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Beds made with traditional casting techniques

 

Our Story & Craftsmen

Victorian, hand cast beds from deep in the heart of Cornwall - beds that will last for generations.

In Par, a small historic Cornish town close to St Austell, The Cornish Bed Co is one of the last foundries to hand cast iron beds using the traditional methods.
We are proud of our reputation for making beautifully finished beds that are designed and built to last. The range includes beds in standard and bespoke sizes, together with daybeds, four posters and headboards.

 

Beds made to last a lifetime

The Cornish Bed Company was set up back in the 1990s to maintain the production of traditional iron and brass beds in the UK.

Hand crafted by our skilled craftsmen in Cornwall, these beds are manufactured using traditional Victorian casting techniques and feature Victorian cast knuckle fixings, promising a lifetime guarantee. The zinc is hand poured at temperatures exceeding 500°C and the cast knuckle joints with individual numbering make every bed unique.

A proud tradition of bed manufacturing

All our beds are hand crafted in the heart of Cornwall using traditional foundry casting techniques. We have been making beds for over 25 years with a dedicated team who have honed their skills to the highest level.

We take satisfaction in knowing we produce the best beds found anywhere in the world, and we do that right here in Cornwall.

Our Process

Using hand casting techniques, we are proud of our reputation for making beautifully finished beds that are designed and built to last forever. Every bed has our unique cast knuckle joint to attach the side rails to the head and foot of the bed. This self locking system ensures a lifetime of service, and is incomparable to modern flat pack beds that are held together with often flimsy bolts. The range includes traditional iron, brass and nickel beds, day beds, four posters, half testers and headboards, and we also offer a host of bespoke options in addition to all the standard sizes.
Each bed is hand poured using traditional gravity casting and then individually numbered making it bespoke and personal for each customer. Iron beds are robustly powder coated in a choice of many colours, and brass beds are skillfully antiqued and then lacquered by hand with a matt lacquer to ensure the finish lasts the test of time.

1. Antiquing

With 23 years' service, Danny is a veteran bed-maker. Highly-skilled at antiquing and finishing, no bed leaves the factory without Danny's seal of approval.

2. Welding

Andy is the factory's resident welder. He's overseen the production and welding of the headboard frames for 5 years and is a stickler for strong joints on all headboards and beds built to last. 

3. The Fettling Process

Then there's Andrew, son of Factory Manager Barry, and the fettler of the operation. He makes sure the beds castings are silky smooth before being put in the oven for firing.

4. Casting the Moulds

Always cool under pressure, Kenny's been casting beds at the factory for 16 years. Pouring zinc at 500c, this man has the steadiest hands in Cornwall.

 

5. Assembling the Frames

A true artisan, Paul assembles the brass and nickel frames and puts the beds together. With an eye for detail, he's been constructing metal masterpieces with us for 19 years.

6. Painting & Quality Control

Last but not least, the leader of this merry band of men is Barry. Barry is the longest serving craftsman at the factory boasting 23 years' of bed-making.

 
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