I was searching for some photos of Chinese wedding beds and Chinese canopy beds when this humorous page came up on Chris Johnson’s personal website entitled “How to Assemble an Antique Two Room Chinese Wedding Bed.” This along with his main Chinese Bed page is worth having a look at (The photos below are from his page).
I have done this myself and its not as bad as it looks, though it takes a few people to do it (I am surprised two was enough). Amazing how the whole thing collapses down, eh? One thing to be careful about – if there is a missing or left behind piece, the whole thing may be impossible to assemble.
The final assembled bed:
I just had a new reproduction Chinese canopy bed made for my home and due to the effort and labor it takes to make one, it cost me about twice as much as an antique one. Bed’s are funny things in that, Chinese tend not to buy antique wedding beds due to superstitions (namely that someone probably died in them and therefore the bed is probably haunted). Consequently antique canopy beds can be often cheaper then reproductions.
Thats good news for this person who is lusting after antique bed for her home!
This person already got theirs: Vifargent: The Bed