Definition of charpoy
:a bed used especially in India consisting of a frame strung with tapes or light rope
You will see the humble charpoys in almost all rural and semi urban homes in India.
On what we call dhabas here which are truck stops where long distance truck drivers stop for a meal and some rest, you will find a number of them in the front courtyards.
I personally cannot use them any more due to the condition of my hips, but they are very comfortable and act like hammocks in set frames.
This humble but ubiquitous piece of furniture from India has now gone global! At least a start has been made in Australia! The story behind this development has been nothing less than a sensation in the Indian media. The social media too has been very active posting the advertisement from Australia.
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i have seen something of similar design for pets in this country… on a smaller scale of course. but it keeps especially older dogs off the floor where the cold might seep into their painful old bones even through blankets.
they seem to love it.
but alas… not enough firm support for my own back.
still i can see that it’s a neat idea. especially for the use of the truck drivers for instance.
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I didn’t know that you had similar but smaller ones for pets over there! One lives and learns. Thank you.
I’m glad the idea is spreading, but I will stick to my super comfortable bed for my poor old bones. 🙂
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It doesn’t look comfortable, but that may be misleading. Our own overly quilted and stuffed mattresses are a case in point—they look comfortable, but can be too yielding and can even harm the spine. So, as in everything in life, looks aren’t the whole story!
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Having used them prior to my hip problems manifesting themselves, I can assure you that it is not a good idea for people with back or joint problems.
The Australian made ones are very expensive but they wouldn’t harbour dust mites as regular bedding does and they are made from all natural materials, which is another big plus.
Are they used as a bed for overnight sleeping or more as something to have a quick nap on?
They are used as settees, beds for naps and also to sleep in the nights. Since they are light in weight, they are usually stacked up against walls to save space during the time when they are not in use.
An interesting alternative to the conventional bed. Hard to say whether it would be comfortable or not, but as I have no back problems perhaps it would be. The only alternative to a standard bed I’ve tried is a futon. Fairly comfortable but it eventually got so grubby it had to be thrown out!
I use a reed mat, very much like a futon for my yoga exercises. It has to be kept clean by wiping it down with a wet cloth after every use.
It is a beautiful piece of furniture with endless possibilities – both for interior and exterior settings.
That it is. Thank you.
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