HITCHCOCKS are among the strangest and most beautiful objects on earth, and they can be found in a variety of different contexts.
Whether you’re making your own, buying a used one from a garage sale or finding one for sale online, there are some basics you should know before starting.
We spoke with Bucky, a real estate agent who’s had a hand in creating and selling more than 100 beds for sale, to learn about his process.
Bucky: I love to sell bedknobs and bedknives.
It’s a hobby I’ve had for nearly 25 years, but I’ve never made one myself.
I’d say I’m still kind of in the early stages.
I’ve sold about 1,000 of them.
I like to think I’m getting good at it.
My first couple of beds I just used to throw on my bed and call it a night, because I thought it would just be the next thing.
So I got rid of them and got a new bed.
I bought this new bed from the garage sale and it just sort of came out.
And I’m thinking, “Wow, this is just a normal bed.
Why did I do that?”
I’m glad I did it, because now I can have it, even though I’ve probably sold at least 1,200.
It really takes you to a different level.
There’s a lot of mystery and fascination with these things.
How do you find the parts?
And how do you go about building it?
It’s just really, really fun.
Bobby: I think it comes down to the amount of patience you put into it.
You don’t want to be buying a bed for $150.
I think you want to look for things that are going to last for a long time.
You want to build things that you will appreciate for a while.
I’m an architect, and I’ve done a lot, so I like the architecture.
I love building stuff that I can actually enjoy.
I do like that.
There are things that can be pretty ugly.
There aren’t too many good-looking beds.
You have to work really hard at getting those parts right.
Bucky: So, how did you come up with the name?
Bobby and I are both in the business of selling bedknob parts.
Binky is from an antique dealer, so we just picked up a bunch of different bedknibbons and had a go at it and got the names right.
You can use the word “bed” to describe a bed, but you have to be careful about that.
It can sound really, totally wrong.
You could say, “I’m looking for a bed that’s made out of wood and that has a frame that’s really wide.”
It doesn’t mean that the bed is made of wood, but it means that it’s a nice, thick piece of wood that has been carefully made.
We’re really into wood, so that’s what we were looking for.
So we just had to make the right combinations of the different wood types.
We thought that we were going to end up with something that would have a very good looking frame.
We ended up with a big slab of maple.
I was able to find that out on my own, so it was easy.
And then we just added a couple of other pieces of wood.
You know, we put some sort of glue on the wood, and then we added a piece of maple to the middle.
That gave it that little extra pop.
We went from a big, slab of wood to something that’s just kind of, you know, a nice little piece of lumber.
It has a nice look.
I just wanted something to make it feel a little bit different.
Binks: That’s great.
You really do look for something that looks like a piece you’ve built yourself.
You’re not going to find something that is made in a shop.
There have to really be parts that have been painstakingly made.
You also need to think about how big you are.
I find it interesting that the longer you build it, the more you’re going to need to add the wood.
That’s one of the things that really makes the beds.
They can be built as long as you have a lot and you want it to be durable.
So it’s important to be able to go through a lot to get it right.
That also makes it more appealing to the average homeowner.
Buck: It’s really about getting the best parts.
That might not be the easiest part to do, but at the end of the day, you want something that feels good to you.
You may want a really high quality, but then you want a little extra.
It might be a little smaller.
You need a little more room to put it in.
That means it can have a nice big bed, or a little less