1960s and 1970s G Plan teak headboards , very continental !
From 1920 up until the late 1950s , and in some cases beyond British people all bought a traditional bedroom suite , although the styles varied a little over the years . Fitted bedrooms were not on the horizon for most people so it was 2 wardrobes , a dressing table and a double bed . If you had 3 bedrooms , there would be 3 suites ! There was the large tall and wider wardrobe for the lady with mainly hanging space , and for the gentleman a smaller lower one with part hanging space , and then some shelves or drawers for socks , undies , woollens etc . The double bed would consist of a headboard and a footboard joined by metal bars , and on top would go a sprung base then a mattress . This was what 90% or more of the population bought if they bought new , and if you had more money , there might be a chest of drawers and bedside cabinets , and maybe larger wardrobes .
In the late 1950s some contemporary makers like G Plan came up with a new idea concept where both the ladies and the gentleman’s wardrobes were the same height , but narrower . The footboard was next to go , and was at first replaced by a wood headboard and if you had some extra money bedside cabinets . A new concept came in around 1960 and that was the so called ” continental headboard ” with integral shelves or drawers . Continental quilts , later more correctly called duvets started to become popular in the mid 1960s . Brits being insular were sold the idea of ” continental ” as being the latest thing when really it wasn’t that continental at all as i’m sure you’ve realised . You’ve got to remember that olive oil in the 1960s was only to be found at Boots the Chemist and garlic was only used by a few adventurous people !!
Other companies like Uniflex , Austinsuite , and Meredew also found that Continental headboards were popular throughout the 1960s . Some came with padded centres , mainly upholstered in vinyl or dralon . The G Plan Danish range which was aimed at more stylish wealthier buyers was offered with a hinged centre so that you could adjust the angle . Separate bedside tables or cabinets started to appear again in the late 1960s , but by then the idea of fitted or semi-fitted wardrobes were catching on .
Today we and others find that continental headboards are not popular , but separate bedsides are . Some of the attached drawers can be used on their own by hanging them to a wall , if it’s strong enough of course . The easiest solution is to put them on metal hairpin legs , an idea that has really taken off in the last 2 or 3 years .
The 3 main G Plan continental headboards are the Danish range designed by Ib Kofod Larsen which were in production from c 1962 to around 1967 . The Quadrille c 1964 to c 1970 , and Fresco from around 1968 to the mid to late 1970s . All work well on hairpin legs , but the Quadrille looks fantastic on original legs . To save costs the originals came with 1 support , so it needs 2 full sets to create a pair on legs like the ones we’ve just got in . It’s taken a couple of years to find 2 , so don’t expect to across many like these .