In the days of old, life was not a bed of roses and most of the folks were poor and slept on straw mats laid out on bare wooden floor or cement floor.
A Canvas Bed was a luxury. For a poor tired soul worn out by a day’s hard toil, it afforded him/her that proverbial cosy rosy slumber. It was nice to sleep on, especially on a warm humid night, with convection cooling reaching underneath the body, and the canvas providing contour-compliant support for the body. Sounds rather advanced, right ?
In retrospect, the design was simple, elegant and low-cost, and it could be folded and tucked away for space-saving. Periodically, the canvas had to be scrubbed with detergent and dried out in the sun for hygiene reasons – human body odour, mites, etc.