The Top 5 Most Amazing Beds Ever

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Most people don’t spend much time thinking about the piece of furniture they spend most of their time using because they tend to be asleep when they use it. We’re talking about beds, of course. For those of you who do spend time pondering the bed, however, you’ll be glad to know there’s a rich history behind this proud but humble piece of furniture. And around the world today people have done some pretty amazing things with bed- and bedroom design. That racecar bed you had as a kid has got nothing on these amazing beds!

5 The Hanging Bivouac

What is the weary rock climber to do when it’s time to call it a day? Rappel all the way back down to flat land and lose the progress they made that day? Never! They merely create themselves a hanging bivouac and grab some rest right there on the side of the cliff. The hanging bivouac was first popularized in the early 1930s by Italian climber Emilio Comici. Just as the name suggests, it consists of a shelter suspended from a cliff of rock or ice. More than any other type of sleeping arrangement, this is one bed you want to make very, very well every time you use it.

4 The Aquarium Bed

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If you ever wanted to sleep under the sea (and we don’t mean a metaphor for being dead), then the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort offers you the chance to make your dreams come true. Note: Plan to be quite rich before looking into this specific dream fulfillment. The resort periodically converts their undersea restaurant space into a private bedroom, allowing guests to snuggle up in a bed situated 15 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. From your cozy bed, you can gaze up through the sloping glass walls at calming critters like sharks and eels and jellyfish!

3 A King Sized Bed In-Flight

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How would you like to crawl into a warm, soft bed, turn on the wall’s built-in flat screen TV, and then dim the lights and just relax … while at 36,000 feet? Some of the Airbus company’s A380 jumbo jets let their well-heeled passengers do exactly that. For only many thousands of dollars per ticket, you could book your next flight halfway around the globe to be spent lying in a full-sized bed, letting the turbulence gently rock you to sleep.

2 The Biggest Bed in the World

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We’re giving this bed second place on our list because it was designed solely to be a record setter, but set a record it did. The Guinness world record for the largest bed is held by a bed some 86 feet long and 54 feet wide. It was created by a group of designers from The Netherlands and was debuted in May of 2011.

1 The Great Bed of Ware

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This might just be history’s most famous bed. It was built in 1580 by an Englishman named Jonas Fosbrooke to be used in the White Hart Inn in the town of Ware, England. The bed, which can still be seen in the Ware Museum, is 10 feet wide and 11 feet long, and was said to frequently sleep up to 15 people at once. Its place in history was cemented by Shakespeare’s mention of the Great Bed of Ware in his play “Twelfth Night.”

Steven John is a published novelist and competitive pole vault champion. (The latter is not true.) His writing runs the gamut from speculative fiction to essays fueled by a mix of mirth and derision. He has never been to Lisbon but, statistically speaking, is probably taller than you.

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