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RETRO REVIVAL: DISCOVER THE TIMELESS APPEAL OF THOMASVILLE BEDS

Dorothy Draper devotees take note! If you’re on the hunt for a vintage bed that the interior doyenne would have approved of, consider a Thomasville bed. Ranking among the more well-known commercial furniture brands of the 20th century, Thomasville has long been a producer of statement-making beds that effortlessly merge classical and contemporary influences. Today, Thomasville is perhaps best known for bamboo and Chinoiserie-inspired beds that complement their iconic bamboo chests and dressers. Smitten with these beds’ retro stylings, interior designers are increasingly opting to cloak vintage bamboo Thomasville beds in exuberant paint colors. When offset in colorful lacquers, Thomasville beds perfectly embody the opulent and zany Hollywood Regency look that Dorothy Draper was best known for.

Even better, is that thanks to the brand’s more under-the-radar reputation, Thomasville furniture can often be scored for a relative song. Consider Thomasville vintage beds a cost-conscious alternative to more pricey early American brands like Ethan Allen. If you’re considering pulling the trigger on a vintage or antique Thomasville bed, but you want to know more about the brand and why they’re considered a designer go-to, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn all about Thomasville beds, including how the brand got its start and what collections are most sought after by interior buffs and design pros alike.

What is Thomasville Furniture?

Thomasville furniture got its start as a chair company in Thomasville, North Carolina in 1904. North Carolina has long been heralded as the United State’s furniture capital, and in the early 20th century, the region was home to multiple chair companies, including the Hickory Chair Company. After WWI, Thomasville began setting itself apart from the pack, however, when it began diversifying its product offerings beyond chairs. In 1925, the company hired its first in-house designers, and two years later they unveiled a comprehensive line of dining room furniture that included tables, chairs, buffets, and more. The following year, Thomasville introduced bedroom suites, making 1928 the first time Thomasville beds hit the market.

Like most of their contemporaries, Thomasville stuck to primarily making traditional-inspired furniture until the mid 1950s. But as the company continued to increase in size, and modernism began to take hold, they gradually began moving into more contemporary styles. That said, Thomasville isn’t as well known for minimalist Danish and Mid-Century Modern-inspired designs as some other brands. In the 1960s and 1970s, Thomasville heavily relied on Chinoiserie-inspired designs as well as modern adaptations of classical Mediterannean and Italian designs and Neoclassical remixes. Their beds often featured shapely headboards with strategic cut-outs. Many Thomasville headboards have a lattice-like effect. Still, many others feature contrasting accents like rattan or cane panels or brass corner caps.

These relief-like details make Thomasville headboards ideal candidates for lacquered paint treatments. Try outfitting one in a bold hue like navy, kelly green, or lavender and pairing it with a complementary wallpaper featuring a riotous pattern. Hold out for a Thomasville headboard with cut-outs to allow the wallpaper pattern to peek through and lend the entire look a knit-together feel. If wallpaper feels a bit daunting pull off, try cloaking your wall in one saturated hue, such as red, and your Thomasville bed in another, think: forest green.

3 Vintage Thomasville Bed Collections to Know

When hunting for vintage Thomasville beds that are for sale, it sometimes helps to have a group of uber-specific keywords to plug in to get started. The three collections below include some of Thomasville’s most iconic beds. Use these to hone in on something specific, or merely use these key terms as a launching pad!

Grand Classics

This Thomasville collection features Empire Biedermeier stylings. Rendered in both polished and bird’s eye maple with ebonized inays, these pieces are the epitome of classical elegance. The Grand Classics bed is a sleigh-style bed featuring black-painted trim and square feet embellished with brass medallions.

Segovia

Inspired by Spanish architecture, the Thomasville Segovia collection features several heavy, dark wood pieces with a 1970s air. The Thomasville Segovia bed showcases a curvy headboard with arabesque-like cutouts.

Allegro Pagoda Fretwork

Similar in design to the pieces Henry Link designed for Lexington Furniture, the Thomasville Allegro Pagoda Fretwork collection consists of pieces designed to look like they were constructed almost exculively of bamboo. The Thomasville Allegro Pagoda Fretwork is one of the collection’s most striking pieces, featuring a Chinese Chippendale-inspired headboard crowned with intricate bamboo fretwork. The twin size features just one headboard panel, while larger sizes feature two panels laid side-by-side for an even more ornate look.