Fainting couch, Green Gables Heritage Place

Parks Canada1800/1900

Parks Canada

Parks Canada
Gatineau, Canada

Small dark leather couch with one armrest and a wooden frame.

During the mid-19th century, the fainting couch or daybed became popular. This curvier type of sofa evolved because the tightly corsetted ladies of the period would collapse onto it to catch their breath. This couch was often placed close to the wood stove in the kitchen, where people could stay warm during the cold winter.


  • Title: Fainting couch, Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Creator: Parks Canada
  • Date Created: 1800/1900
  • Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Location Created: Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Rights: ©Parks Canada. All rights reserved.

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