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A brief history of…..beds. Did a Pharoah really sleep on that?

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We love learning about our industry at Sleepy Hollow Bedroom Centre. This week we take a dive into the history of beds. From ancient Egyptians to modern-day sleep solutions.

Beds and bedding have a long and fascinating history that can be traced back to ancient times. Let’s explore the history of beds and bedding, starting with the earliest known examples.

The earliest known beds were little more than piles of straw, leaves, or grass, which were spread out on the ground to create a soft and comfortable sleeping surface. Archaeologists have found evidence of such beds in ancient Egypt, where they were often made from palm fronds or other natural materials.

In ancient Egypt, beds were considered a symbol of social status and were often highly decorated with carvings, inlays, and ornate headboards. Mattresses were typically made by skilled craftsmen who wove the natural materials together to create a flat, firm surface for sleeping.

The wealthy in ancient Egypt often slept on beds with more elaborate mattresses, which were stuffed with materials like feathers or wool to make them softer and more comfortable. These mattresses were often covered with fine linen or silk to add an extra layer of comfort and luxury.

Despite their relative simplicity, early Egyptian mattresses were an important innovation in sleep technology. They allowed people to sleep more comfortably and raised sleeping surfaces off the ground, protecting sleepers from insects and other pests.

Today, mattresses have come a long way from the simple woven mats of ancient Egypt, with a wide variety of materials and technologies available to create the perfect sleep surface. However, the basic concept of a flat, comfortable surface for sleeping has remained the same, reflecting the enduring importance of a good night’s sleep throughout human history.

Over time, people began to experiment with different materials and designs to create more comfortable and luxurious beds. In ancient Rome, for example, the wealthy slept on beds made of wood or bronze, with mattresses stuffed with feathers or wool. These beds were often decorated with intricate carvings and adorned with silk or velvet coverings.

In medieval Europe, beds were often little more than wooden frames with ropes strung across them to support a straw or feather mattress. The ropes could be tightened or loosened to adjust the firmness of the bed, and the mattress could be removed for cleaning.

During the Renaissance, beds became more ornate and luxurious, with elaborate carvings, canopies, and curtains. In England, beds were often so large that they had to be built into the walls of the room. These “four-poster” beds were typically made of oak or other hardwoods and were often adorned with richly embroidered fabrics. At Sleepy Hollow Bed Centre we offer many types of beds including our incredible bed frames.

In the 18th century, the invention of the coil spring made it possible to create more comfortable and supportive mattresses. The first coil spring mattress was patented in the United States in 1865, and by the turn of the 20th century, most beds were made with coil spring mattresses.

In the 20th century, beds and bedding continued to evolve, with the invention of new materials and technologies. In the 1950s, for example, foam mattresses became popular, and in the 1960s, waterbeds were introduced.

Today, beds and bedding are available in a wide variety of materials, styles, and price points, from simple metal frames with foam mattresses to high-tech adjustable beds with memory foam and cooling technologies.

In conclusion, the history of beds and bedding is a long and fascinating one, marked by innovation, experimentation, and a never-ending quest for comfort and luxury. From the humble straw-filled bed of ancient times to the high-tech sleep systems of today, the evolution of beds and bedding reflects our ongoing desire for a good night’s sleep.

We know our stuff at Sleepy Hollow, and we’d love to share that knowledge with you. Have a look around our site, find something you like and order (delivery times are shown on the product page), for total peace of mind our team are always available by phone o 01257 265 793, through the chat service on our website and of course, by popping in to see us at The Mill, Cottam St Chorley PR7 2DT. And don’t forget, if you live in the North West we will deliver it and install it all completely free of charge. We even offer free shipping nationwide on almost all products. SLEEP LIKE A PHARAOH!