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Swedish Maid's Benches


By Scandinavian Antiques - January 10, 2017

The history of this bench adds to its already existing charm. In a Swedish 1800’s country farmhouse, sleeping space was often limited and cold. Households that could afford a maid had "beds" like this one that served as a bench alongside the kitchen table where the family ate its meals. At night time, the base of the bench was opened to reveal a "bed", where the maid would sleep comfortably in the warmth of the kitchen. In the morning, she would simply slide the bottom bed or large drawer back in place and begin her daily chores. To see this bench click here