Metal beds provide the sophistication of wrought iron and brass beds, but at a more affordable price. Metal beds are usually made of steel and zinc. The metal is then coated with a finish. Gunmetal beds and pewter beds provide a contemporary look and gunmetal, in particular, has a high shine finish. Also Common metal beds can be made of synthetic copper and gold finishes. Gold bestows the bed with a rich, opulent feel. Many metal beds include details and accents, from simple straight lines and bars to more elaborate scrolls and flourishes. The later of these details are meant to replicate the look of antique beds. Generally speaking, the heavier and thicker the metal used the more expensive the bed.