Just when we thought we'd heard of all the handmade, luxury beds in town, along comes Charles H. Beckley, an old-time NY firm that builds mattresses, boxsprings and headboards by hand in the Bronx. And there are no fluffy, overdone 14" mattresses here. Sticking with tradition, they swear by their 7" standard.
Tom says: My wife is a designer and worked for a big upscale design firm in NYC that used these beds pretty much exclusively with their clients. She and I bought one about 2 years ago and love it! Most comfortable bed I've ever slept on and it's stuffed with real horse hair!!! The ticking is totally customizable and sometimes we just gaze at it when we change the sheets - it's that beautiful!
Charles H. Beckley mattresses come in five basic versions and range from their best selling spring and horsehair mattress to their latex rubber mattress. They do it all and do it to your exact specifications. Prices are not as high as you might expect for this kind of service. Their best selling mattress goes for $1250 (queen) and takes 4-5 weeks for delivery.
Beckley's are mainly an inside trade resource, but they will sell retail. Beds can be seen at the D&D building and you can call Tim for all info: 718.665.2218. (Thanks, Tom!)
(Re-Edited from 2006-02-24 - mgr)