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40d:Bed

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A bed is manufactured in a Carpenter's workshop and then constructed on an indoor floor. A constructed bed is the base object used to create bedrooms, but barracks can also be created from them. Manufacturing a bed requires one piece of wood. Dwarves gain unhappy thoughts from sleeping without a bed and happy thoughts from having their own, high quality bed, so building beds is often a necessity for a happy fortress.

A beginning fortress might only need 4-5 beds for their initial 7 dwarves, although as time passes and their sleeping rhythms get more out of synch, that number drops. Although a fortress of 100 dwarves might only need a dozen or so beds to accommodate all sleepers at any one time, by the time a fortress reaches that size, some private bedrooms will, most likely, be a good idea, and bedrooms can only be defined from a bed.

Unlike many other pieces of furniture, beds can only be created from wood (however, artifact beds may be made of anything). When settling treeless areas, it is prudent to bring along at least several logs when you Prepare for your Journey in order to make beds. Otherwise you will have to depend on trade to get wood for your beds, which will then be available in autumn at the earliest, if not only much later.

Beds can only be placed indoors. If you are building a bedroom on the surface, the room must have a roof before beds can be placed inside.

To assign a dwarf their own bed, first, define a bedroom from that bed by querying the bed, then making a room, and using +/- to set the size of that room. Then, hit assign, and choose a dwarf from the alphabetical list - the green ones are unassigned, the brown ones already have their own beds assigned. You can (re-)assign a bed when a different dwarf is already sleeping in it - the assignment will take effect when they wake up. Only one single dwarf can be assigned to any one bed, though it is possible for one dwarf to be assigned to multiple beds. If, after you assign a dwarf their bed, you see two dwarves listed, don't panic - it's okay, they're married, and will share that bed.

Injured dwarves will rest in un-assigned beds until they recover. Dwarves who can drag themselves to bed will usually choose their own. They may however use any constructed bed that does not belong to another dwarf, including beds that are not part of any defined room. This is the standard result from the "recover wounded" job. Dwarves resting in beds will recover faster than those left lying around. According to Toady, beds that are built but are not in any defined room will be considered "hospital beds" and further increase healing speed.

Beds can be deconstructed even while a dwarf is sleeping in them. The dwarf will wake up and be temporarily stunned, no other harm is caused. See noise, however.

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