Sleeping Pallet

Humble Abode —  November 10, 2010 — Leave a comment

You may have read in historical novels or history books about some character or figure who slept on a pallet. What is a sleeping pallet? Today, the term refers to a platform, manufactured from wood, plastic, metal or paper, used to transport goods from one place to another with the use of a pallet jack or forklift. This device provides a stable flat surface for stacking any item that needs to be moved. The sleeping pallet refers to a thin mattress or bed of hay, grass or straw that was covered with a linen or cloth. The sleeping pallet was placed on the floor, not on a structure or frame. This uncomfortable sleeping arrangement was meant for servants or those of a lower economic station. The servant put their sleeping pallet to the side or foot of their master’s bed so they could attend to any needs during the night. The sleeping pallet was commonly used in Medieval Europe. During the Colonial Era up until the Civil War in America, slaves were often provided no more than a sleeping pallet in their quarters. Today, most of us sleep on mattresses, whether inner spring, foam or futon style. If you have ever visited a historical site such as Williamsburg in Virginia, try to imagine how life must have been if you were a slave or poor and only had a straw mattress and thin blanket to sleep on after a hard day of manual labor.

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I am the Merchandise Manager for Humble Abode. I am located in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful Sonoma County, part of California's wine country. Humble Abode is an online retailer of furniture and furnishings offering a wide selection of furniture for sale to suit every taste and budget.

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