the framework of a bed supporting the springs and a mattress.
Historical Examples

It was a large, dark, oak-paneled room, with a dark carpet on the floor and dark-green curtains on the windows and the bedstead.
Capitola’s Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

With the bed-key, which was in the closet, I took down the bedstead as quietly as I could.
Seek and Find Oliver Optic

First it might be a table or a cupboard, or perhaps a bedstead or a cast-iron cookstove.
Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail Ezra Meeker

To the end of his weapon he fitted an iron washer taken from the bedstead.
Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine

The people of the gambling-house kept their bedstead machinery a secret from us—even from the police!
Stories By English Authors: France Various

He tried to find the door, but the top of the bedstead was now in the way.
Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer

The posts at the four corners of the bedstead stood like masts.
A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade

There were two chairs and a bedstead, with a straw mattress on it.
Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston

There was no bedstead, but an accumulation of rags in one corner covered two dirty little children.
The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland

Shut the door, put out the candle, turn me up in the bedstead!
The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens

the framework of a bed, usually including a headboard and springs but excluding the mattress and other coverings

c.1400, from bed (n.) + stead; strictly “the place occupied by a bed,” but usually “raised stand on which a bed sits.”

used in Deut. 3:11, but elsewhere rendered “couch,” “bed.” In 2 Kings 1:4; 16:2; Ps. 132:3; Amos 3:12, the divan is meant by this word.


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