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Did 1840s inns have double beds? The internet is not being much help.

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This site has a lot of information: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/86945440/how-have-bed-sizes-changed-throughout-the-ages-why-has-the-double-died

 

When I think mid-19th century, it seems like most of the museums/stately homes/historical sites I've visited had what I would consider very small beds. Even in master suites it seems like they were maybe like a modern queen size at the most. Not that helpful I know, but my gut feeling is that you're probably looking at single (or smaller!) size beds.

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In Moby Dick (1851) not only does Ishmael get a room in an inn that has a double bed, he finds the other side of the bed is already "rented out" to another tennant: the cannibal Queequeg! (It's a rough start to a memorable alliance, in which even after Queequeg's death, he will indirectly end up saving ishmael's life...)

 

Don't picture a solid mattress over box springs, though; picture a long, wide sack filled with straw, supported by a mesh of ropes...

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