Curiously, when we assembled the antique beds after painting them, the beds did not look like this:
Instead, each bed lay at an angle, attaching a couple of inches higher at the headboard than at the footboard!
What on earth were they thinking? Have decades of children slept on a hill? Did someone in 1940’s England believe it to be healthier to sleep on an incline? Apparently some folks do. Or was it an error of production?
Nor was that the only problem. If one used the box springs, the mattresses sat higher than the top of the footboard in the most unappealing way. Without them, there were no supports for a mattress. Mystified, we set about putting it right with my fathers’s kind help.
My grandfather’s hand-drill was just the thing to bore new holes. Best to be precise on this kind of piece.
Being thorough, and taking pity on me, he not only levelled the frame but also cut down store-bought slats, attaching metal along the edge to contain them. Very comfortable! This is fiddly work, but I highly recommend it if you’ve an old bed to update.
Do learn from my mistake – never purchase antique furniture unless you can see it properly assembled, or you’re up for a big project.
Our children adore their level, slatted, painted, new-and-improved vintage beds. Good night!