The Cannonball Bed. It's a classic that never goes out of style. Featuring the iconic ball-shaped finials and scrolled headboards, these beds are whimsical and sophisticated. I like them because they work with traditional interiors as well as modern. You'll never get sick of them, and you'll never regret buying one. A little history...
Cannonball beds first became popular during the Federal period (circa 1780 to 1830), and are easily recognizable due to their unique designs which feature ball-shaped caps or finials on the top of the bedposts. During this time, the cannonballs on the posts were said to symbolize patriotic enthusiasm after the Revolutionary War.Isn't that a fun bit of history? The ball-shaped caps represent American patriotism! It doesn't get any better than that, if you ask me. :)
antique twin cannonball beds
reproduction, with the rams ear scrolled headboard
via 1st Dibs
If you're interested in buying an antique or vintage cannonball bed, I recommend visiting your local antique stores or checking Ebay on a regular basis. There are great finds to be had if you stay diligent!
However, if you're looking for a cannonball bed with a fresh look, check out the colorful options at Ethan Allen! Their Quincy Bed comes in a variety of great colors and wood finishes (thanks House Beautiful for the heads up).
Quincy Bed in turquoise