How to Draw a Bed

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"Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?"
- Folk song by Lonnie Donegan

Beds are pieces of furniture used for sleeping. Different types of beds have been used throughout history, many very unlike the beds we know today. Some were simple piles of rugs or sacks stuffed with straw, while others were huge and elaborately carved.

Did you know? From ancient times to the European Middle Ages, beds were often used for reclining to eat a meal. Talk about breakfast in bed!

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During medieval times, beds were often surrounded by curtains to keep out drafts. Some beds from fifteenth-century Europe were very large, measuring 7 feet by 8 feet (modern king size beds are just over 6 feet square). The Great Bed of Ware from the sixteenth century measured 10 feet by 11 feet. That is larger than the rooms in many homes! It is thought that the whole family may have slept in them.

The modern bed began to take shape during the 1800s, complete with coiled spring mattresses and metal bed frames, also called bedsteads. The past century has seen numerous innovations, including mattresses filled with water or air, or electronic beds that are adjustable in height, contour, and softness.

Would you like to draw a cartoon bed? This easy, step-by-step cartoon furniture drawing tutorial is here to show you how. You will learn to use simple geometric shapes to draw a realistic bed. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon House, Gingerbread House, and City.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bed

How to Draw Bed: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a rectangular cube. First, draw a parallelogram to form the top of the mattress. Then, extend a straight line downward from each of its three nearest corners. Connect these lines using straight lines, forming the three-dimensional rectangular cube.

How to Draw Bed: Step 2

2. Draw the bedposts, erasing as necessary. Draw a narrow rectangle upon each corner, extending beyond the cube on the top and on the bottom.

How to Draw Bed: Step 3

3. Draw parallel curved lines in a rainbow shape from one bedpost to the other on the narrow end of the bed. This forms the headboard.

How to Draw Bed: Step 4

4. Draw a circle on the top of each bedpost. These are the knobs or pommels.


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How to Draw Bed: Step 5

5. Draw a straight line down the middle of each bedpost, giving them a three-dimensional appearance.

How to Draw Bed: Step 6

6. Draw the blanket on the bed, erasing as necessary. Use overlapping curved lines to draw the lumpy top of the blanket and the overlapping folds of the bottom of the blanket.

How to Draw Bed: Step 7

7. Draw the pillows, erasing as necessary. For each pillow, enclose an oval shape. Draw "U" shaped lines at each of the corners, then draw a curved line to indicate the seam.

How to Draw Bed: Step 8

8. Decorate the footboard of the bed by drawing a rectangle within it, parallel to the exterior.


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How to Draw Bed: Step 9

9. Add the texture of cloth to the blanket, sheet, and pillows using curved lines.

How to Draw Bed: Step 10

Color your bed. Then, learn to draw other cartoon objects.

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How to Draw Bed

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