The History of Bedroom Design Spans into Centuries
A third of our life is spent in the bedroom. It’s no wonder many view it as a sanctuary – a place to relax away from the stresses of the day!
As lifestyles get busier, bedroom design has evolved over the years to suit our needs and to reflect the feelings of relaxation and tranquility we require. As a result, luxury bedrooms have become more of a necessity than a desire.
The history of designed bedrooms can be traced back a long way. The ancient Egyptians had high bedsteads which were reached by steps, with bolsters or pillows with curtains which hung around the bed in decoration. Pharaohs and queens slept on beds made of wood which were sometimes gilded and often included a head-rest which was made of stone, wood or metal and was semi-cylindrical.
The Ancient Assyrians, Medes and Persians frequently decorated their bedroom furniture with inlays of metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Throughout this time, luxury was often just limited to the very rich, but in the 13th century luxury increased. Bedsteads were made of wood and decorated with inlays, carvings and paintings. Cushions were covered with silk and laid upon leather. Small hanging lamps were introduced into the bedroom and curtains were hung above the bed.
Through the 14th century rich materials became more important than the quality of the woodwork used to make the furniture. Silk, velvet and gold cloth were used as hangings which were sometimes lined with fur and richly embroidered.
Iron beds were introduced in the 18th century and in England the four poster bed was slept upon by most of the common people right up to the middle of the 19th century.
Bedroom furniture today tends to be manufactured as matching sets, whereas pre-20th century free-standing hand-made bedroom furniture was used. Today, looking back through history, we have more inspiration than ever to make our bedrooms as unique in design and style as we wish. Many styles are now mixed together in great designs which are being influenced from many parts of the world. Such styles include gothic, elegant, exotic, romantic, Victorian, French and modern. The variety and availability of materials means that bespoke bedrooms of unique designs are within the reach of all of us, taking us away from the often monotonous pre-packaged plastic and MDF that have become so commonplace.