Antique beds are often a very cost effective purchase when compared to their modern equivalent. They come in a variety of styles and materials and were often made as part of a suite of bedroom furniture.
Brass beds were popular in Victorian times, as were heavy and ornate examples in walnut and mahogany. The Edwardian taste was much simpler and more elegant and made from walnut and mahogany. French beds are sometimes found in carved walnut with elaborate decoration; they are not cheap but can make a dramatic statement piece. Art Deco beds again were made as part of a larger suite of furniture; typically they were veneered in burr walnut and over the years this can sustain damage, however they tend to be much more affordable and can great impact.
At Antique Furniture Direct we often stock antique and vintage beds in a variety of sizes. Since most early versions were hand-made they are frequently a few inches each way of the standard bed size but this is easily disguised by the mattress. Singles usually start at 3 foot, with large singles at 3 foot 6 inches. Three quarter beds are around 4 foot and doubles 4 foot 6 inches.