One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A space in which an individual bed is or is intended to be placed, especially regarded as an area belonging to the bed's occupant, and including the other furniture, possessions, etc., normally adjacent to it.
2Frequently in form bedspace. Accommodation capacity expressed in terms of the number of beds that a hospital, hostel, etc., contains.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From bed + space.
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