Folding bedsteads were useful in small New England homes where space was at a premium. The cabinetmakers of Hampshire County, Massachusetts issued a price list in 1796 that stated a “Cord Bedstead, to turn against the wall” would cost $4. A closely related example to this bedstead is in the collection of Historic Deerfield and another is in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg (see Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield, (New York:, E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1976, p. 98, no. 199) and Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg, (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974), p. 31, no. 19).