A bed is an integral part of sleep and sleep cycle too. Different varieties of beds are available in the market. Teak, Burma ironwood, Anjanam, Sappan wood, Gaub tree or the Malabar ebony, the flowering murdah, sandal wood, fir, timber are all trees used for making beds.
When kings ruled this land, the beds were mostly made of sandalwood. Being able to sleep on a sandalwood bed was considered a fortune and was believed to grant repute, honour, a long life and the defeat of enemies. Beds made of the flowering murdah or teak were thought to bring prosperity while beds made of sappan wood was believed to bring prosperity and a long life. When making beds out of fir, Kubil, the Malabar ebony, the Burma ironwood or timber, take care not to mix it with other woods. But mixing tree turmeric with the flowering murdah and the teak is very auspicious. Driftwood, and wood of trees that fell during a storm or by elephants are not fit for this purpose. Also trees in cemeteries, pathways or near temples should not be used for making beds for a good sleep cycle. Trees with climbers and creepers on them and trees on which birds have nested – these are also unfit for the same. Making beds out of wood that meet the above mentioned requirements will bring good health, a sound sleep and prosperity to the household.