local furniture delivery service  (initial freight would be option 1) and customer makes arrangements with service for delivery and set up of bed. (Additional Cost of Delivery Service). 5. White Glove Delivery:  Bed is shipped by carrier who will transport bed, deliver it, set it up, and remove packaging.  This service may take more time and will be the most expensive option. Quotes on drop ships may be provided by showrooms or BBV.  It is the recipient’s responsibility to make sure the product arrives in good condition and is not damaged, before signing the freight bill of lading.  (Please see our video on this topic.)   Most beds arrive without a problem, but on rare occasions, freight damage is a possibility.  If damage were to occur, our job is to help you get it right. Please advise us, by phone or contact form, if you have other “Need to Know” questions.
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