The History of Beds


If you are considering a new bed for your home, then there are many types to choose from. There are beds for all needs, from modern to antique, and even rustic and upholstered styles. You will want to consider all of your options before purchasing a bed.

The bed is an important piece of furniture, and it has a long and colorful history. From its humble beginnings as a simple platform to today’s modern day comfort, the bed has evolved in design, materials and function. Today’s beds are more than just a place to sleep, they also serve as a decor piece in the home. Some of the more popular designs include lofts, futons, and memory foam mattresses.

The first mattress known to man was probably around 77,000 years old. It was made of layers of reeds and rushes. Probably not the most comfortable thing to lie on, but it was a start.

During the Middle Ages, beds were more complex. They were often covered with gold and elaborately carved. These beds were used both for sleeping and for sitting during the day.

One of the most practical inventions during the early 20th century was the waterbed. This was designed to provide a warm bed to sick people. These beds were filled with water and heated in the sun.

Another notable invention was the four-poster bed. These beds were topped with a linen sheet, heavy fabric curtains, and colorful trim. Although they may have looked fancy, they were not very luxurious.

Other innovations in the bedroom included the half tester bed. Like the poster bed, this was a low foot board that hung over the headboard of the bed. Many of the earliest beds were topped with stone or wood heads. In the late 1700s, these beds were fairly common.

The oldest known “bed” was found at Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was a simple platform, with a bed sized approximately 22 square feet. At the time, the bed was probably about twelve inches thick.

A four-poster bed was a more extravagant affair, and featured inlaid paintings, colorful trim, and a fine linen sheet. It also had a special type of top sheet, shaped like a pyramid. However, the most important part was the fact that the bed was supported by a rope or stone.

The most important part of a good mattress is to know what to look for. There are many different types, including memory foam, innerspring, air, and latex. When buying a new mattress, you should first measure the size of your room. Also, think about how you will use the bed in the future. For instance, if you have a child, you will need to get a bed that is bigger.

Despite the advancements in bed technology over the last few centuries, the basic fundamentals of a bed remain the same. Just make sure that you are getting a good night’s sleep. Keeping an eye out for bed bugs is an important step in the process.