The way a sleigh bed is constructed can contribute to its beauty, functionality and also how long it will last. The joinery, sturdiness and finishing of a sleigh bed and sleigh bed furniture will tell you a lot about its quality and value. Mortise and tenon, and dovetails are two of the oldest construction methods of putting together sleigh bed furniture and sleigh beds, and also make for the strongest and best looking joints. The joints on the sleigh beds will also have dowels or screws, but should never be stapled. Only cheaper items use this method. Any glue used should not show outside the joint. Corner blocks add to the strength and stability of the sleigh bed. They are not visible from the outside, but bolt to both sides of interior corners.