Bed Rail Styles

rail style drawings

Early beds were made with various rail styles. Beds of the time had either a rope or canvas "spring" and the rail was made to accommodate the "spring" being used. The rails wer e quite heavy in section in order to withstand the tension of the rope or canvas stretched between them. Our traditional rails are 2 1/4" thick by 3 1/4" wide. Modern rails are quite thin but wider in order to conceal the box spring. We prefer to conceal the box spring with a skirt.

We can use any style rail on any bed however you may want to take the following into consideration:

Rail #1
A simple style made for a rope spring.
(Most appropriate with country style beds.)
Rail #2
Made for a canvas spring or sacking bottom.
(Gives the bed a bit more formal look.)
Rail #3
A 17th century style rail made for rope.
Rail #4
A modern style rail and is 1 1/2" by 7" in section.
  (Conceals the box spring but may shorten the turned foot on some beds due to its width.)
Rail #5
A combination of rails #1 and #2 and was used in the 18th and early 19th century.
Rail #6
Made for a sacking bottom that is laced to the pegs.


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