A bed is a piece of furniture manufactured in a Carpenter's workshop and then constructed on an indoor floor. A constructed bed is the base object used to designate bedrooms. Once a bedroom is setup, it may be designated as a barracks or a dormitory. Manufacturing a bed requires one piece of wood. To construct a bed, hover near a Carpenter's workshop, then uery, ssign new task, build ed.
Dwarves gain unhappy thoughts from sleeping without a bed and happy thoughts from having their own, high quality bedrooms, so building beds is often a necessity for a happy fortress.
Unlike many other pieces of furniture, beds can only be created from wood. If your fortress has no surface trees, you will have to bring wood with you, or rely on subterranean trees or trade to get wood for beds.
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 sync, 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.
To assign a dwarf their own bed, first, define a bedroom from that bed by room. Then, hit ssign, and choose a dwarf from the 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.uerying the bed, then making a oom, and using +/- to set the size of that
Beds can be deconstructed even while a dwarf is sleeping in them, causing the dwarf to wake up. See noise, however.
See also: bedroom design
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