The history of the single bed

by Shameelah Khan March 09, 2022 2 min read

The history of the single bed


We’re sure that you must have heard all about single beds and probably even own one. But are you familiar with their rich history? Are you aware and knowledgeable about what makes the single bed so unique and beloved of many households? You most likely even own one yourself! Well, here at Furnitireful we decided that today is a great opportunity to cover everything to do with this glorious and practical little bed that has been around since forever. We’ll go over what it is, its dimensions as well as how it has evolved through the decades to become a bedroom staple. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get into it!


What is a single bed?


A single bed is the smallest standard bed size available on the market today. Also known as a twin bed, this bed is most commonly used by a single person and is very commonly used to sleep children in. Additionally, they are the standard bed size used for bunk beds.


The History of the single bed


Single beds have always been in fashion, especially between married couples, many of whom slept separately on such beds between 1870 and 1970. However, research since the late 19th century shows how this practice of sleeping on separate twin beds was adopted so that couples did not pass on germs through exhaled breath. By the early 20th century single beds were common for being fashionable rather than for health precautions. However, by the 1960s they began to be seen as a sign of a failing marriage and slowly began to fall out of fashion.


What are the dimensions of a standard single bed?


A standard single bed comes in at a length of 190cm and a width of 90cm, ideal for small children.

Shameelah Khan
Shameelah Khan


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