Friday, June 2, 2023

Furniture Glossary: Beds, Sleigh Bed

A sleigh bed is easily recognized by the scrolling curves on the top of both the headboard and footboard that appear to be in one fluid motion, replicating horse-drawn sleighs. The structure of this bed is made of sturdy, solid wood in a variety of tones and styles. Dating back to the 19th century, the smooth curves and sleigh-like appearance were preferred by Napoleon and European aristocrats. Once the style reached America, it became an immediate fixture in the Southeast region and can be seen in historic Southern homes as well as modern, traditional homes to this day.

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