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Wooden Trundle Beds & Truckle Beds

Once children had reached one year old cradles were put away and trundle beds, otherwise called truckle beds, became the new night time home. Similar to under eaves beds, only smaller and lower, the heritage of wooden trundle beds goes back to medieval times. Then, important soldiers had a trusted manservant sleep close by in a bed that was stored under the main bed when not in use.

Dorothy Quincy Room, Showing Trundle Bed, Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington, Mass.
Dorothy Quincy Room, Showing Trundle Bed, Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington, Massachusetts.

Trundle beds were fairly functional pieces of furniture and the various movements in styles did little to influence their design. In later times wooden wheels were attached to the legs to allow for rolling under the main four poster bed.

A New England bedroom of about 1800, showing four poster with curtains and valance, and truckle bed to be pulled out from beneath larger bed.
A New England bedroom of about 1800, showing four poster with curtains and valance, and truckle bed to be pulled out from beneath larger bed.


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