RE:  [medievalsawdust] Re: beds
>I don't think that those are "slats" like we think of them. With zeroI don't get it. The frame is clearly independent of those boards, and
>clearance between them, I think that they are a "floor" for the bed
there appears to be a special strut whose function is to support the
slats. I don't see how there's any real difference between slats with
spaces between them, and slats that don't have spaces between them. (There
has to be *some* space between them in any case, to accommodate the
It looks like the lower edge of the long rails corresponds exactly with the
level of the underside of the slats. If so, then the slats rest only on
This is one example of a "box-bed" (German "kastenbett" or
chest-bed). These show up in the late MA and continued in use through the
19th c. They can hold a pretty thick bag of straw, and often were built
into an alcove so they held heat well.
This thing still exists in a museum - somebody run over to Germany and
check it out and get back to us, OK?
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