Rope Beds and Canopy Beds


Here are a few pictures of some rope beds and canopy beds (many of which are also rope beds) from the Middle Ages (and the 17th century).   The images are all thumbnails, linked to larger pictures.

Pictures of my rope bed with a copy of the plans are available here.

Issues about rope size, tightening the bed, and padding are detailed here.


Weald & Downland museum bed Welsh trundle bed

Original 16th century rope bed used as the model by the Weald & Downland Museum (England).

17th century Welsh "trundle" rope bed designed to roll away under another bed.
17th century English oak canopy bed mid-17th century rope canopy bed
17th century English oak canopy bed.  You can see the holes for the ropes. Another mid-17th century English canopy bed that used ropes.
English canopy bed, 1580-1630 Mid 17th century rope bed
Bed dated to around1580-1630.  English and made from oak.  Also shows rope holes. Another mid-17th century rope bed.
Thomas Stanley bed, 1500 Lovely Hall, Blackburn England bed
The Thomas Stanley bed, Central Lancashire, 1500-1521.  Bed in Lovely Hall near Blackburn, England.  1500-1530.
Bed of Sir Rhys ap Thoman of Dynefwr Central Lancashire bed, 1500
Welsh bed of Sir Rhys ap Thomas of Dynefwr.  c. 1505. The enlarged picture shows details of one side rails and the foot rail..   Central Lancashire bed, c 1500-1521, of oak.
A reproduction of 16th century English poster bed and trundle bed. A 16th century original Tudor rope bed in the museum in Saffron Walden, England.


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