The little sister to the Shaker Bed, the light scale of the Rhianna works to fit any room, no matter how small. As a perfect starter bed for newlyweds, or as a secondary bed to fit below one of our Loft Beds, these beds are designed to last generations. The entire bed is constructed using mortise and tenon joinery, including the side rails into the leg assemblies. Simplistic and graceful in design while powerful in construction, the bed maintains a timeless sense about it. Due to the beds historical nature, we consider it one of our most treasured bed designs.
Circa 1991. This bed was made to replace the old Four Poster Bed that was the “regular” bed option derived from the Trundle Top – the four-leg and headboard top of our Trundle Bed.
To design this bed, we found some illustrations in a book we had in the old Rockville showroom of a bed called the “Hired Man’s Bed.” It was a simple, four-legged bed with a plain, vertical headboard. Someone at the shop – maybe Greg - added the arced top to both the headboard and footboard, I think, when we did the original design work. We have done a version, several times, that had a flat top on the head and foot, but I think that these were custom versions of the bed made AFTER the original design went into production.
Greg did much of the design work on this bed (if not ALL of it), as he wanted a more traditional bed with four legs that incorporated the more sophisticated joinery we developed for our four-legged tables, as our original Four Poster Bed really was pretty rudimentary, with lap joints and lag bolts.
Greg thought he was naming this bed after the Fleetwood Mac song, “Rhiannon”. The title track got its name from a book Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac’s lead singer, was reading. The book went into detail about the legend of a Welsh goddess named Rhiannon. Greg got the name wrong, substituting the name “Rhianna” instead. This original name stuck, even after we discovered the error.