Trundle Beds



By the time the dishes were all wiped and set away, the trundle bed was aired. Then, standing one on each side, Laura and Mary straightened the covers, tucked them in well at the foot and the sides, plumped up the pillows and put them in place. Then Ma pushed the trundle bed into its place under the big bed. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods


Once children had reached one year old cradles were put away and trundle beds, otherwise called truckle beds, became the new night time home. Similar to under eaves beds, only smaller and lower, the heritage of wooden trundle beds goes back to medieval times. Then, important soldiers had a trusted manservant sleep close by in a bed that was stored under the main bed when not in use.


Mattress covers were filled with corn husks, straw or any suitable plant material that was available, and spread over the rope “netting”.  .  . But as life got more prosperous for many, with bigger houses, space-saving trundle beds had other meanings too, and some American children from small homes got called “trundle bed trash”.

Love the poem and the drawing!

Trundle Bed” quotes from literature

Do you remember the time when the cute
little toddlers that we now call kindergarteners
were once designated as trundle bed trash? Of
course you don’t, but great, grandfather may. It
happened this way. In those days when a baby
was born Its father went into the woods and
carved a basket for the baby from the limb of a
tree. With casters on the corners the baby bed
could be trundled under the bed of its parents.
When the babies went to school the older ones
perhaps now in the second reader, designated the
newcomers as Trundlebed trash. Kinda cut.
wasn’t it?
Newspaper clipping from 1953

PICTURES of Trundle Beds

Trundle Bed

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2 Responses to Trundle Beds

  1. JoAnn says:

    Interesting information. Those pictures are nice too. I’ve always liked the look of trundle beds.

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