The Rebirth of American-Made Iron Beds: A Resurgence of Craftsmanship in an Era of Cheap Imports

20th c Americana Iron Bed by Heiressy Luxury Iron Bedroom Furniture

The iron bed industry in the United States has seen many ups and downs over the years. One of the most influential companies in the iron bed history is the Wickersham Iron Company, which was founded by John B. Wickersham in 1849 in New York City. Wickersham's beds quickly became known for their high quality and innovative designs, combining functionality and elegance. However, the iron bed industry in the United States started to face challenges in the 1990s, as millions of containers of disposable quality metal beds imported from China flooded the market. These beds, often made of inferior materials and poorly constructed, had a short lifespan and ended up in landfills after just a few years.

The influx of cheap imported metal beds hurt the perception of the industry. Many consumers were hesitant to invest in iron beds, fearing that they would be of poor quality and not worth the investment.

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in quality iron beds in the United States. Interior designers and consumers are once again seeking out premium quality, authentic iron beds that are made to last. Leading this revitalization is Heiressy, a company founded in California by James L Wickersham in 2020. Heiressy's beds are made in the United States with solid castings hand-poured in a foundry. The company is committed to producing high-quality iron beds that are built to last a lifetime. Heiressy's original iron bed design, the 20th c Americana Iron Bed is available for use with a traditional box spring foundation, or an updated Heiressy 20th c Iron platform bed with solid wood slats with a lower headboard and footboard. With its focus on quality craftsmanship and authenticity, Heiressy is leading the way in bringing American-made iron beds back to the forefront of the industry. With over two dozen powder-coat finish options, including aged timeworn finishes hand painted in a multi-step process revealing undercoating finishes looking like the true antique 100-year-old iron bed it's destined to become.

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