The primitive versions of bunk beds were first noted in as far back as the Egyptians, and it is well documented that bunk beds were used in European countries as well as ground and sea military ranks all over the world.
A bunk bed is a type of bed that is specially designed for limited space. It is composed of two beds that are piled one on top of the other to maximize room area. Materials may range from simple wood to elegant steel, which come with varying styles and accessories. Despite its growing recognition, people can't help but entertain the thoughts about the history of this bare furniture. However, its origin is difficult to determine since there is no actual proof that can validate the claims, but there are speculations that indicate the presence of early versions of bunk beds.
Where Did Bunk Beds Originate?
There is no single documented proof as to the first use of this type of bed. However, there are several evidences that indicate the presence of such beds in the early times. Although ancient designs greatly differ from that of the modern creations, there is a great resemblance when it comes to the manner of how it is used as well as its purpose. Here are some of the historical records that can substantiate the origin of the earliest bed bunks, which are as follows:
A similar piece of cot was already used by the Egyptians way back several years ago. However, the materials used were merely improvised such as furs that are tightly secured using ropes. Underneath the hanging bed is a space where another person can sleep.
It was believed that beds of this kind was first observed in Europe particularly in wealthy families. Lords or masters are often seen using this especially during one of their long trips while, the servants are allowed to sleep under their master's sleeping cart. The position of the servants while asleep shows that they are considered inferior class even before the old times.
Bunk Beds could be found in the main cabin of some sailing vessels engaged in trade during the 18th and 19th centuries. Interior sides were lined with bunks fitted with sliding panels to provide privacy, since the captain, mates, and any lady passengers, or the captain's wife, were all accommodated there. In the early ocean liners, particularly on the Transatlantic route, passengers who could not afford a cabin went steerage class instead, where bunks were erected in tiers one above the other, to obtain the maximum sleeping accommodation within the minimum space.
In a military set up, soldiers are often placed in a confined area such as in barracks where they get to relax and sleep as well. This type is frequently used because it can accommodate as many men as it can due to its functionality.
When compared to the modern concept, obviously you can see extremely different masterpieces. A myriad of raw materials are utilized to come up with diverge end products. In fact, beds intended for quadruple occupants have surfaced instead of the usual double accommodation. The only major drawback that is specifically given attention is the safety of the user particularly of the children. Since this requires climbing through ladder, this is not intended for small children under 6 years of age.