Beds are made throughout Africa, mainly for resting during the day, like daybeds. In most areas, they are carved out of a single piece of wood. The complexity of their designs varies enormously.
The Senufo have amongst the most beautiful but simplest beds. They consist of a completely flat and minimally adorned surface, heavy tapering legs and a sloping headrest – sometimes conceived in the form of a turtle. While some are quite small, most are over 2m long, 1m wide and 1m high.
Senufo beds, like Senufo stools, are functional works of art.