The Evolutions of Beds
Bed is an article of furniture used for sleeping or resting. Throughout history, Beds have ranged from simple, straw-filled mattresses to elaborate piece of furniture with elegant frames and decorated with rich fabrics. Like other furniture, Beds often have served as symbols of social rank and wealth.
Beds in their simplest form are just raised platforms designed to support a relaxing body. As old he chairs, they have also gone through an astonishing member of variations on the basic theme. In addition to reflecting generally prevailing tastes of a period, they have also been associated with particular styles of textile draperies or added detail while the essential sleeping platform has substantially remained the same.
In ancient Egypt, Beds were initially crude wooden frames lashed together; developing into sophisticated jointed frames, complete with a proper suspension system of the leather thongs. The Egyptian Beds were supported on short legs, usually in the form of a bull’s foot and were often supplied with a separate head-rest, as headboards were uncommon. Examples of royal furniture have survived and demonstrated a high degree of design sophistication. The gold-covered canopy for Queen Hetapheres illustrates this. Designed as a simple frame with hooks for net curtains for the top and sides, it could be assembled or dismantled at will.
The Egyptian established type from for Beds that have remained ever since. A long with the simple supporting frame type, and the canopied Bed, a version of a folding Bed was found in the terms of King Tutankhamen.
In the classical Greece and Rome, he Bed developed into a couch which was also used for relaxing upon at mealtimes. Styles varied from simple Bed platforms made from metal or woods, to sofas with high backs and arms. This style was continued in Byzantine times, often with an architectural emphasis in the design, but by the 12th century important Beds were beginning to be furnished with testers and curtains, both for comfort and status. During the 19th century demand for both hygiene and space-saving meant further developments in Bed design. In the 20the century Beds followed changing fashions. Art Nouveau produced Bedsteads with swirling cravings or pictorial inlays. Art Deco’s exotic creations ranged from Eileen Gray’s Lacquered boat Bed, to steel and glass Beds.