Vintage bedroom furniture can add character, warmth, and charm to any bedroom. Whether you’re looking to create a romantic, shabby-chic feel or a sleek and modern aesthetic, there is a vintage piece out there to suit your style. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of bedroom vintage furniture, the different styles and types available, and how to incorporate it into your bedroom decor.
History of Vintage Bedroom Furniture
Bedroom furniture has been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that it began to take on a distinct style. The Victorian era, which lasted from 1837 to 1901, was a time of great change in the world of furniture design. The Industrial Revolution had made mass production of furniture possible, and as a result, furniture makers began to experiment with new materials and techniques.
Victorian bedroom vintage furniture was ornate and decorative, with intricate carvings, inlays, and embellishments. The most common wood used for Victorian vintage bedroom furniture was mahogany, which was considered a luxury wood at the time. Other popular woods included oak, walnut, and rosewood. Victorian beds were often tall and elaborate, with ornate headboards and footboards.
In the early 20th century, furniture design began to shift away from the ornate and decorative styles of the Victorian era. The Arts and Crafts movement, which was popular from the 1880s to the 1920s, emphasized the importance of traditional craftsmanship and natural materials. Vintage bedroom furniture from this period was simple and functional, with clean lines and minimal ornamentation.
The 1920s and 1930s saw the emergence of Art Deco, a style characterized by bold geometric shapes and luxurious materials. Art Deco bedroom furniture was often made from exotic woods such as ebony and rosewood, and featured chrome accents and mirrored surfaces. The 1950s and 1960s saw the rise of Mid-Century Modern design, which emphasized simplicity, functionality, and the use of new materials such as plastic and fiberglass.
Styles and Types of Vintage Bedroom Furniture
There are many different styles and types of bedroom vintage furniture, each with its own unique characteristics and charm. Here are some of the most popular styles of vintage bedroom furniture:
- Victorian: As mentioned earlier, Victorian bedroom furniture is ornate and decorative, with intricate carvings and embellishments. Victorian beds are often tall and elaborate, with ornate headboards and footboards. Other common pieces of Victorian bedroom furniture include dressers, wardrobes, and bedside tables.
- Arts and Crafts: Arts and Crafts vintage bedroom furniture is characterized by its simplicity and functionality. Pieces are made from natural materials such as wood, and feature clean lines and minimal ornamentation. Common pieces include bed frames, dressers, and wardrobes.
- Art Deco: Art Deco bedroom vintage furniture is luxurious and glamorous, with bold geometric shapes and luxurious materials. Beds often feature exotic woods and chrome accents, while dressers and bedside tables may have mirrored surfaces.
- Mid-Century Modern: Mid-Century Modern vintage bedroom furniture is sleek and functional, with clean lines and minimalist designs. Common pieces include platform beds, dressers, and nightstands made from materials such as teak, walnut, and plywood.
Which components make up your perfect vintage bedroom furniture
- Bedside Tables or Cabinets – A set of bedside tables by Bath Cabinet Makers for instance.
- Dressing Tables – What about a Scottish made dressing table with mirror by Mcintosh.
- Low Chests of Drawers – These early to mid twentieth century oak drawers being a nice example.
- Tall Chests of Drawers – These tallboy drawers from G Plan’s Fresco range may fit the bill perfectly.
- Headboards – G Plan’s headboards look very stylish with their bedside tables sitting on a single leg.
- Wardrobes – Fresco range pieces are always a winner. Check out this G Plan wardrobe for size!
Incorporating Vintage Bedroom Furniture into Your Decor
If you’re interested in incorporating vintage bedroom furniture into your decor, there are a few things to keep in mind. Consider the style of your existing bedroom decor. If you have a modern, minimalist aesthetic, a Victorian bed with intricate carvings may not fit in well. Similarly, if you have a shabby-chic style, a sleek Mid-Century Modern dresser may not be the best choice.
Vintage bedroom furniture is so sought after today. Choose the right period to match your home’s interior. With lots of styles to choose from, there are plenty of options available. Antique centres are a great place to hunt and our own Retrovintage website is also worth checking out.