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Box Bed

- a term mostly used to describe a cupboard-like recess built specifically to contain a bed, which is integral with the structure of the building. Often they were built in kitchens where it was warmer. Early examples can be seen at Skara Brae. The beds came to fronted with doors or curtains to give privacy. They were to be found in all classes of scottish houses, some were free standing and very ornate. Often, they seem very short, because people frequently slept in a sitting position supposedly to ease pressure on the chest, at a time when TB was common.