WOODS: The use of poplar as the primary wood was common in the Piedmont, sometimes stained to resemble walnut or cherry and often painted blue or red. This was particularly true of cabinetmakers and turners of German background who adopted poplar as a substitute for their traditional linden tree.
TERMINOLOGY: The word “bedstead” referred to the wooden frame which held the mattress. “Bed” more commonly referred to the mattress itself.
High-posts were used to hold curtain rails. Draped with curtains around the entire bedstead, the piece of furniture could offer semi-privacy as well as a defense against draughts.