Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The local cabinetmakers made beautiful furniture for the homes in Amana.  The furniture of the bedroom usually had twin size beds, made of a variety of designs.  The headboards and the foot boards were usually the same height and of solid wood paneling in walnut, cherry or fruit wood. One exception to this was the "Ebenezer"bed in which there was a small negative space on both the headboard and foot board next to the corner posts. We put the two side by side to make a king headboard for today's beds. The beds were shorter than those on the for sale today. Mattresses of horsehair made by the harness men were supported by ropes which were knotted in a square pattern and attached to the frame's pegs. The beds were place parallel to the sides of the room with a nightstand on the male's side.

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