Some homes were well equipped for the well to do of the day as the photo above. They had a sitting room with ample places to sit and perhaps even a settee. But others (photo below), who had little lived a much more sparse existence. It was common for a farmhouse to actually be a part of the barn.
Others would have two ends of the house. The barn containing the equipment needed for the farm and housing the animals stood on one end but you could walk through to the living spaces as you can see if you walk through the door to the left...
They were short as the people slept sitting up thinking they would drown in their own fluids if they laid down flat. Heating? The fireplace is on the opposite wall with the furniture around it so a bedpan filled with hot coals would warm the mattress before retiring.
No couches to lay out on as we know today but a living space contained table and chairs. Often there was a comfortable chair to pull up to the fire and fight off the cold. Foot warmers were used too. These were decorative wooden boxes in which you placed a few hot coals and then placed your feet on the top to warm them.
All these photos were from those I took in September 2009 when we visited the open air museum in Arnhem. You can click on the photos to enlarge them and walk back in time with me.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!