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The Feminine Attraction To Iron Beds

February 14th, 2013 · No Comments


When you think about iron beds, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well if your a women, it’s probably something like “sophisticated” , “attractive”, “intimate”, …………if you’re a man, it’s probably “girlie”, “feminine”. It’s a preconceived idea the majority of people have of those gorgeous old antique iron beds that graced the bedrooms of Victorian homes and estates alike, throughout the 1800’s.

The factor that naturally helps establish a persons original opinion of one of these old metal beds, is it’s “finish” or “color”……. even more so than the form and the style. I’ve had beds that were incredibly ornate and scrolled, yet had old black iron finishes on them and they appealed to men without a question. Yet when the same beds had been “finished” in a white or some soft pastel with a crackle finish, most men would then considered them to be too feminine.

Conversely, I’ve had beds that were extremely straight and geometric with a very hefty tube masculine look, that we did in white or pastels……..and then took on a very feminine look.

When a man considers the use of antique iron beds as being too feminine, they’re not realizing that the majority of our population, back in the 1800′s, were sleeping in them. Families were raised in them.

The “visual” has always been our preliminary way of judging anything. It’s not until you get to know the inner workings of how something is manufactured, can it really be valued and understood. So is the case with iron beds. You would think a big brawnie coal miner from Pennsylvania would by no means sleep in a thin gauge basic bed with little corner brass finials. But that, quite often was the case. Why?……. Because back in the 1800′s there were two things that came into play that would have made such a pairing fairly common. The first was that iron beds, rather often were not seen as a ornamental piece of furniture as they are today. Back then they were seen simply as a utilitarian piece of furniture to elevate and hold the mattress. The second thing that came into play was the manner in which the decorating of a home, and particularly that of the bedroom was certainly not a concern of the man. That was strictly delegated to the wife or woman of the family. In the 1800′s such things as interior design were thought of as something a woman understood more about and were chauvinistically regarded as  to be the women’s “job” in a household. So it wasn’t uncommon for the romantic nature of what would be considered quite feminine to pervade a home with men. It wouldn’t be until the 1900′s that men would start becoming fascinated in such things, otherwise the domain of their wives. The expression “getting in touch with his feminine side” was not something heard back in the 1800′s. Such a school of thought and belief would not readilty be acknowledged until the 1900′s.


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