Examples of 17th Century Beds
Provided by Greydragon furniture where more examples are available
'Truckle' or 'Trundle' Bed which can slide beneath the 'Standing bedstead'
bed, actually the bed frame. It had a board or rope mesh foundation on which was placed a mattress. If the bedstead was 'furnished' it was appraised together with its hangings which would be worth more than the bedstead. (e.g. see 'tester') It would usually be the most impotrtant piece of furniture in the house and a prized status symbol. A 'standing bedstead' would be high enough to have a 'truckle bed' sliding beneath it on which generally a maid would sleep.