Beds have changed through the years, from being little more than straw on the ground to the furniture which are taken for granted nowadays. Antique beds are unique in that they have the history and beauty not found with most modern beds, and with little effort, can be made to accommodate modern size mattresses. Buying antique beds are possible today, and in more than one location.
Antique stores can be a place to find antique beds, whether they are full beds, classic beds, French beds or even four poster beds. These beds can be in good condition - some suspiciously so. If you are interested in buying an antique bed which is genuine, it is a good idea to read up on the subject and learn all that you can about the style of bed which interests you the most, so that you don't become the owner of a replica rather than the real thing.
If you are interested in one particular type of antique bed, going to a store which is specialised in this kind of bed would be a good idea. For example, if you are interested in antique brass and iron beds, then going to a place which is specialised in restoring and selling these beds would provide you with a choice of these beds. Places like A Barnful of Brass Beds would not only have an antique bed you're looking for, but one that have been lovingly restored as well.
Auctions can also be a good place to find antique beds of all types. There, you would be able to find beds of various styles and sizes. It would be a good idea to inspect them first before buying them, or bringing someone who knows about beds with you when you go to look at them. Online auctions are also a source, but the main difference is that you will most likely not be able to view them first in person. In these cases, it's a good idea to ask the seller a lot of questions as well as to get additional photos, if none are provided, of any identifying marks, labels and other information.