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Brass Beds Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, one reason iron beds have always been so popular is that they open up the room allowing you to be able to see the other pieces in the room (open and airy). We call this Open Architecture. They work well with a broad mix of styles and finishes from traditional to contemporary, all colors shades, textures, and materials, glass, wood, metals etc. The wood pieces in the room can accent the iron beds, and the iron bed can accent the wood for example, so all the pieces in the room are distinctive, and can be seen. They don’t run together like the old wooden “bedroom suits” did, where everything was one solid color. We reproduce popular antique bed styles and create designs that will stand the test of time.

The iron and brass beds should not rust unless chipped or scratched. Powder coating is very chip resistant, but like all coatings, it will react to heavy or sharp metallic objects that collide with the finish (i.e., heavy belt buckle, hammer, screw driver, heavy toy, etc.). The warranty would cover defects in manufacturing on finish, but not finish problems as a result of improper handling or care.

Yes, providing your mattress set is a standard size, twin, full, and queen, king, or Cal. king. Another consideration of coarse would be the height, regarding the need to order a standard or custom height frame.

Although the corner post and risers are made of 16 gauge steel, which is 90% as strong as solid steel, like all tall objects, there will be some flexibility. The amount of flex is influenced by the diameter as well as length. Our canopies, even with a slim riser, are very stable where it’s needed. The stability from a little above the mattress top through the frame joint to the floor is as solid and sturdy as our non-canopy beds. If you move up and down in the center of the bed, the risers barely move.

Most of our beds are reproductions of beds from the turn of the century. At this time, the frame of the bed was 12” from the floor versus the 8” that has become standard today. The higher frame keeps the authentic look of the reproduction. There is also some difference in bed heights due to the different mattresses that are displayed. Mattress and box spring selections have a lot to do with the height and overall appearance as well. Higher headboards allow for higher frames, providing more area for storage if desired.

Standard finishes are one color. They are electro-statically applied powder coats that take less than one hour to do. This is the same way automobiles are painted. Special finishes require numerous additional processes, including hand finishing with several colors and drying time in between plus a finishing coat.

We frequently ship to customers throughout the US (and many foreign countries). By the way in these cases we do not charge sales tax (except Virginia), and that amount often offsets the freight charges. To assist our customers, we obtain a shipping cost estimate in advance. All out of state orders are shipped freight collect and the simple assembly is done by the customer. (we provide easy instructions). Please remember, if the boxes are damaged at all, please refuse the delivery. If the boxes are damaged, chances are so is the finish on the bed.

The beds, “American Made”, are handcrafted in Richmond Virginia. Our factory has been making these beds for over 40 years. We are very specialized in that the beds are our primary product so we can be the best at what we do.

Structurally, we offer a multi generation warranty (Heirloom Warranty). Your finish is warranted for one year. If there is a problem with your finish after one year, and it is determined to be the result of a manufacturer error, Brass Beds of Va. will fix it.

A special finish involves 2 to 3 steps, including hand painting and an electro-statically applied powder paint. The standard finish is one step electro-static application of the powder paint. The special finish requires many hours of additional labor which is why there is a price difference. Electro-statically applied means the headboard or footboards are charged with electricity which causes them to become a magnet. The powder paint is sprayed into the atmosphere around the headboard & footboard, which having become magnetic, draws the powder into every crack and crevice. This creates a uniform finish that is very durable.

Our special finishes (Premium and Premier) typically starts with a baked-on powder coated paint, then hand painted by an artisan with multiple colors. This step requires many hours depending on the bed, complexity of finish, etc. Usually the bed will get a second powder coat (exceptions would be painted rosettes (castings) on a few finishes).

All beds come in full and queen size, most come in twin, king, and California king. A size will not be done in a bed model if the integrity of the design is affected.

The slats are solid steel angle iron. On a twin, double, or queen bed, there are three slats that fit horizontally between the two side rails. On a king bed there are two slats that run vertically from headboard to footboard. The king slats are drilled in the center for the attachment of two legs with an adjustable foot. The headboard and footboard sections of the frame system are also drilled in the center, for placement of two more support legs. These legs extra insurance against overload.

Daybeds accommodate a standard twin-size mattress. Box springs are not used when the daybed will be used for seating as well as sleeping, which is normally the case. In this case, a “Bunkie board” is used on top of the frame, under the mattress. Bunkie boards are about 1.5” thick, and the same width and length as a twin mattress.

Natural Brass, Hand- Polished Brass (not lacquered) or Antique Brass.

Many brass and steel designs are available in canopy. Generally any brass or steel bed with straight corner post can become a canopy.

A thick mattress works well on most models with the 12” frame. However, if there is any doubt about the model you choose, we can show you where the mattress will come to on the headboard and footboard. Two other things can be done to make the mattress work on a particular bed: order the bed with an 8” frame instead of the 12”, or if you are buying a new mattress set, order it with a low-profile box spring.

We hear that a lot. We do know that they are the best quality beds available, and do represent real value. Please refer to our customer testimonials!

