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First Appearance JE: Beta 1.3
PE: 0.4.0
Type of Block Utility
Stackable No

Beds are a crafted utility block that a player can sleep in and set their spawn point within a few blocks of it. Beds were added in Java Edition Beta 1.3 and introduced in Pocket Edition Alpha 0.4.0. In Java Edition 1.12, the ability to dye beds was added. Shepherd villagers have a chance to sell beds in exchange for emeralds. Ten beds will generate in every village.


Sleeping in a bed will change the world time to dawn when all of the players within a Minecraft world are sleeping. It will also set the user's spawn point to a few blocks within the bed. The spawn point is not tied to the bed itself; instead, the game checks for a bed's presence when a player dies, and it acts accordingly. This allows for the bed to be moved while still preserving the spawn point, as long as a bed is still nearby at the time of death. If the player hasn't slept nor died for three in-game days, Phantoms will start to appear at night and attack them.

There are four occasions when beds cannot be slept in:

  • If the time is not night.
  • If there are hostile mobs nearby.
  • If there is another player or mob already sleeping in the bed.
  • If the bed is within the Nether or The End.

The first three situations will result in a message stating that a player is unable to sleep in the bed. If a player is in the Nether or the End, instead of a message, the bed will explode when a player tries to sleep in it. The bed will be destroyed, as well as any blocks within about a four-block radius around it. Nearby blocks may also be lit on fire. The explosion itself will kill a player if close enough who tried to sleep in the bed, and possibly any other players or mobs who happened to be near the explosion.

As of update 1.12, additional features have been added to beds. They can be dyed in various colors. This is accomplished by placing the bed within a Crafting Table, along with the desired dye. This is less costly than combining wool with dye, which requires 3 dyes. Players can also bounce on beds. However, beds do not bounce players as high as slime blocks, and they will only negate some of the fall damage. Besides, the inventory model is now 3D and the legs are in block form.

Beds speed up the curing process of zombie villager.


Wool colors must match as of Java Edition 1.12/Bedrock Edition 1.1.0.

None None None
Wool Wool Wool
Wood Planks Wood Planks Wood Planks


A Bed can be harvested with any tool or by hand.

Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[note 1]
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.


  • It's possible to destroy a bed while a player is sleeping by simply aiming slightly downward. After the user does this, however, when they touch a 2×1 wall or ceiling, it will cause damage, and walking into a corner will show suffocation. This will continue until a player goes back to sleep for the night.
  • During the Beta version, if one placed their bed near a wall, a zombie or a skeleton would spawn beside them. However, it couldn't attack the user. This glitch was removed in the Beta 1.9 pre-release 1.
  • Sleeping in a bed with an opaque block directly above it will result in suffocation.
  • A bed is comprised of two blocks. A single block in item form can only be obtained in Pocket Edition, and only through mods or while in Creative.
  • If a player or destroys the blocks beneath the bed, the bed will float in the air.
  • A player will always wake up on the west side of the bed. 
    • Players can use this trick to go into a secret base because they no-clip through the wall. This is useful against enemy players.
  • Before the 1.12 update, a player could use any type of wood and wool to craft a bed, but they would still get the red bed texture regardless of which materials are used.
  • The Sky Dimension was a planned dimension in Minecraft, and it was intended to be the opposite of the Nether. To get there, one would sleep, and there would be a chance that the user would teleport there.
  • Sleeping in a bed with a mob head above it will place a player's POV inside the head.
  • Players can sleep in a bed while it is still daytime but only during a Thunderstorm.
  • Before Java Edition 1.12, using all six planks and all sixteen wool combinations, there were 3,456 different ways to craft a bed.
  • Minecraft 'speed-runners' use the bed as a method to kill the Ender Dragon because of the bed's ability to explode in the End. Approximately four beds are required to defeat an Ender Dragon. If healing is enabled, a fifth bed is required.
  • Sleeping in a bed while falling will delay the fall damage until the user wakes up.
  • Whenever one places a block above a bed, when they shift-click the block before going to sleep will make a player fall off the bed and onto the ground while a player is sleeping. It won't hurt a player. This was discovered in 1.2.1.
  • A bed can now be pushed by a Piston.
  • Villagers can now sleep on a bed when it is night time. Players may wake them up gently, or by force, which will make them upset. Beds also affect the population of a village.
  • There is an illogical feature in the game where villagers can sleep in the Nether or the End without their beds exploding.


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