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A question about bedroom design…

When I used to visit family members in the southern U.S. whether it was my grandparents and relatives in Louisiana or aunts and uncles in Atlanta, GA, they all had really high beds, that seemed three mattresses high (see pic).

Was that just [b]my[/b] family, or was it a feature of southern homes ?
Ontheroad · M
Hmmm, interesting. It is, or was a Southern thing, as were the poster beds with the high, ornate posts such as seen in your picture. You still see it in B&B's in the South.

I hadn't really thought of it before, but I know the first innerspring mattresses didn't really take off until the 1930s, but even then the topping (over the innerspring) was mostly a pillow stuffed with cotton.

Prior to that, mattresses were essentially extra-large pillows big enough for your whole body, a fabric case filled with down, cotton, or hay, depending on your wealth. They weren't thick, more like 10 inches or less, and not, by modern-day standards, all that comfortable.

Maybe it came to be when the wealthier began stacking the mattresses to try to get a more comfortable sleeping platform?
robb65 · 56-60, M
I think it was common to stack several thinner mattresses on top of the springs (back before "box springs" became a thing). I've even heard my dad talk about how they stored the extra quilts between the mattresses.
ArtieKat · M
I remember my grandparents beds (London, 1950s/60s) being very high too.
Considering the average height of all the members of the families in the areas I have been residing at,
[i]this[/i] heighted beds do Not exist.
@Lyfis2live My aunt was 5’2" and had them, with the kind of bedside "steps" similar to the photo.
@bijouxbroussard I am Not exposed to cultures outside mine. So, don't have much to add.
I'd say it was a thing of the period.
Quite luxurious!

Similar architectural and design elements are common in homes throughout the south.
Piper · 61-69, F
I don't recall any of my relatives having beds anywhere near that high, but none of them lived in states considered the "'Deep' South".
I think it's not just an 'era' thing, but also an age thing : high beds are easier to get out of just need to kinda roll out 😄
@OogieBoogie I needed a stair thingy, like the one by the bed in the picture.
Ontheroad · M
@OogieBoogie Good point about the age thing thing.
@Ontheroad I've always loved high beds for some reason .
I remember sleeping in one at a friend's place when I was little, in a cute cottage in the country, sometime before the age of five .

I don't know why it left such an impression on me ...thru just seem fancy and distinguished 😂
Tanoos · 41-45, F
in bed room dark color is not good.
@Tanoos To help facilitate sleep…why not ?
Tanoos · 41-45, F
@bijouxbroussard may be 🥱
Dino11 · M
Looks very expensive
iamonfire696 · 41-45, F
I would need those stairs because I am short. That’s not a thing up here where I live in canada.

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