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A sleigh bed is a style of bed with curved or scrolled foot and headboards, thus resembling a sled or sleigh.[1]

Often made of wood and quite heavy, the sleigh bed is a result of the French and American Empire period of the early 19th century.[2] The Empire style, and thus the American Empire style, drew its inspiration from the empires of ancient Rome and Greece.

Today's sleigh beds are made from a variety of materials including wood, iron, steel and aluminum, and often possess less exaggerated curves of the foot and headboards.


  1. ^ Media, New Track (1998-02-01). American Woodworker. New Track Media.
  2. ^ "The Ancient History of the Sleigh Bed". Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. December 22, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2017.