Converting antique wood bed to queen?
Does anyone have experience with converting an antique full sized wooden bed to a queen? I know there are simple converter rails you can buy, but I've typically seen it done with metal beds.
The bed I'm interested in is a lovely Empire style full sized sleigh bed. It's a lot like this one, but the headboard is taller, the footboard lower, and it's not painted:
The biggest concern I have is how the bed would look if I have to use the metal converter rails. I think I would need a bedskirt to hide the plain metal rails, and I've never seen these beds without the wood rail exposed. The other issue is that I really like the exposed rail style, so I don't know if I'd even like the bed as much without the wood sides. Is there any way to use or make wood rails that would adapt the full size to a queen? I would even consider painting the bed to make new wood rails match if need be, since the veneer isn't in perfect shape.