We feel they represent a real value. When you compare the design, the solid construction, the fact that the beds are handcrafted, the Heirloom Warranty, the hand poured castings, and the artisan hand finishing, I think you will come to the same conclusion. You will even consider them to be reasonably priced. And of course, these reasons as well: the beds outweigh all others on the market and no one offers a brass or iron bed with the quality of our interlocking frame system. This exclusive system is critical in terms of a bed that is truly stable, indestructible, and unshakeable. Also, our beds are handcrafted vs. mass produced. Each bed has many craftsman labor hours, which we feel makes them a great value for the money. Less expensive and sometimes even more expensive beds have thinner tubing & materials and are mass produced, mostly overseas. The finishes used are oftentimes not as aesthetically pleasing as well. Essentially, we feel you get more value for your money with our product. “Remember, regarding price versus quality, the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”!

No, with a standard finish there is not a contrast. The entire bed is done in one solid color finish.

For iron beds, the tubing on the inside of the design is solid. The end posts are not, but they are either 16 gauge (.065wall) or 14 gauges (.083wall). It is hollow because the weight of solid would make the beds unmanageable to handle. All steel used in the beds tubing and barstock is cold rolled which costs more than hot rolled. It is harder to bend or dent cold roll steel vs. the hot roll steel. Cold roll is a hot roll steel that goes through additional process at the mill where it is cold drawn to give it more strength and finer finish. The angles used on the frames are hot rolled steel. For brass beds the tubing is pure brass which measures .042 and each corner post is reinforced with a column of 18 gauge steel.

Yes, however we caution that as the beds are handmade by individual artisans, the finish could vary.

Some originals are like that, but most are like ours. The design of ours is preferable because the strength of rails is increased in terms of buckling, or bowing out. Another reason is that our slat system (angle iron slats) requires this as they fit in such a way that they won’t fall or squeak, which are both characteristic of the original design.

Most headboards can be altered in height. Just call us to determine if the design you like would be a candidate. There is a small up charge for altering the height of a bed.

Yes, because the beds are custom made, the bed maker is able to offer many options. We offer an open footboard which has a minimal design with maybe a shortened corner post, and maybe a crossbar or we can do what we call a hidden foot, which cuts and caps the corner post at frame height. This maintains the advantage and stability of our frame system while allowing for having no visible footboard, with the hidden feet being behind your bed skirt under the frame.

This is subject to our current volume. Currently we are quoting 4-6 weeks for iron beds and brass beds are approximately 3-6 weeks.

Iron, steel and welded beds require only simple dusting. Most scuff marks can be removed with a soft rag and a little denatured alcohol, or mineral spirits.

The steel rods and tubes are cut and hand bent with the help of bending machines, to specifications for the particular model being made. These pieces are then laid into place on the open molds that will form the castings. Where the ends of the rods and tubes lie inside the mold a small raised bead spot is placed. This is done so that when the other half of the mold is attached and the molten mixture that is poured into the mold to form the casting, it sets-up (turns solid), with the weld beads locked into place so the rods and castings can’t pull out.

Out of State deliveries are made via a Freight Truck. The driver will deliver your bed to you front door.

The beds are made to last at least 100 years so we do not put a coating on the beds as the brass will outlast any coated finish. Nicks in a coated finish provide places for moisture to accumulate and tarnish. Concentrated tarnish in a small spot could pit the brass if left alone. In order to clean the spots the coating would need to be removed from the entire bed, this is very expensive. We sell an approved brand of brass polish to use on your bed. Keeping a brass bed polished is high maintenance. Many people prefer to leave the patina that develops on brass rather than polish it.

Yes. We offer very high quality daybeds based on the same interlocking frame system and other construction characteristics that our other beds have. (no squeaky bolted link springs on cheap stamped steel legs) Any of our bed models that are available in the twin size can be ordered with a footboard at both ends and an open back, to make what some people might call a “French” daybed.

Most bed designs that are available in a King are also available in California King.

Yes, some our designs are available in custom heights or lengths for an additional charge.

Yes, we offer both rollout and pop-up style trundles. When using a trundle under a daybed, the distance from the daybed frame to the floor (clearance), the thickness of the mattress, and the combined height of the trundle with the mattress sitting on it are critical. We normally order the daybed frame at 15.5”. Deduct the angle iron frame height (2”) and that leaves 13.5” for the trundle unit (fully depressed) and the mattress. The mattress height, for the top, would be determined by what the customer considers acceptable in terms of the seat height. For example, the frame height 15.5” plus Bunkie board 1.5” makes the seat height before adding a mattress, 17”. Therefore an 8” mattress would mean a 25” high seat, a 10”, 27”, etc.

We do not recommend because this enables the bed to move which may eventually cause the bed to loosen up the rail joints.

It’s possible but not recommended. And with brass beds, the corner posts are one solid rod, top to bottom.

Yes, hybrid water beds can be accommodated by adding additional legs for support. There is an up charge for this adaptation.

Yes, the cost would be the same as a complete bed.

Yes, but we do not recommend it. Quality iron headboards are very heavy and most bed frames are made of stamped steel, very light weight and flimsy. Our headboards bolted to these frames would wobble and may even pull the bolt heads through the stamped steel bolt holes. It costs very little more to get our frame system. The beds can come with an open footboard for minimal visibility, or you can get the frame system with a hidden foot which would show nothing at the foot, being hidden by the bed skirt.

Yes, and there are other options available on most beds.

Generally, no. However, if you order a canopy, it is detachable.

As with any headboard, you would use a pillow to cushion yourself against the headboard. We recommend a European sized pillow for best results/comfort.

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