A box-bed (or closed bed, close bed, enclosed bed) is a bed enclosed in furniture that looks like a cupboard, half-opened or not. The form originates in western European late medieval furniture. The box-bed is closed on all sides by panels of wood. One enters it by removing curtains, opening a door hinge or sliding doors on one or two slides. The bed is placed on short legs to prevent moisture due to a dirt floor.
Breton box bed:Brittany is famous for its lit-clos (enclosed bed) tradition. Its box beds often have beautiful, intricate carving on the doors, and are sometimes one above the other in a double-decker, two-storey arrangement. The two pictured both come from Finistère, the north-western tip of France. The right-hand one has a linen chest serving as a step up.
♥ I have always wanted an alcove and/or enclosed bed... It appeals as a little hideaway from the world... Especially as I spend a lot of time in bed. Doesn't this just look like the most perfect space in which to curl up with a good book? ♦