I took my feather pillow to a slumber party and came home with the title belt
My brother put my cousin in the hospital with one. Split his head on the corner of a wall after getting his legs taken out from under him. There was six of us all about the same age (13-15). We'd get someone to run past the hallway and we'd try to knock him down by throwing the pillows. You can really whip those suckers.
Ask me what we used to do with our pellet guns at the cottage. Yup. A live shooting gallery! My son begged me for years for a pellet gun and the answer was always a quick "NO". lol
I can see two problems with a rope bed. Firstly, they are seriously uncomfortable if you have a back problem. Maybe early h. sapiens had better posture since they weren’t sitting on a couch playing video games and eating Cheetos all day, but I think they suffered too. The second problem is vulnerability. Getting out of a hammock is usually less than graceful and you often end up rolling out awkwardly, so if a sabre-tooth was coming in fast I suspect he would get an easy lunch.
Going way back to sabre-tooth days, I think you'd get an "Intruder Detected" warning from those on watch at night. That's the old guys (if they made it to 50) who only sleep a couple hours at a time like they do today. Someone was always awake. The young guns get a good night's rest because they need the energy to chase down and tackle the Irish Elk they plan on brining home for dinner the next day. The pelt would also make a nice bed spread, and that giant rack a nice headboard. lol.
Sounds funny but we know they had close quarter battles with large animals because Neanderthals have the same type of healed bone breaks as Rodeo Cowboys do today.