Advert for Stidolph's Bedstead
Medium: Print on paper
Dust was one of the biggest problems for the 19th century housewife and her servants. At the beginning of the period, heavy and elaborate drapery was a fashionable accessory for one's windows, tables and beds. These heavy materials created a considerable amount of dust and encouraged bedbugs and other insects.
Bedsteads like the ones featured in this leaflet became popular after 1860 because they were much easier to keep clean than heavy drapes. They were often designed with bulbous feet to prevent bugs from climbing up the bed legs.