What Is A Cabin Bed?Cabin beds are very popular, especially in the US. However there doesn't appear to be a simple definition of the term: you can buy a wide variety of beds by this name. The most well known of these could best be described as Log Cabin Beds, however the term is also used for a Captain's Bed.
It's not just beds that get the "log cabin" treatment - as well as bedroom furniture and bedding you can buy all sorts of "log cabin" stuff from pet houses to toilet seats!
Log Cabin BedThe most frequently found form of cabin bed on the market is designed to resemble that found in a log cabin or hunting lodge. As such they are usually made of wood and the design often makes them appear to be made from solid logs. Depending on how much you spend you can buy anything from a "faux wood" design to a hand crafted genuine log bed.
Many people prefer to have a "natural" look to the wood. A variety of woods and stains are available to choose from - white cedar is popular.
Although a traditional log cabin bed is designed to look simple and rustic, modern versions can be as sophisticated and well-designed as any other form of bed.
The Captain's BedThe term cabin bed is also sometimes used for a captain style bed. These were designed for use in the cabins of an old ship where space was at a premium and there was little if any room to store personal possessions. The captain - unlike most of the crew - had his own cabin and bed. This usually contained drawers underneath and it is the presence of this under-bed storage that is a feature of the captain bed.
Sometimes this style is also combined with a bunk bed. A captain style bed with a fairly small amount of space beneath is referred to as a "mid sleeper" and is more suitable for younger people than an adult high sleeper. As always, safety should be paramount.
Captain's beds are often made in pine.