Clas­sic Up­date

Just in time for fam­ily hol­i­day sleep­overs: En­sure guests get a good night’s rest—with­out sac­ri­fic­ing style—on th­ese ver­sa­tile hide­away beds

Traditional Home - - Contents - BY CLARA HANEBERG

Track­ing the his­tory of the modern hide­away bed.

never hear “scooch over” again. Pro­tect your pre­cious sleep, score ma­jor host­ess points, and en­sure your rooms look gor­geous and func­tion beau­ti­fully with a clev­erly de­signed sleeper sofa.

To­day’s dual-pur­pose fur­ni­ture pieces, equipped with premium mat­tresses and shapely frames, are a chic it­er­a­tion of the clas­sic trundle bed, whose his­tory harks back to the early 16th cen­tury.

Then, wooden plat­forms on rollers with rope or leather straps sup­port­ing the mat­tress first ap­peared in sleep­ing rooms. Ser­vants pulled the low beds out from un­der the large mas­ter bed and tried to catch a few winks—while still re­main­ing at the mas­ter’s beck and call.

Dur­ing col­o­niza­tion, trundle beds crossed the At­lantic, be­com­ing a main­stay in Amer­i­can abodes. They con­tin­ued to evolve, and af­ter the Civil War, mod­est homes be­gan to host what we now call hide-a-beds or sleeper so­fas.

Amer­i­can Leather Me­tal legs and thin track arms lend fash­ion-for­ward flair to the “Sul­ley Com­fort Sleeper,” avail­able in sizes Cot to King (amer­i­can­leather.com). Gabby Fin­ished with nail­head trim, the curvy “Carey Sleeper” com­bines el­e­gance with com­fort (gab­by­home .com). Bur­ton James The clean-lined “176 Trundle Bed” boasts sup­port­ive cor­ner seats ideal for in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tion (bur­ton­james .com). Lee In­dus­tries Mod­u­lar feet and tuft­ing on cush­ions lend un­der­stated glam­our to the “5952-77 Trundle Bed” (leein­dus­tries.com).

TRUNDLE BEDS ARE IDEAL FOR DORMER BE­D­ROOMS THAT NEED FLEX­I­BIL­ITY AND LACK THE CEIL­ING HEIGHT FOR BUNK BEDS.”

—El­iz­a­beth Swartz of Bunny Wil­liams In­te­rior De­sign

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